Wellness | Addiction Recovery, Mental Health

Alberta Association for Better Communities dba Centre for Wholeness & Well Being

Compassionate Connection and Support

Our model fosters connections and bridges in the community to embrace sustainable addiction recovery through a community that devotes itself exclusively to the unique needs that addiction treatment and addiction recovery, including trauma recovery, presents for individuals and families.

Our Story

Why We Exist

We have walked the walk, talked the talk and experienced first hand the chaos addiction and trauma based mental health issues spread. As individuals who have been on this journey both as addicts, persons in recovery and families of those in addiction and recovery, we sought to create change in the current recovery models offered.

An environmental scan of the resources available to those humans on an addiction healing journey indicated this need for community and connection, at any stage in recovery, is not available. There is a gap in support for those who have completed treatment but seek support to integrate into the community, build self worth and control into their lives. A person might comply with sobriety in the short-term, but find that it doesn’t stick. In fact, we know that most traditional programs, particularly ones that advertise a “guarantee of success” toward a singular outcome of sobriety, see high rates of sobriety at the program’s completion, but questionable rates of long-term success. And in reviewing over four decades of research, Bill Miller and Bill White found that not a single study supported the confrontational approach as better than kinder and less harmful treatments. By contrast, when people have a say in the course of their recovery, it is more effective.

Recovery where clients drive the outcomes, where services incorporate formal, real time feedback from clients, has better retention and outcomes. In this approach, people have a stake in their healing and are often clearer about what they want and value. The result is deeper and more sustainable change. Renegotiating relationships to substances takes time and, more often than not, involves making mistakes. Yet, many recovery programs view relapses as a sign of failure or even as grounds to kick someone out of their programs, rather than as a part of the natural course of recovery. Renegotiating substance use on a person’s own terms allows them to go deeper and open up possibilities.

Solely encouraging someone to shift their behavior just scratches the surface. Addressing the symptom without treating the pain that informs it does not address the cycle of addiction. When the conversation becomes less about taking away a person’s escape from pain and more about addressing the pain that drives these behaviors, the possibilities for effective recovery multiply.

Our Impact

What We Do

Vision:

To serve clients and their families struggling with addiction and/or trauma, by offering them holistic tools,  techniques and programs for healing, resilience and transformation while fostering compassion, connection and community

Mission
To utilize and promote transformational addiction treatment and trauma healing services that heal patterns of addiction and trauma.

At Centre for Wholeness & Well Being, clients are given the respect and nurturing care they deserve. We believe everyone in need of trauma recovery, including addiction and PTSD, is capable of achieving their full potential.

It is with our philosophy that we teach our clients the management tools to reclaim their lives as clients move through their recovery.

Our objective is to address the inner core of addiction with Compassionate Inquiry, holistic programming, counseling, and support services to reframe inner beliefs and heal the underlying pain that has allowed addiction to manifest.

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.

In our programs people in pre and post treatment recovery, their families and friends, can exchange information, develop a support system and create a sense of hope, in a warm, caring and welcoming atmosphere.

We advance the practical application of such programs and projects by making such initiatives available to the public by creating, distributing, disseminating and implementing tools, systems and programs for the benefit of individuals, families and communities.

 

Our Programs

How We Do It

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. Counselling and 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.

Intentional Day recovery Program:

Initial consultation to determine the resources best suited to your needs
40 – 44 Individualized online or in person coaching and counseling work with certified practitioners
Ongoing recovery support meetings and workshops for both the client and family or primary supporters
Virtual and in facility individual breath work and  meditation sessions
Book for distance Reiki and/or Energy Work
Naturopath support referral as desired
Virtual nutrition support as desired
Virtual and in facility group yoga and breath work classes
Front of line referral for medical CBD as needed for anxiety, pain management or other symptoms
Assistance in maintaining support with existing healthcare worker or therapist

Community Connections Support Programs

Centre for Wholeness & Wellness hosts both online and in facility meetings and events free of charge for those recovering from addiction and mental health related issues and their families or supporters. These gatherings are for people looking to cultivate and follow individualized and holistic pathways to wellness supported by community and connection.

When you book an online service you will receive a Zoom link to the event, gathering or workshop. A (free) Zoom account is also required to authenticate all users attending the gatherings. It only takes a few minutes to set up.

​Post Treatment Integration Program

Designed for people returning from a residential treatment program, this programs supports them to integrate into their family and community.

Programming includes:

12 weeks of 2-3 lessons a week that they complete on their own
2 individual sessions (counseling/yoga) per week  for a total of 24 one on one sessions
unlimited group sessions and activities
group programs for families or primary supporte

 

Our Requests

What You Can Do

We require financial donations to fund our programs and continue to help those in recovery.

We require volunteers who are willing to be mentors to our humans in need of compassion and connection.

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Contact

Sue Snow

President

403-921-9106

Charitable Number: 860325323 RR0001

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Annual Operating Budget:

$250,000.00