Addiction Treatment and Research

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One Year Addiction Treatment - Two Parts

Healing River Recovery & Wellness Centre offers effective 90-day residential treatment and a 9-month Community Treatment Program for substance (drug and alcohol) and behavioural addictions (such as gambling, eating & work addiction). We focus on addiction and the underlying mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma that often accompany it.  In total our treatment program is one year.

Part 1 - Three Month Residential Treatment

Our 90-day residential treatment addresses the psychological and behavioural issues that have led to the addiction. We recognize that for many people with addictions residential treatment is the only option for their recovery. The Healing River setting is created to provide our guests an opportunity to get away from their daily lives, which can be full of relapse triggers. Our luxurious resort-like setting is safely at a distance from all temptations of city life in order to focus solely on their personal recovery. In the tranquil agricultural setting of the Okanagan Valley, Healing River Recovery and Wellness Centre proudly offers:

  • A smaller, more intimate recovery   experience
  • A higher level of care
  • An individualized recovery plan
  • Evidence-based holistic approach

At Healing River, we treat a spectrum of addictions from alcohol, drug, prescription medications, to gambling and disordered eating. We treat these types of addictions:

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Opioid (painkillers, heroin, morphine...)
  • Fentanyl
  • Gambling
  • Amphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Stimulants (Cocaine and Crack)
  • Food addictions
  • Hallucinogens (LSD, ecstasy, PCP...)
  • Steroids
  • Sleeping Medications of any kind
  • Barbiturates and Inhalants
  • Work addiction

Healing River Recovery & Wellness Centre employs a number of evidence-based treatment models giving our guests the best opportunity for long-term sobriety. Our integrative approach yields the best treatment results by employing a combination of evidence-based individual and group interventions. Our clinical staff incorporates EMDR, Somatic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Yoga Therapy. Meaningful physical activities, nutritional wellness, and self-care practices are fundamental components of our 90-day program. Evidence indicates that those who complete the planned program during  treatment reveals the best outcomes (Anglin & Hser, 1990; Hubbard et al., 1997; Simpson, 1979).

Research: "Longer is Better"

Research indicates that post-treatment relapse rates are highest in the first 3 months after discharge. At Healing River, our guests are invited to participate in the outpatient Community Treatment Program after completion of 90-day Treatment. The duration of the Community Treatment Program is 9 months; for a total of 1 year sobriety. 

Healing River follows the natural history of recovery for addictions – the longer sobriety, the better the chances our guests stay sober in subsequent years. An eight-year study of nearly 1200 addicts found that extended abstinence predicts long-term recovery. The study shows that for those who have achieved one year of sobriety, less than half will relapse (Dennis, M.L; Foss, M.A; Scott, C.K., 2007).During the Community Treatment stage, our clients no longer require the level of services provided during the 3 month treatment and are generally able to function in their community with a strong maintenance plan, community engagement and limited interaction with professionals. 

Part 2 - Continuing Community Treatment

Our 9 month Community Treatment Program is essential to the recovery process at Healing River. Our guests are encouraged to participate by remaining connected via online support for continued recovery. Soon after admission, our primary therapist and treatment team collaboratively work with our guests to begin developing a strong, personalized maintenance plan to help maintain sobriety. These plans are continually refined and individualized, as needed, with treatment progressions. After completion of the 90-day treatment program, our Clinical Counsellors will work with clients to develop daily schedules to guide them through post treatment, provide individual and group counselling via online. Clients will also be connected to individual counselling and Smart Recovery in the community where they live. We also provide advocacy, assistance with scheduling appropriate appointments, and connections with key contacts to help guests maintain sobriety. After completion of the Community Treatment Program, clients are discharged and equipped with the resources and contacts needed to continue along the road to recovery and wellness. 

Behaviour Addictions

It is a well-known fact that millions of people suffer from drug and alcohol addiction.  Less known however, is that millions more suffer from behaviour addictions such as gambling, disordered eating, internet, and work addiction. Treatment demands for behaviour addictions have skyrocketed in recent years. Behaviour addictions are similar to drug/alcohol addictions except that the individual is not addicted to a substance but he/she is addicted to the behaviour and the feeling experienced by acting out the behaviour (Goodman & Griffiths, 1999). All addictions, whether substance or behaviour, can wreak havoc on the one’s life and those close to them.
Common behaviour addictions we treat at Healing River include

  • Disordered Eating (Bulimia and Binging)
  • Gambling
  • Internet
  • Work

How we treat Behaviour Addictions; Not all addiction treatment centres are trained and equipped to address behaviour addictions. Here at Healing River, we offer evidenced-based trauma-informed treatment that successfully treats behaviour addictions. Our comprehensive treatment model combines the following therapeutic interventions below: 

  • EMDR
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • CBT
  • Yoga 
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Expressive Arts
  • Smart Recovery Group

Effective new strategies on how to avoid addiction triggers and cope with cravings or unavoidable triggers are provided. By the end of the 90-day treatment program, our guests will be equipped with relapse prevention strategies for life.