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Our programs provide a unique environment of learning, nurturing and healing within a connected peer-to-peer community.

If you’re struggling with addiction, we can help you get your life back.


Call our toll free confidential helpline 1-866-524-5633

Program Goals:

  • Long term abstinence from drugs and/or alcohol
  • Improved psychical and mental health
  • Improved family and social relationship
  • Access to educational and employment opportunities


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The primary adult program is recommended 90 days.  For those who are unable to attend for that length, we have options for 65 day condenced program or a 10-day introduction to recovery.

During a client’s stay they explore the core issues that led to their addiction. The Primary Care program presents the framework and an action plan that leads to sustainable recovery.

The Social Model at Westminster House provides the reintroduction to drug-free social activities within the community. Allowing an opportunity to teach clients how to have fun and to experience life as enjoyable and productive without drug use. Westminster House understands that addiction is the disease of isolation and that making connections is the best medicine and the advantages of the Social Model of Recover

In a collaborative framework, Westminster House conducts thorough primary and ongoing assessments that result in individualized, goal-oriented, and person-centred treatment and re provided with one-to-one support with their Case Worker in scheduled sessions or as needed.

Westminster House believes that group counselling is part of a holistic, living, healing process. Staff and clients participate in a community of recovery where peers review old behaviours, thoughts, and values. New goals and associations are encouraged. Employing multidisciplinary approaches developed through 35 years of group process, group sessions cover: 12 Steps, skills development, value clarification, alcohol and drug education, self-esteem, goal setting, boundary setting, conflict resolution, creating and maintaining change, attitudes, self-awareness, relapse prevention, accountability, feeling identification, problem-solving, social responsibility, intimacy, and health.  Group sessions are conducted daily.

Part of living in a therapeutic community is the regular assignment of chores used to provide skills development to clients/residents and create a sense of belonging and personal integrity. Clients participate in food service activities such as menu planning, meal preparation and related activities. Clients help organize Westminster House events and activities organized for fundraising purposes.

Social/Recreation:  Clients/residents are encouraged to participate in social activities at Westminster House and to take advantage of social and recreational opportunities available in the community. Westminster House encourages or organizes video nights, group field-trips (i.e.: Art Gallery), attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings/conventions/round-ups, and special activities on holidays. These activities create experiences in enjoying a substance-free lifestyle.

Wellness: The Wellness program utilizes movement of energy, massage, and specialized pain management techniques. Weekly Acupuncture and massage sessions are scheduled for each client to participate in.  Groups participate in yoga, Zumba and recreation.

Introspective Writing: Written exercises include guides through the twelve steps, daily personal journals and written assignments derived from group material, individual sessions, or family work.

Education is provided on values clarification, alcohol and drug issues, 12-Step recovery, self-esteem, goal setting, boundary setting, conflict resolution, creating and maintaining change, changing attitudes, self-awareness, relapse prevention, responsibility, accountability, feeling identification, problem solving, social responsibility, intimacy, relationships, health, and life skills.

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We provide addiction recovery services to youth and emerging adults.  During a the stay they explore the core issues that led to their addiction. The youth and emerging adult program presents the framework and an action plan that leads to sustainable recovery.

The WHYEA  live in a separate facility within the Westminster House campus.  The peer to peer environment support the youth to be supervised at all times.  Youth and Emerging Adults are supported to improve overall functioning via participation in long term residential addiction treatment using our uniqe Social Model.   Westminster House provides a continuum of care that includes a mental health assessment, individual and group counselling, peer support, balanced diet and nutrition, recreation, socialization, family support, support recovery transitional programs including continuing care and access to educational opportunities post treatment.

When you suspect that your child is suffering with addiction issues, please contact our 24 hour helpline.


Call our toll free confidential helpline 1-866-524-5633


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We provide web-based programs that specialize in family support and addiction treatment and co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, and other psychosocial issues.  Our complimentary assessments provide a careful throughout recommendation to where to start in our extensive program, keeping in mind the unique and individual needs of every client.

