Getting Help

Preparing for the Residential Recovery Program

Prerequisites

 

ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION?

 Addiction is a primary (i.e. not caused by previous injury) and chronic disease affecting various parts of the brain, related to reward, motivation and memory systems. Someone who is addicted to a substance will pursue reward or relief through that substance, often placing its importance above more pressing needs, such as food, water or safety.

 

Addiction is characterized by some common symptoms:

 

  • Inability to consistently abstain

  • Impairment in behavioral control

  • Craving for the substance or experience

  • Lower ability to recognize significant problems with behaviors or in relationships

  • Improper emotional response

 

Like other chronic diseases, addiction often features a cycle of relapse and remission. Unless treated, addiction is progressive and can result in other medical conditions, including an early death.

 

This definition is based on the definition by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and can be viewed at the following link: https://www.asam.org/resources/definition-of-addiction.

 

HAVE YOU COMPLETED A SHORT TERM RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM?

Does a detox count?

No. You must have spent some time living in a program designed to help you recover from addiction. Our House is meant to continue what you started there and turn your victories there into a long-term change in how you live your life.

 

How long is a short-term residential treatment program?

It's more important that you are both medically stable and completely detoxed than that you stay a certain number of days in a short-term program. Most programs typically last about 3 weeks, which is enough time to ensure that you're medically stable by that time. Your medical stability is important because Our House doesn't have specialized medical staff, aside from an outside Pharmacist who comes to help clients on Methadone and Suboxone and standard First Aid.

 

Where can I find a program like that?

Go to Other Resources for a number of resources, including a long list of treatment programs.

 

HAVE YOU BEEN REFERRED BY A PROFESSIONAL?

 A professional could include any of the following.

 

  • A social worker

  • A family doctor

  • A counselor

  • Staff of a previous program

  • A therapist

  • A lawyer

  • Any addiction recovery centre

 

If you have any questions about somebody who might be able to give you a referral, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO CHANGE?

Nobody can make you change. You have to want it and be willing to put the effort in to making that change happen. Overcoming addiction is hard, but with help, guidance, support and determination, it can be done. That's what we're here for.

 

ARE YOU ABLE AND WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN GROUP ACTIVITIES?

 Group activities are an important part of our program. The support from other people who have suffered through the same experiences as you and the sense of belonging to a community that doesn't judge you for your past are important in keeping you committed to the new path you have chosen. By standing together and supporting each other, the burden of overcoming addiction is just that much easier to bear.

 

HAVE YOU ENDED PRESCRIPTIONS TO MEDICATION THAT CAN ALTER YOUR MOOD?

 Prescriptions to suboxone or methadone will not bar you from entering our program. If you are unsure if your medication can alter your mood, we encourage you to consult with a licensed medical professional, such as a doctor, pharmacist or psychiatrist.

 

 

Apply

 

Please know that applications from individuals who do not have all of the prerequisites will be rejected. To submit an application, please contact us by phone or email.

 

Prepare & Pack

 

ABSTAIN FROM ALL DRUGS AND ALCOHOL FOR 7 DAYS BEFORE STARTING YOUR RESIDENCY

You are required to abstain from drugs and alcohol for 7 days before you start your time in our residency program.

Once you start your residency, you will need to continue abstaining until you have successfully exited the program. If you do not, then unfortunately, we will have to discharge you from our program (please see the next section for a more comprehensive discussion about the rules).

 

AGREE TO ALL OF OUR HOUSE'S RULES

 

  • NO drugs or alcohol.

  • NO addictive behaviors (like gambling).

  • NO criminal activity.

  • NO sexual or intimate activity of any kind.

  • NO tampering with safety equipment, including smoke detectors, defibrillators, emergency airhorns, first aid kits, fire extinguishers and exit signs.

  • NO weapons, including guns and knives.

  • NO smoking inside buildings.

  • NO X-rated films, pornographic images or anything that depicts child molestation or abuse in any form. This includes all laptops, cell phones and all other electronic devices.

  • NO violence towards other clients, staff, volunteers, visitors, board members, pets, or property.

  • NO discrimination or slurs based on race, ethnicity, sex, religion or sexual orientation.

  • NO seeking work until after at least 6 months in the program. After 6 months, you can consult with your counsellor about looking for work and you will need them to approve all your work.

  • Comply with all searches by Our House staff. Searches may involve rooms, vehicles on Our House property, people, laptops, cell phones, hard drives, cameras, CDs, DVDs or any other electronic storage devices.

  • Comply with all staff administered drug tests.

  • Return for curfew or get special expressed permission from staff.

 

Failure to comply will result in a discharge.

 

Packing

WHAT CAN I BRING WITH ME?

  • Personal belongings

  • Portable DVD, CD or BluRay Players

  • Laptops

  • Computer monitors

  • Small stereos

WHAT CAN I NOT BRING WITH ME?

  • Drugs

  • Alcohol

  • Any illegal substance

  • Weapons, like guns or knives

  • Sexual movies, pornographic images, anything depicting child molestation or abuse in any form (including on electronic devices)

  • Hand or power tools

  • Tool boxes

  • Personal furniture

  • Signal boosters of any kind (including for enhancing wireless signals)

  • Small appliances, such as coffee makers or humidifiers

  • Pets (including fish)

 

Other Resources

 

Helplines

HealthLink Alberta (24/7) - 811

Mental Health and Addictions Helpline (24/7) - 1-866-332-2322

Edmonton Crisis/Distress Line - 780-482-4357 OR 780-342-7777

Self Help Groups in Edmonton

Alcoholics Anonymous - 780-242-5900

Cocaine Anonymous - 780-425-2715

Gamblers Anonymous - 780-463-0892

Al-Anon & Alateen - 780-433-1818

Narcotics Anonymous - 780-421-4429

Detox Centres

AADAC Recovery Centre - 780-427-4921

George Spady Centre - 780-424-8335

Calgary Alpha House - 403-266-1601 

Foothills Detox Centre - 403-553-4466

Pastew Place Detox Centre - 780-791-2525

Treatment Services

AADAC Adult Counselling and Prevention Services - Edmonton - (780) 427-2736

AADAC Youth Services - Edmonton

Henwood Treatment Centre - Edmonton

Poundmaker's Lodge - Edmonton

Centennial Centre Dual Diagnosis Program - Ponoka

Poundmaker's Adolescent Treatment Centre - St. Paul

Northern Addictions Centre - Grande Prairie

Fresh Start Recovery Centre - Calgary

Oxford House (After Care) - Calgary

Recovery Acres - Calgary

Renfrew Recovery Centre - Calgary

Sunrise Native Addiction Services - Calgary

Lander Treatment Centre - Claresholm

Grace House/Drumheller Society for Recovery - Drumheller

90+ Day Treatment Services

Recovery Acres Society - Edmonton

Action North Recovery Centre - High Level

Women's Services

McDougall House - Edmonton

Aventa Addiction Treatment for Women - Calgary

Alcove Addiction Recovery - Calgary

Sober Living

Jellinek Society (After Care) - Edmonton

Oxford House (After Care) - Edmonton

Southern Alcare Manor (After Care) - Lethbridge

Alpha House - Calgary