What is the Therapeutic Community Model?

Recovery Works is a proud believer in the community model approach to treating addiction. This means we foster an environment that encourages our residents to make complete lifestyle changes as opposed to focusing solely on abstinence from drugs.

An essential aspect of this type of treatment is the way we view relapse. Lapses aren’t failures or weaknesses. Instead, they’re opportunities for learning. Each time you’ve turned back to drink or drugs, you’ve had a chance to learn what triggers you to abuse substances.

In a therapeutic community or TC, we treat recovery from a substance use disorder as the gradual, non-linear process it is. To get better, you’ll restructure your patterns of response, thinking and behaviour under the guidance of clinical specialists.

Your caregivers facilitate change in a group setting, which helps you to become more prosocial. This involves teaching the importance of hard work, resilience and honesty and inspiring your desire to learn. As you progress along your recovery journey, you’ll gradually assume more and more personal responsibility. When you’re ready, we’ll help you to find opportunities for learning new skills and developing your career.

Our Method

12-Step Philosophy

We are an abstinence-based recovery facility with a foundation in the 12-Step program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. While in treatment great care is taken to introduce and implement these Steps into the lives of our residents. This is found through all aspects of care whether it be the clinical side or through experiential therapies.

The real efforts of recovery take place after the completion of treatment. With a foundation in the 12-Steps, our residents have a ready made continuing care program by attending Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, working with sponsors and being of service to others.

Our clients actively participate in AA and NA in Victoria and attend meetings daily, get sponsors, undertake service work as well as complete at least the first 5 of the 12-Steps while in treatment.



We believe that chronic addiction includes a destructive lifestyle that needs to be changed. Recovery from the lifestyle requires a holistic approach that challenges deeply ingrained behaviours and teaches healthy alternatives.

If you’re ready to get started or have additional questions please call 778-430-1212 or contact us.

Take the first step toward a new life today!