  • Peer Support
  • Recovery Coaching
  • Addiction Counselling
  • Clinical Counselling
  • Group Sessions
  • Aftercare

Other areas of support are grief counselling, trauma, parental coaching, and counselling for stress, anxiety, and depression.  All our clients are supported from a strengths-based perspective.

Westminster House facilitators are registered recovery coaches, certified addictions counsellors, registered clinical counsellors and master level counsellors.



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The OnGoing Recovery Program is an extension of the Westminster House residential Primary Care Program. It is necessary to provide a full continuum of care to clients seeking an exit to the cycle of addiction.  This program focuses on long term sustainable recovery and improves social outcomes for women who have been chronic substance abusers.

The ongoing recovery component is what brings everything clients learned in their treatment into practical use. When you leave treatment initially it’s different. You’re making decisions on your own, travelling alone and you have to be accountable.

The transition is the key piece for long term recovery. Having somewhere to be accountable to, feel supported, working, and most importantly having a safe environment to utilize. The relapse prevention program allows clients to be solution-focused and look at areas of their life before the physical relapse

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Family Support is a resource established to assist family members and friends affected by addiction. Family Support Groups provide access to knowledgeable professional staff who offer families assistance and support while their loved ones are in treatment at Westminster House.

Often families blame themselves or feel tremendous guilt. It is important as the client becomes emotionally healthy that the families do as well. Most of all, when families become part of the process, the outcome of success increases. Families benefit from knowing what is happening at the house day to day. They also benefit by learning the 12-step philosophy and language. This gives the family hope and something to work towards together.

Family members are guided to work on their own issues, develop self-care techniques, and learn how to support their loved one. Continuing care recommendations are given to family members to support their ongoing recovery.

Family Group is facilitated at Westminster House every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Call us at 604-524-5633 for more information.

Family Suite

Westminster House has the ability to house out of town families in our family suite.   The suite  is available on first come first serve basis and is subject to a $75 cleaning fee.

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Women arrive at Westminster House starving because feeding their addiction has been more important than feeding their stomachs. Often, women in early recovery are not ready for a nutrition behaviour change, since most are simply trying to get past the immediate crisis of addiction and the associated adjustments of abstinence. Entering treatment may even aggravate pre-existing dysfunctional and unhealthy eating behaviours. As a result, we strive to help develop healthy food and nutrition habits for women in recovery. Westminster House introduces nutrition at the onset of treatment, which includes filtered water, dairy and dairy substitutes, premium coffee, assorted teas, and fibrous foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Supplemental vitamins are not administered at Westminster House without a prescription. Supplements do not contain the antioxidant potency of real food, because the phytochemicals that flourish in real food cannot remain stable in a supplemental form. The most important nutrient for addiction recovery is fibre, which is served at every meal. Eating fibre from food (not fibre supplements) improves gut function and achieves balance in the microorganisms that live throughout the GI tract. Consumption of highly processed junk food throughout the day can significantly hinder the recovery process in numerous ways:

  • Unstable blood sugar impacts mood and concentration
  • Nutrient-void food can leave clients feeling sluggish and reliant upon caffeine
  • Refined grains, added sugars, and added fats can have a negative impact on mental health

Addicted women will choose addictive food daily, instinctively selecting food that is highly rewarding and avoiding food that is not. The menu at Westminster House consists of non-addictive food, and therefore the women eat less.

While excessive weight gain is certainly an issue for women in treatment, a bigger problem is undernourishment, which limits the ability of the brain to heal from addiction. We believe in promoting healthy food and nutrition habits for women in recovery.

The nutritional focus at Westminster House is not about what not to eat, but about what to eat. Nutrition is never punitive but rather framed as a helpful component of the recovery process and part of our recovery program.

