How Do We Build a Community That Is Inherently Resilient to Addiction?

  • Engage the whole community in treatment: people who use drugs, people who don’t use drugs, people who drink, people who don’t drink, people in recovery, people who aren’t in recovery: anyone seeking connection is welcome!

  • Meetings that are about connection

  • Training in meaningful connection and conversation

  • Authentic and substance free social gatherings

  • Meditation, workshops, Reiki sessions, art classes, and more

  • Extra support for those at risk of over dosing or relapse in the form of holistic services, coaching and compassionate inquiry

Medical science has long understood addiction as a disorder on the bio-psycho-social spectrum model, yet the social component is largely missing from traditional recovery treatment models.​ Recent studies in neuroscience, psychology and sociology suggest that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety: rather, it is authentic connection and a deeply rooted sense of purpose & belonging.

Recovery looks different for every person. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to recovery, just as there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to anxiety or depression. Effective programs should lead with respect, meeting a person where they are and respecting where they want to go. Centre for Wholeness & Wellbeing facilitates programs that include all kinds of people: those in early recovery, people in long-term recovery and people who have never used drugs but are isolated for different reasons (like mental health struggles, aging and retirement). Our facilities and programs are intentionally designed to enhance an individual’s experience of connectedness, rather than diagnosing and treating specific problems. Our model of approaching addiction recovery is to unearth the root causes of addiction, taking a holistic, whole-life approach to change, and acknowledging the profound opportunity that addiction provides in a person’s life to rediscover their true self.​

Our certified coaches work with clients individually and in groups to integrate new insights and positive changes into their daily life. Coaching provides the ongoing truth conversations, strategic planning, structure, accountability, life-skills training, and community to work through the fears, pains, wounds, and burdens that underlie and perpetuate addiction. Through the program clients are guided to strategically design a new daily discipline that supports them holistically so they can create the conditions of sobriety, resilience, connection and community.​

Our community focused model helps to heal the mind, heart and spirit of trauma and addiction recovery. Through a compassionate approach to addictions, healing is possible with our recovery model that supports wholeness.

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