Programs

We offer a variety of industry leading treatment programs that are unique to any other rehab Centre in North America. Unlike the standard 12 Step and traditional group approaches offered by most rehab Centres, our programs are customized specifically for each client. We always consider each individual’s situation and life status before a personal addiction treatment plan is created and implemented.

By utilizing a set of unique methods of addiction treatment, we are able to deal with their addiction from all angles and focus on the aspects of their healing that will maximize their recovery.

Our treatment plans are customized for our clients and reviewed regularly during their stay with us.

They include:

Adventure Therapy

One of the most unique approaches that we have for addiction treatment is Adventure Therapy. This revolutionary program means that you might spend a day hiking or zip lining with your life coach in a small group with four (4) other patients, learning about meditation, yoga or even maximizing the adrenalin rush of skydiving. The next day you might be tackling the causes of your dependency with your psychotherapist, or learning about the physiological effects of alcohol and/or drug abuse with your chemical dependency counselor. No two days at Śuruvāta are the same! Through our wide ranging treatment methods you will learn about yourself and your ability to fully heal yourself and overcome your addiction.

Through offering this unique treatment approach, you will benefit from your customized program that recognizes your individual personality and preferences. Instead of placing you in groups all day long, your treatment plans change on a daily basis, challenges you, and enables you to grow in ways you never thought possible.

Influences from a variety of learning and psychological theories have contributed to the complex theoretical combination within adventure therapy. The underlying philosophy largely refers to experimenting and learning. Adventure therapy has positive outcomes in effectively improving self-concept, depression and self-esteem, help seeking behavior, increased mutual aid, pro-social behavior, trust behavior and more. Even with research reporting positive outcomes it appears that there are many disagreements about the underlying process that creates these positive outcomes.

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Animal-assisted Therapy (ATT)

AAT is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve your social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. A therapist who brings along a pet may be viewed as being less threatening, increasing the rapport between you and your therapist. Animals used in therapy include domesticated pets and farm animals.

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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy refers to treatments and exercises performed in water for relaxation, anxiety relief, physical rehabilitation, and other therapeutic benefit. Typically a qualified aquatic therapist gives constant attendance to you while receiving treatment in a heated therapy pool.

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Art Therapy

Definitions of art therapy vary due to its origins in two fields: art and psychotherapy. It can focus on the art-making process as therapeutic in and of itself ("art as therapy") or it can be "art in therapy" (art psychotherapy). This approach employs the transference process between your therapist and you making art. Your therapist interprets your symbolic self-expression as communicated in the art and elicits interpretations from you. Analysis of transference is no longer always a component. Current art therapy includes a vast number of other approaches such as: Person-Centered, Cognitive, Behavior, Gestalt, Narrative, Adlerian, Family (Systems) and more. The tenets of art therapy involve humanism, creativity, reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self-awareness, and personal growth.

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Aversion Therapy

Aversion therapy is a form of treatment in which you are exposed to a stimulus while simultaneously being subjected to some form of discomfort. This conditioning is intended to cause you to associate the stimulus with unpleasant sensations in order to stop the specific behavior.

Aversion therapies can take many forms, for example: placing unpleasant-tasting substances on the fingernail to discourage nail chewing, pairing the use of an emetic with the experience of alcohol.

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Behaviour Therapy

Behaviour Therapy is a broad term referring to, behavior analytical, or a combination of the two therapies. In its broadest sense, the methods focus on either just behaviors or in combination with thoughts and feelings that might be causing them. Those who practice behavior therapy tend to look more at specific, learned behaviors and how the environment has an impact on those behaviors. Those who practice behavior therapy are called behaviorists. They tend to look for treatment outcomes that are objectively measurable. Behavior therapy does not involve one specific method but it has a wide range of techniques that can be used to treat a person’s psychological problems.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is the approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes and contents through a number of goal oriented explicit systematic procedures. The name refers to behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioral and cognitive principles and research. Most therapists working with patients dealing with anxiety, addiction, low self esteem and worth, stress and depression use a blend of cognitive and behavioral therapy. This technique acknowledges that there may be behaviors that cannot be controlled through rational thought. CBT is "problem focused" (undertaken for specific problems) and "action oriented" (your therapist will try to assist you in selecting a specific strategy to help address your problems).

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Colour Therapy

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a therapy designed to help youchange patterns of behavior that are not effective, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking and substance abuse. This approach works towards helping you increase your emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to the undesired behavior. DBT assumes that you are doing the best that you can, but either are lacking the skills or are influenced by positive or negative reinforcement that interfere with your functioning.

