Private & Confidential Alcohol Treatment

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Alcohol Treatment, Blog | 0 comments

Rose* called in to find addiction treatment resources for professionals in Ontario. She wanted to know about private and confidential programs that were going to help her 65-year-old husband who struggles with alcohol dependency. Rose said she had insurance, so we suggested she ask her provider to see if her insurance covers only “hospital facilities” or would allow him to seek any program.

Insurance Programs

If Rose’s insurance covers treatment, her husband will most likely attend to Homewood (Guelph) or Bellwood (Scarborough). These programs are the programs in Canada that have “hospital status” and meet the needs of insurance providers.

We also gave Rose links to private 12 Step, 12 Step Holistic, and non-12 Step treatment programs if her insurance does not cover her husband’s treatment. We also gave her links for alternatives to standard treatment resources such as private therapy, sober companionship, life coaching, and pharmaceutical intervention.

NON 12 STEP Residential Care Programs

2174 Fleury Road, Powell River, BC V8A 0H8
Contact the Admissions coordinator, Sara, by phone: (604) 487-9010 Toll-free: 1(866) 487-9010 E-Mail:

A private program for men that uses evidence based approaches and includes medically-supervised detoxification, masters-level therapists, on-site recreation (including indoor lap pool), psychiatric assessment, refresher courses (aftercare), online support (aftercare), family program, and couples program. Program lengths are 30, 42, 60, and 90 days while returning alumni have more flexible lengths of stay. Average cost is $15,000 for 30 days. Click the links for more information on SCHC’s program descriptions and fee schedule.

114 Rue Kimpton, Rigaud, QC J0P 1P0
Phone: (450) 451-9995 Fax: (450) 451-9995
Website: E-Mail:
Contact MARIO LANCIA @ 514.631.9997 for information about admission to LifeScience. 

This is an English speaking fee-for-service co-ed treatment program for adults 18+. There are 30, 60, 90 day primary treatment programs with a 10 day maintenance program. They charge $8,000 for 30 days (extensions up to 90 days can happen) and use evidence and best practices models. They want to work with the client and design a treatment program that works best for them.  They will help with implementing proper coping strategies in regards to stress. Treatment takes place in a home like environment in a rural area of Quebec. If necessary, clients see a psychiatrist for mental health assessment and treatment, as well as an addiction medicine doctor. Clients need to be sober prior to admission.

Traditional 12 STEP Programs with a Holistic Model

Orchard Recovery and Treatment Center
Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada
Contact Joanna Journet  to get more program details by phone: (604) 947-0420 or Toll-free: 1(866) 233-2299

A private co-ed residential treatment center.

1-on-1 Alternatives

Summit-Bridge Consulting Group

Vancouver, BC
Contact Arnold Mulessa by phone: (604) 725-0121
Toll-free: 1.800.726.4075 or

Summit-Bridge is a fee-for-service withdrawal management service. They come to your chosen location and offer 24/7 care and assistance through the initial withdrawal period. They are a Canada-wide service and use naturopathic and traditional western medicine. They also offer intervention services, sober companionship, and 24/7 monitoring and care to help clients establish new patterns and a recovery community.

Private Therapy

Here is the local therapist in your area that specializes in addiction.
Morgan, Kelly – Hons. BA, MA Psych.
Kelly J Morgan Psychotherapy & Assessment
1180 Cassells St.
North Bay, ON P1B 1B6
Phone: (705) 472-5136
Phone: (705) 493-7111

Pharmaceutical Alternatives

We recommend people pursue different methods (e.g. abstinence-based programs) before settling on pharmaceutical alternatives for alcohol treatment. However, if Rose and her husband chose this route, we recommended her husband go see a counselor at the same time.

Antabuse Drugs
Individuals take these daily. Any alcohol consumption while taking these pills will cause the person to become violently ill.

Sinclair Method

Opiate antagonists – typically naltrexone – are used to block the receptor sites that provide reward to the brain when using alcohol. Individuals do not stop drinking with the method. A person keeps drinking and teaches the brain that there is no reward in using alcohol. There are only two clinics in Ontario that offer this treatment (Wallaceberg and Windsor):

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