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 it's 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.
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 "Get Help Now" for a number of resources, including a long list of treatment programs.
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.
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.
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.
Please know that applications from individuals who do not have all of the prerequesites will be rejected. To submit an application, please go to "Contact Us."
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).
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.
The monthly residential fee covers room and board, as well as programming costs. For those who cannot afford to pay those fees, financial support is available. Social Assistance and Employment Insurance can often help you to subsidize your time at Our House. Additionally, some employers will help you cover costs associated with recovery programs. You can also ask your medical insurance company about their policies on addiction recovery, as they may also support you. Please contact us if you have any questions concerning fees and subsidies and we will be happy to answer them.