Proven Addiction Recovery Since 1981
YOUTH GIRLS AND ADULT WOMEN
Westminster House offers addiction recovery services for youth girls and adult women. Our team of experts help clients to overcome addiction and get their lives back. Our primary program is recommended a minimum of 90 days in length. For those who need to return to work, please ask us about a condensed program, virtual recovery, and intro to recovery options.
Westminster House, we meet clients where they’re at, but we don’t leave them there.
Youth & Emerging Adult Program
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 unique Social Model.
Westminster House provides a continuum of care that includes a mental health assessment, individual and group counseling, 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 from addiction issues, please contact our 24-hour helpline.
Call our toll free confidential helpline 1-866-524-5633
Adult Addiction Treatment
The primary adult program is recommended 90 days. For those who are unable to attend for that length, we have a condensed program, virtual recovery, or an 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 Recovery.
In a collaborative framework, Westminster House conducts thorough primary and ongoing assessments that result in individualized, goal-oriented, and person-centered treatment and re provided with one-to-one support with their Case Worker in scheduled sessions or as needed.
Westminster House believes that group counseling is part of a holistic, living, healing process. Staff and clients participate in a community of recovery where peers review old behaviors, thoughts, and values. New goals and associations are encouraged. Employing multidisciplinary approaches developed through 39 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.
Virtual Recovery Program
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.
Other areas of support are grief counseling, trauma, parental coaching, and counseling for stress, anxiety, and depression. All our clients are supported from a strengths-based perspective.
Westminster House facilitators are registered recovery coaches, certified addictions counselors, registered clinical counselors and master level counselors.
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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, traveling 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.
Food & Nutrition
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 behavior 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 behaviors. 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 fiber, which is served at every meal. Eating fiber from food (not fiber 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 on a daily basis, 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.
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.
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 news is that Westminster House smoking cessation program 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 steps sobriety 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, quit now has contacts and resources that can offer immediate assistance.
Call them toll-free at 1-877-455-2233.
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 today. They also benefit from 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 ones. 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.
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.
Westminster House can provide Medical Monitoring for clients who require it for their Clinical Assessment and Individualized Treatment Plan. We can provide random testing for 12 of the most commonly used drugs, Substance Abuse Medical Monitoring, as well as Workplace Drug and Alcohol Training.
Medial Monitoring is performed whenever a family member, health practitioner, employer, legal entity, or athletic organization needs to determine whether a person has illegal or banned substances in his or her body, or is compliant with prescribed medications. It may be ordered to help a family regain trust in their loved one, prior to the start of some new jobs and insurance policies, and at random to satisfy workplace, court-ordered, adherence monitoring, or athletic drug testing program requirements.
Drugs-of-abuse testing may also be ordered by a health practitioner to monitor a known or suspected substance abuse patient, or whenever a person has signs and symptoms that suggest drug use. Here are some of the signs that someone may be under the influence:
Dilated or small pupils
Slow or slurred speech
Changes in blood pressure or heart rhythm
Intervention for Addicted Women
It’s challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a direct conversation can start the road to recovery. People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. Then a more focused approach is needed. You may need to join forces with others and take action through a formal intervention.
An intervention presents your loved one with a structured opportunity to make changes before things get even worse and can motivate someone to seek or accept help. Consulting an addiction professional, such as an interventionist can help you organize an effective intervention. Substance use or addiction professional will take into account your loved one’s particular circumstances, suggest the best approach, and help guide you in what type of treatment and follow-up plan is likely to work best.
Westminster House works closely with interventionist to ensure clients have a smooth transition from intervention to residential treatment.
Please call Westminster House directly for a confidential consultation and referral to one of our affiliated interventionists based on the needs of your loved one:
Toll FREE 1-866-524-5633
Educator Certified Counselor
Interventionist , CIP, ICADC
Linda Devlin believes in doing the right thing for her clients and this principle is firmly intertwined in her services and culture. Her drive and innovation to help her clients worldwide results in problem solving and solution focused ideas. For over two decades Linda has been one of the top Executive Management Leaders in the Health Care Industry. She has been involved in many Provincial and National Strategies in Health Initiatives including the council on Workplace Health and Wellness.
CCAC, Certified Interventionist
Todd specializes in supporting individuals move into solution. His experience at Vancouver Coastal Health provides him with the necessary skills to take charge of difficult situations, and dealing with addiction problems. In addition, Todd has extensive experience in working with both young men and women in different stages of their recovery process.Todd Ware has worked in the addiction field supporting individuals for over 15 years. He has worked at Vancouver Coastal Health, West Vancouver School District, Watari Youth Program, and Peak House Youth Treatment in various different roles.