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Family Therapy

Family therapy, also referred to as couple and family therapy, marriage and family therapy, family systems therapy, and family counseling, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to help nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the system of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.

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Grief Counseling

Grief counseling is a form of therapy that aims to help you cope with grief and mourning following the death of loved ones, or with major life changes that trigger feelings of grief (e.g., divorce, death). Grief counseling looks at your experiences and expresses grief in your own way, often shaped by culture. Believing that it is not uncommon for you to withdraw from your friends and family and feel helpless. You might be angry and want to take action or you may laugh. Grief counselors state that you can expect a wide range of emotion and behavior associated with grief. Counseling may provide an avenue for healthy resolution.

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Group Therapy

Group therapy is a form of therapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group. The term can legitimately refer to any form of psychotherapy when delivered in a group format, including cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal therapy, but it is usually applied to psycho-dynamic group therapy where the group context and group process is explicitly utilized as a mechanism of change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal relationships within the group.

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Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)

IBP is a psychotherapy that recognizes and treats the somatic (physical), psychological/emotional, and spiritual nature of a human being. It is based on the premise that the body, mind, and spirit are not separate, but rather integrated parts of a whole person. Every experience has a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspect, which manifests internally within the body, and externally in relationship to others.

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Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

ISTDP is a form of short-term psychotherapy. Its primary goal is to help you overcome internal resistance to experiencing true feelings about the present and past which have been warded off because they are either too frightening or too painful. The technique is intensive in that it aims to help you experience these warded-off feelings to the maximum degree possible; it is short-term in that it tries to achieve this experience as quickly as possible; it is dynamic because it involves working with unconscious forces and transference feelings. You come to therapy because of either symptoms or interpersonal difficulties. Symptoms include traditional psychological problems like anxiety and depression, but they also include medically unexplained symptoms such as headache, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or sudden weakness. Medically unexplained in this instance means symptoms occur without any medically identifiable cause. These are theorized, within the ISTDP model, to occur in distressing situations where painful or forbidden emotions are triggered outside of awareness.

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Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the use of interventions to accomplish your individual goals within a therapeutic relationship by a professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy is an allied health profession and one of the expressive therapies, consisting of a process in which a music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help you improve your physical and mental health. Music therapists primarily help you improve your health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life, by using music experiences such as free improvisation, singing, and listening to, discussing, and moving to music to achieve treatment goals.

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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and you, your family, a couple, or group. Simply, psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, or other mental health provider. During psychotherapy, one hopes to learn about their condition and moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors, how to take control of one's life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and can vary in terms of their causes, influences, triggers, and potential resolutions. Accurate assessment of these and other variables depends on the practitioner's capability and can change or evolve as the practitioner acquires experience, knowledge, and insight.

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Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

SFBT often referred to as simply ’solution focused therapy’, SFBT or SF therapy, is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of your responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. Based upon social constructionist thinking and Wittgensteinian philosophy SFBT focuses on addressing what you want to achieve exploring the history and provenance of problem(s). SF therapy sessions typically focus on the present and future, focusing on the past only to the degree necessary for communicating empathy and accurate understanding of your concerns.

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Video and Photographic Therapy

Photographs accompany us throughout our lives - how they relate to our memories, how they link us to who we are and how we perceive ourselves and each other- then we can start to imagine its huge potential as a creative tool to explore the world we live in and our own relation to it.

Before considering the potential of photography as a therapeutic support tool we first need to broaden our understanding of what photography involves. Whilst the focus in photography tends to fall on the decisive moment, the act of pressing the shutter and taking a picture, this is only a small part of the photographic process. The key therapeutic power of photography lies in its ability to enable dialogue and communication about us and with others, and this centers on a notion of the whole photographic process that involves:

Photography involves endless decisions. It asks you to frame the world - decide what to include, what to leave out, what to emphasize and what to overlook. As such photography helps you to form a sense of your place and yourself. It requires you to take an active stance and in this sense promotes initiative and purpose

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Writing Therapy

Writing therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the act of writing and processing the written word as therapy. Writing therapy suggests that writing your feelings gradually eases feelings of emotional trauma. Writing therapeutically can take place individually or in a group and it can be administered in person with a therapist or remotely through mailing or the Internet.

The field of writing therapy includes many practitioners in a variety of settings. A therapist or counselor usually administers the therapy. Several interventions exist online. Writing group leaders also work in hospitals with patients dealing with mental and physical illnesses. In university departments they aid student self–awareness and self–development. When administered at a distance, it is useful for those who prefer to remain personally anonymous and are not ready to disclose their most private thoughts and anxieties in a face–to–face situation.

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