Addiction Treatment Programs

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Get Proven Addiction Recovery at the Best Addictions Treatment Centre in BC

At Westminster House, we offer addiction recovery services for young girls and adult women. Our team of experts helps clients to overcome their addictions and get their lives back. Our primary program is recommended for a minimum of 90 days in length. We are one of the best addictions treatment centre in BC and have been offering proven evidence based addiction recovery since 1981.

We have specific alcohol rehab programs and an extensive drug rehab program, so that young girls and adult women can fight their demons and reclaim their lives. There are different treatment programs that are specific to the kind of addiction that you are struggling with. So, many women suffer at the hands of their addiction every year in Canada, and our goal is to provide some normalcy back into their lives. Our staff is committed to providing a safe and understanding environment, which is free of any kind of judgement so that individuals can seek help in comfort.

Our addiction treatment programs are extensive and designed to help youth girls and adult women get on the path of recovery. Some of the treatment programs you can take advantage of are:

        1. Youth and Emerging Adult Program (YEAP)
        2. Adult Addiction Treatment Program (AATP)
        3. Virtual Recovery Program (VR)
        4. Ongoing Recovery Program (OGR)
        5. Recovery Housing (RH)
        6. Food and Nutrition
        7. Smoking Cessation Program
        8. Family Support
        9. Medical Monitoring
        10. Intervention for Addicted Women

All our alcohol use disorder rehab programs and substance use disorder rehab program are designed to get to the root cause of the addiction and help overcome that. We believe in ensuring complete recovery for youth girls and adult women, which is why we are a trusted addiction treatment centre in BC


Westminster House, we meet clients where they’re at, but we don’t leave them there. 

Specialist Addiction Treatment Programs for Women

At Westminster House, we have specialist addiction treatment programs for women designed to help you get back on the road to recovery and reclaim your life. If you believe that you don’t have the time or the resources to try our complete programs, you can check out our condensed program, virtual recovery, and intro to recovery options.

We are committed to helping women and young girls in Canada fight their addictions and make an effort to go the extra mile for them. If you are fighting your addiction and struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, don’t lose hope. Visit us at Westminster House and let us help you. With our extensive and specialist treatment programs, we can help you fight your addictions.

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Youth & Emerging Adult Program


Alcohol rehab programs

We provide addiction recovery services to youth and emerging adults (YEAP). Our youth and emerging adult program is 6 months in length. During their 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 YEAP 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

Virtual recovery
Virtual recovery

The primary adult program is 90 days. For those who are unable to attend for that length, we have virtual recovery and an introduction to recovery program.

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 and specialized pain management techniques. Weekly acupuncture and yoga/fitness sessions are scheduled for each client to participate in. They also attend weekly culture group, art therapy, music therapy, and DBT.

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. Find out more by calling 604-524-5633


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Ongoing Recovery

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.

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Recovery Housing

Support Recovery and Independent Living


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Westminster House can offer recovery housing to client who have graduated from the primary care program. Clients progress to second stage programming and then move onto supportive recovery housing (RH) once the introspective writing modules are complete.

WHS recovery housing offers stable solution-focused housing that includes all the essentials such as food, utilities, toiletries and linens.  Additionally, the goal is to continuously prioritize and focus on your recovery while remaining under the continuum of WHS care, but to a lesser degree. RH is part of a step-down approach, and at this stage, additional privileges and responsibilities are offered.  WHS clients are expected to participate in group 3 times per week and attend mutual support group meetings in the evening. RH residents are given the opportunity to act as peer support and mentors to newer clients in the primary programs. The focus of RH aims to make a significant contribution to providing second-stage treatment clients with an opportunity to regain control and practice decision-making and provide a safety net to new women in the program. At this phase, the opportunity to participate in Ongoing Recovery is introduced. All WHS clients are encouraged to participate in the Ongoing Recovery Program that is the final stage of the continuum of care at Westminster House.

Food & Nutrition

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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. 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.

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 holistic approach to addiction treatment.

Find out more by calling 604-524-5633


Drug Addiction Treatment

Smoking Cessation

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

Drug Intervention
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.

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Medical Monitoring

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

  • Drowsiness

  • Slow or slurred speech

  • Agitation

  • Nausea

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Delirium

  • Seizures

  • 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.


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Westminster House Society (WHS) works closely with certified interventionists to ensure that clients have a smooth transition from intervention to residential treatment.  Our intake specialist can connect you to an interventionist specific to the needs of your loved one, 604-524-5633.

What you should know about an intervention:

The role of an interventionist is to help families understand how to best how to end the pain and trauma of addiction. They guide the intervention process and help the families to communicate with their loved one. An interventionist offers 3 choices of treatment and offer only licensed or registered programs such as WHS.


An interventionist is not:

  1. A motivational speaker
  2. The family’s primary therapist
  3. A treatment center employee

After the intervention, it is recommended for the family to engage in its own recovery.  Our family group program can help 604-524-5633.

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 or 604-524-5633.

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