Addiction Recovery Program

The Addiction Recovery Program (ARP) is a 90-day abstinence based residential alcohol and drug recovery program offered by the City Centre Care Society at Central City Lodge. Our facility is home to adults who self-identify as men who are interested in pursuing recovery from alcohol and drugs. We are licensed by Vancouver Coastal Health. The facility provides a warm, friendly atmosphere that is conducive to personal growth and change. There are 18 single rooms and 2 double rooms for our 22 residents.

The Addiction Recovery Program is for:

  • Men who are 19 years of age or older
  • Men who have detoxified from alcohol and other drugs
  • Men who are committed to seeking assistance to achieve the goal of maintaining abstinence from alcohol and other drugs, including men stabilized on a methadone or suboxone maintenance protocol
  • Priority is given to men living in the Vancouver Coastal Health region

The purpose of ARP is to support residents with the information and skills to obtain stability, maintain abstinence from substances of abuse and to transition into the community with the tools to continue achieving their life goals.

Referrals
The Vancouver Coastal Health Central Addictions Intake Team handles all referrals to the Addiction Recovery Program. Please call Andrew Stone at CAIT (604) 675-2455 Ext. 22563 to get referral information.

If you plan to come to our program, please access our ARP Resident Handbook here ARP Resident Handbook Dec 2014 and our ARP Program Brochure here ARP Brochure June 2014

Referral agents wishing to learn more about our facility can request a tour of our site. Please contact John Heron, Program Manager at (604) 639-8237 to schedule a visit.

ARP Contact Information
Central City Lodge - Addiction Recovery Program
415 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1V2

Phone Caseworker at (604) 639-8238
Phone Manager at (604) 639-8237
Fax: (604) 696-6769

To leave a message for a resident, call the caseworker office at (604) 639-8238. Please note that this is a confidential unit and we can only take messages and post them.

ARP Philosopy
We believe that problems of substance misuse can be resolved if individuals are able to use evidence-based strategies to achieve their goals. We believe in the ability of each individual to make good decisions about their health care.

To support this purpose, ARP affords each individual client an opportunity for growth and development with a focus that is both compassionate and client-centred. The program also recognizes the ability of the individual to self determine his unique care plan and needs.

Program Components

There are five primary components to ARP:

  • Daily participation in our group programming that focuses on Relapse Prevention skills and Life Skills
  • Develop monthly goals and review these on a bi-weekly basis with a Case Worker
  • Work toward developing a network of support in the community through accessing individual support (e.g. counsellor, psychologist, sponsor) and group support (e.g. SMART recovery, AA, NA, support group)
  • Optional Participation in groups such as Seeking Safety, Mindfulness, Smoking Cessation
  • Engage in all community aspects of the program

ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Addictions Nurse
Our clients are able to consult with an Addictions Nurse from Vancouver Coastal Health for support with physical and mental wellness, tobacco dependency, medication questions and referrals to community resources.

Addictions Physician
Our physician attends our site one half day per week to address the health concerns of all of our residents. The physician is responsible for ensuring that residents receive health care and medication in a safe and timely manner. The physician is part of the Medication Safety Advisory Council team.

Transition into the Community
To ease each client's transition back into the community, the ARP Case Workers help clients set realistic and achievable goals, develop a support network within the local community, find safe housing, explore work options and education opportunities. Case Workers assist clients in locating resources within the community and provide referrals.

MORE INFORMATION

History
The Addiction Recovery Program (ARP) opened in the mid-seventies. Central City Lodge moved into its current location on West Pender Street in 1993. The program was designed to serve the men living in the downtown Eastside and provide local residential care in support recovery. It is a component of City Centre Care Society and is consistent with their motto, "Striving to enhance the quality of life of residents in our community."

Mission
The ARP is part of a larger organization, City Centre Care Society, whose mission is to provide, "quality residential health care with dignity, compassion, and respect for adults".

Mandate
The purpose of ARP is to support residents with the information and skills to obtain stability, maintain abstinence from substances of abuse and to transition into the community with the tools and to continue achieving their life goals.

  • We provide residential support recovery for those who self-identify as men (19 years of age and older) in recovery from alcohol, prescriptions, over-the-counter and illicit drugs.
  • We provide programming that emphasizes recovery through support, education on addiction, individual and group counseling, life skills training, socialization, learning non-addictive behaviour, developing individual relapse prevention plans and personal recovery plans.

Philosophy
We believe that problems of substance misuse can be resolved if individuals are able to use evidence-based strategies to achieve their goals. We believe in the ability of each individual to make good decisions about their health care. To support this purpose, ARP affords each individual resident an opportunity for growth and development with a focus that is both compassionate and client-centred. The program also recognizes the ability of the individual to determine and meet their own needs.

The ARP program is based on a biopsychosocialspiritual philosophy. We believe that problems of substance misuse can be resolved if individuals are provided with:

  • a respect for their ability to be responsible for their own wellbeing
  • positive encouragement that they are competent to make positive and healthy decisions
  • a sense of structure in their environment

Program Description
The Addiction Recovery Program (ARP) at Central City Lodge is a 22-bed abstinence based residential recovery program for adults who self-identify as men. The facility provides a warm atmosphere that is conducive to personal growth and change. There are 18 single rooms and 2 double rooms, each with private bathrooms. Our facility is wheelchair accessible and is a good fit for those with physical disabilities. The maximum length of stay in the ARP program is 90 days.

Within the ARP program our specific goal is to provide each individual with an optimal opportunity for growth and skill development to assist in the achievement of a personal addiction recovery plan. ARP utilizes a number of strategies to facilitate a change in lifestyle. These include group life skills modules, group and individual case work, and a re-entry component which links residents to community resources, such as supported housing, education and employment programs, support groups, and outpatient counselling services. We offer a 12-week rotation of our day programming.

Our daily program includes:

  • Life skills development and an introduction to areas including goal setting, managing conflict and anger, listening skills, problem resolution, stress management skills, and relapse prevention
  • Exploring options such as mental health day programs, employment programs, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery and other peer support groups.
  • Re-entry planning is a later stage assisting residents to explore housing, education and employment options, as well as participate in ongoing mutual support programs.

Staff work with residents to develop a discharge plan as part of their overall service plan when they enter the program. Throughout a resident's stay, caseworkers provide one-to-one support and assist residents in working towards the goals of their personal recovery plan. Residents are expected to meet with their caseworker at least once weekly and residents are provided with structured programming seven days a week.

Services

The Addiction Recovery Program provides:

  • Accommodation with supervision by staff 24 hours/day, seven days a week
  • 3 meals each day plus one snack at night
  • Individual service plans that include relapse prevention planning and a personal recovery plan
  • Life skills training and socialization
  • Individual and group counseling and support in recovery
  • Education about addiction and recovery
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Acupuncture offered on site (payment not covered by ARP)
  • On site Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
  • Aftercare, a group for those in their last 30 days and men who have completed ARP
  • On site physician and nursing care

We also offer students practicum placements for complementary therapies, addiction services, counselling and social work.

For further information, please read our ARP Annual Report for this year is posted here ARP Annual Report 2014