At New Life Counselling we have developed an
all-inclusive, assessment program that will determine if a problem
exists, and to what degree, it affects their life. Upon assessment
completion the client and counsellor develop a program tailored
to the individuals needs. Goals are based on the basic philosophy of creating awareness, taking
responsibility and making changes.
Our assessment also covers case management needs,
which can include referrals to:
- Addiction Physicians
- Psychological Testing
- Financial Assistance
- Marital and Family
- Stress Management
- Physical Fitness
- Psychiatric Consultation &
- Recovery Housing
- Career & Vocational Counselling
- Legal Counsell
- Anger Management
- Nutritional Counselling
In the form of private sessions the client
works one on one with the counsellor in regularly scheduled appointments.
Recognizing the value of flexibility our counselling sessions
are either offered at our premise or a mutually agreed upon site.
Referrals to addiction related support groups and or treatment
programs either public or private are also made depending on the
Recognizing that families can suffer along
with their loved one we also offer preliminary family assessments.
In the form of private sessions, the counsellor meets with the
family or those concerned. This can range from strategies on
dealing with your loved ones dependency, resources and support
through a very difficult time. These sessions, depending on
the needs of the family or group, may or may not directly involve
the attendance of the client themselves.
We believe addiction is a principle problem
that can prevent adolescent and teens from realizing their full
potential. School, relationships and mental health often suffer
as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. Untreated substance abuse
can lead to legal problems, hospitalizations and sometimes death.
Counselling sessions are focused on a teen's
involvement with substance use and the impact it has on their
relationships with self, family and community. Weekly sessions
encourage youth in developing accountability and responsibility
for their life and the direction it is heading. Change is a
process and we work with youth in supporting the necessary changes
to recover from problem substance use and addiction.
Peers Helping Peers
An approach which we helped pioneer in the
late eighties throughout the Secondary School System has been
a Peer Helping Peers approach. Talking about change is one thing
but many teens need someone their own age to help them find their
way through difficult social times, setting up limits and boundaries
with past friends and developing a healthier personal identity.
Through groups and individual informal meetings we help peers
develop new relationships with others in recovery.
Coaching Programs & Intensive Out-Patient
We have developed a coaching program as a response
to clients who would like more support than weekly counselling
sessions provide, but still less intrusive than a structured treatment
environment. Our coaching program allows the client the flexibility
of staying connected to their daily life while having all the
benefits of a more intensive day treatment program.
Our out-patient, coaching recovery program focuses on goal attainment
and life enrichment tailored to client needs. Daily, weekly and
monthly counselling sessions are offered on line, by phone or
in person. A protocol is developed based on the guiding principles
of Awareness, Responsibility, & Change, which the counsellor
and the client create together during the assessment and is entered
into for a minimum of a 30-day period. This method has also proven
valuable as a pre-treatment program for those wishing to enter
a more structured recovery environment.
Coaching fees include all individual-counselling
sessions, telephone consultations, case management work and participation
in recovery oriented activities (introduction to community based
recovery groups, recovery workshops and any additional therapeutic
activities counsellor and client agree upon).
Sometimes treatment is the only option it may
be important to remove yourself from your addictive lifestyle
and environment so that you can focus on overcoming your addiction
dependency, without the added stress of a difficult or negative
environment. If it is found that immediate help is appropriate,
the staff at New Life has hundreds of contacts throughout the
local, national and international recovery community allowing
you immediacy and the highest quality of care available.
Relapse Prevention Counselling
We all know that most people struggle in recovery
with relapse, which unfortunately is a common occurrence. Working
through cravings, preventing relapse and working through a relapse
are all-important aspects in your recovery. You may find that
you are living day by day with the fear of relapsing. Living in
fear greatly hampers your recovery and sobriety, and is not necessary.
The New Life Counselling staff will teach you how you can live
a happy, healthy life, without fear and without relapse.
At New Life, we teach patients to change their
self-concept through our flexible innovative treatment approach,
addiction relapse does not have to occur or get in the way of
recovery. People can live happy, healthy lives without the constant
negative affirmations that they are sick, and must fear that they
will relapse at any moment. This is only a perception, not a reality.
Any person has the ability to change their perception, thinking,
behavior and reality. We will provide you with relapse prevention
techniques that allow you to change your perception and thinking
and live a health happier life free of worry and fear.
Therapeutic support groups are offered to provide
clients with an opportunity to discuss their problems with others
in a safe comfortable atmosphere.
About 15 years ago researchers began
to realize that "not helping hurts"; they discovered
that we were killing people with kindness. As a result, a person
with a substance problem would sometimes arrive in treatment -
or at the emergency room - too late. Every substance abuser has
a family, friends, co-workers, or classmates who care. Using proven
intervention training techniques those concerned are better able
to encourage the chemically dependent person to accept the reality
of the problem and seek support in dealing with it.