A new fully-funded live-in addictions recovery program will allow more Victoria men to receive long-term help close to home.
On Wednesday, the Salvation Army officially cut the ribbon on a program that’s been in the works for years – a six-month, nine bed alcohol and drug addictions recovery program.
Other recovery programs exist in Greater Victoria, but none that are fully-funded with around the clock clinical therapists, program director Jeffrey Baergen said.
“Among all the other barriers our community faces, we want to make sure that finance is not one,” he said. If the participants can pay they do, but if not it’s fully covered.
In the past, when men couldn’t afford treatment they had to be sent to the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, Baergen added. Now, they can stay close to friends and family and receive support from an organization known for being drug and alcohol free.
“Our program is one thousand per cent focused on giving the guys here every tool they need to get healthy,” Baergen said.
Days consist of group and individual therapy, life skills classes, outings such as hikes, and AA and smart recovery meetings. Right now, participants are working on an art project to decorate the centre’s walls.
The program is funded by the Salvation Army and Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in response to the 1,716 overdose deaths in B.C. in 2020.
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