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When you are considering Westminster House and quitting the habit of smoking at the same time, you may think to yourself, “I’m quitting using, I can’t overwhelm myself by quitting smoking, too! “Couldn’t it increase my chances of giving up?” or “I’d be way to anxious!”

The truth is, as explained in this smoking cessation in recovering alcoholics, published on the American Family Physician website, smoking can cause stronger cravings for the substance you are trying to recover from, increasing chances of relapse in recovery.  Some cravings for your drug of choice, in early recovery, are due to the association between smoking and using. The article explains that recovering people who quit smoking report lower levels of anxiety and depression.

What are you willing to do to recover? How far are you willing to go to extend our new-found health and serenity? We spent so many years harming ourselves in our addictions, why pollute our bodies with unnecessary harm now that we’ve found this new way of life? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are numerous ways smoking harms our bodies and health, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, and many other debilitating disorders.

The good new is that Westminster House smoking cessation program that provides support through Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) in the form of the Nicoderm Patch and out newly non-smoking clients participate in their own weekly 12 step Smobriety group.

If you have recently quit smoking, or are considering it, here’s some good news for you! An article from Onlymyhealth cites 5 immediate health benefits of quitting smoking.

Aware of the health and recovery benefits of quitting smoking, Westminster House is a smoke-free environment. We understand that it is difficult to stop. Provided with treatment, we offer continued emotional support in quitting, as well as a smoking cessation program to help with the physical withdrawal from nicotine.

If you’re ready to quit smoking now, quitnow has contacts and resources that can offer immediate assistance. Call them toll free at 1-877-455-2233.


Do you know a woman currently in drug and alcohol treatment? Here are some tips to get her socializing and active through various events and activities.

Westminster House Choir

Studies show that choral singing improves our mood, with a decrease in stress, depression and anxiety. These effects are often attributed to the deeper breathing associated with singing, that is also used in meditation. … Singing in a group offers us a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves re. Use the block’s Settings tab to change the caption position and set other styles.

So it’s not surprising that group singing is on the rise. … The elation may come from endorphins, a hormone released by singing, which is associated with feelings of pleasure. Or it might be from oxytocin, another hormone released during singing, which has been found to alleviate anxiety and stress.

Massage Therapy and Shiatsu

Many people are not aware of is massage therapy for addiction recovery.

During detox when the body is withdrawing from drugs or alcohol, clients can experience mild to sever physical symptoms that make their body uncomfortable or in pain. While the first few days and weeks are the most difficult, the recovery period following detox is also a challenge as clients learn to manage their behaviors and emotions while still experiencing physical symptoms from time to time.

Meditation and Breathing

Addiction involves psychological distress.  Meditation has proven to be an effective tool against addiction. This happens for several reasons; for example, this practice helps the mind relax by releasing anti-cortisol neurotransmitters into the body. Cortisol is the main stress-inducing neurotransmitter, which leads to feelings of anxiety and depression. There is no doubt that these feelings make it hard for a person suffering from an addiction to keep themselves focused on overcoming this issue.

We facilitate meditation as an inviting and inclusive option that has already proven to be both effective and easily incorporated into any treatment program. Mindfulness meditation is practiced weekly in conjunction with a other program components specifically for the recovering addict.


Yoga is very effective at regulating the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, An imbalance of those hormones has been associated with anxiety disorders, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder as well as addiction. Chronically high levels of hormones are toxic to the body and central nervous system, and yoga can help reduce or balance the stress hormones in the body. It makes sense that when people are less stressed, they can build long term sustainable recovery.

Art Therapy

Creating art is a nonverbal process, and expands the ways a person can convey ideas and emotions, Expressive Art Therapy  provides an opportunity to explore, understand, and resolve issues in a clients life that he may not feel comfortable talking about in a regular conversation.

One example of Expressive Art at Westminster House is touch drawing when paint that is spread over a hard surface. A sheet of tissue paper is laid over top of the paint, and the client uses their hands to draw intuitively to create mono-print. During a session the client may make 10 to 15 drawings in a row.

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