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Recovery Management

The journey does not end at the completion of inpatient treatment.

Recovery Management

“Recovery is a journey, not a destination”

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Recovery is an ongoing process of change during which individuals enhance their quality of life.

Recovery Management is a treatment approach where support services cultivate engagement, recovery maintenance, and long-term recovery following inpatient treatment. The Residence has developed an evidence-based Recovery Management Program to support you on your journey of recovery.

Managing your recovery will involve amalgamating the skills and treatment received at The Residence. Increasing your self-efficacy will facilitate sustained, meaningful recovery and decrease the potential of relapse.

Developing skills in treatment is vital to Recovery Management. The following modalities will be central to your skills acquisition and will be learned at The Residence:

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy
  • Lifestyle change (e.g. physical activity, sleep, social support, etc.)

Clients will learn more about Recovery Management throughout their treatment at The Residence.

The Recovery Management Program

Just as your treatment at The Residence is individualized to your needs, the Recovery Management Program is tailored to your recovery. The goal of the Recovery Management Program is to help you manage your mental health and addiction and maintain healthy lifestyle changes.

The components of the Recovery Management Program include:

  • Telephone check-in calls
  • Weekly group(s)
  • Individual sessions

Clients who are eligible* for the program will be paired with a Recovery Management Therapist who is best suited to support their needs. To facilitate the transition home, clients will meet their therapist several times throughout their stay at The Residence.

*Clients are encouraged to speak to their Treatment Consultant at time of intake about their eligibility for this program

Core Groups (offered weekly)

  • Road to Recovery Group
    • The Road To Recovery Group helps to reinforce the therapeutic strategies and skills learned during the inpatient treatment program. In addition, it can help prevent the return of unhealthy behaviours, provide valuable learning from others’ lived experiences, and create individual accountability through a supportive community environment. The topics and themes explored within the group include: the process and domains of recovery, relapse process/stages of change, identifying early warning signs, substitution, high-risk situations, cravings, the role of mindfulness, stress management, anger management, coping with boredom/leisure time, setbacks and establishing recovery supports.
  • Skills and Transition Group
    • The Skills and Transition Group supports the generalization the therapeutic skills learned within the inpatient treatment program to life at home. Modules reviewed in the group include: understanding the difference between lapse and relapse, implementing healthy structure, habits, and boundaries, maintaining healthy relationships, building identity; connecting to values, adjusting expectations of self/others, and validation.

Annual Groups (offered once per year)

  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (8 weeks)
    • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention intentionally blends mindfulness practices with relapse prevention therapy. It is designed as an 8-week aftercare group. The purpose of the program is to increase awareness of automatic reactions to triggers, high-risk situations and urges that can lead to relapse. Participants will be introduced and guided through key practices within the model. Topics explored include: automatic pilot, discomfort, reacting/responding, challenging situations, acceptance, thoughts, sustaining wellbeing, social supports, and maintenance.
  • Mindfulness 4 Wellbeing (4 weeks)
    • This 4-session weekly program, focuses on teaching the basics of mindfulness through experiential practice. Each 1.5-hour session consists of a formal practice and an informal “tuck-a-way” tool that helps cultivate greater awareness of moment-to-moment experiences. Clients can attend all 4 sessions or customize their treatment by choosing individual sessions that best support their recovery goals. The four themes include: connection to our body, fostering resiliency, just breathe, and self-compassion.
  • Healthy Living (10 weeks)
    • The Healthy Living Group addresses behaviour changes, skills, and other considerations for healthier living in recovery. Clients can attend all sessions, or choose to only attend the sessions of interest. Some topics explored in this group include: sleep, exercise, leisure, self-esteem, stress management, and routine.
  • Fostering Wellbeing (offered quarterly in lieu of the core groups)
    • The Fostering Wellbeing group is an opportunity for clients in the Recovery Management Program to engage in large group discussions about topics related to their wellness and recovery. The sessions review digital wellness (March), urge surfing (June), recovery (September), and coping with the holidays (December).
  • Unified Protocol Skills Refresher (6 weeks)
    • The Unified Protocol is an evidence-based adaptation of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) designed for anyone struggling with emotions. The unified protocol is a key treatment modality at The Residence. This Skills Refresher Group reviews the core modules of the Unified Protocol and supports increased understanding and utilization of skills. Topics include: understanding emotions, mindful emotion awareness, understanding thoughts, and understanding behaviours.

My recovery plan

Recovery is rarely a linear process, and your recovery journey will be unique to you. Your plan may change, and we will need to prepare for challenges that may impact your recovery. Your Recovery Management Therapist will help you navigate these challenges and be available to support you at various stages of
your recovery.

While the Recovery Management Program will support your ongoing recovery, it is only one piece of your support network. The staff at The Residence and your Recovery Management Therapist will assist you in building a strong network of community-based services that will help you achieve long term recovery. This assistance can include recommendations, referrals, and communication with new and existing service providers.

Recovery management across Homewood

Homewood Health Centre is one of Canada’s foremost mental health treatment facilities and serves as a provincial and national resource for patients, families and their communities. In addition to The Recovery Management Program at The Residence, Homewood offers additional services for post-treatment care.

  • Structured aftercare planning adapted to each clients’ needs led by qualified, experienced and trained clinicians including plans for skill building, reconnecting and sustaining recovery.
  • Recovery management, group, and individual counselling.
  • Membership in the Homewood Alumni Program, providing connection to a recovery-focused community sharing useful information, community events and additional resources.
  • Additional recovery management services are available and may be recommended, including:
    • Individual one-on-one counselling
    • Step-down programming
    • Substance-use monitoring

Please connect with your Treatment Consultant for more details.