33 West – Adult Supported Recovery provides abstinence based support and recovery services to individuals who suffer from substance misuse and abuse issues. 33 West is a co-ed 8 bed “Second Stage” recovery program funded by the Interior Health Authority in a facility registered with the provincial assisted living registrar.
33 West is operated by the Bridge Youth & Family Services Society, a not for profit agency that has been providing community services since 1969. The program is a 6 month, lightly structured, participant centered program offered in a safe, substance free, live-in environment. 33 West aligns with the Provincial Standards for Adult Residential Substance Use Services, and supports continued examination of the underlying causes of participants’ substance use (trauma, grief and family of origin issues) and focuses on practicing skills to create a healthy way of living.
What we do:
- Provide abstinence based residential facility for men and women who are in Second Stage recovery from substance misuse.
- Provide a structured environment and qualified staff to support men and women to enhance their development and maximize their achievement towards self sufficiency.
- Designed to encourage the development of new coping mechanisms, support networks, healthy lifestyles and independence, within an alcohol and drug free environment.
A candidate for 33 West needs to be engaged and intrinsically motivated to change. Individuals accepted into the program possess a desire to build and use supportive networks in the community.
Most candidates have initiated and successfully completed a treatment program, however some individuals who have not completed treatment may be considered for admission if this decision is endorsed by a supporting professional.
We believe that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and every person has a right to enhance their development and maximize their achievement towards self sufficiency and independence. Therefore, service plans and goals are individualized to the greatest extent possible and focused on reducing the harms associated with a participant’s substance use. Our services are participant centered and focused on assisting the participant in the development of coping and life skills and a positive sense of self, using evidenced based interventions and best practice approaches. A holistic, bio- psycho-social-spiritual approach is used to improve all areas of life; our services are based on the principles of motivational enhancement and focus on participant’s strengths while respecting diversity and individuality.
Referrals are accepted from residential or outpatient treatment programs, hospitals, social workers, alcohol and drug clinics, provincial corrections institutions and parole officers as long as they are attached to regional health authority alcohol and drug counsellor.
- Individuals on OAT Programs are accepted.
- Applicants are to be medically and physically capable of participating in a semi independent residential program and must not require a medical withdrawal management program.
- One may be asked to provide a urine sample for drug testing at time of entry and at any time during the program.
Description of the facility
- There are four, two bedroom apartments each housing two participants. (Gender paired)
- Each apartment is fully furnished and self contained with living room T.V., dinning room, bathroom, kitchen and some units have storage.
- The facility has a full laundry area and a participant telephone.
- There are group rooms and green space for use by participants.
- Apartments and bedrooms have locking doors and participants have keys to their suite and their rooms.
A typical stay at 33 West will be up to 6 months. The duration of each participant’s stay will vary based on their individual need.
- Wellness action planning will consist of a weekly one on one meeting with the Residence Supervisor and will outline the areas of focus and attention on recovery based activities or principles. These will be aligned to an overall service plan developed by the participant and the supervisor outlining the timeline and general objectives of the participant while in our program.
- After the first week and continuing for the next 6 – 10 weeks participants can expect to contribute to in house activities and groups as well as additional programming at A&D service groups; individual life skill sessions are based on the participant’s service plan and will often occur in evenings. Restrictions/ curfews and off property liberty are reduced allowing more personal freedom based on exhibited behaviors, safety and attitude.
- All participants at this stage will attend groups at A&D consisting of Recovery Essentials (Tuesdays at 10:30 – 11:30 am) and Relapse Prevention (Friday at 10:30-11:30 am); along with these two groups participants will be required to continue seeing their A&D counsellors routinely.
- From three months on, the participation at in house programming will continue to reflect the individual service plan and wellness goals.
- Once a participant is demonstrating sufficient levels of independence in areas like education, employment, relationships and personal care, and they feel ready to transition out of the 33 West environment discharge planning is engaged and timelines are set for leaving the program.
33 West is not a medically supervised program; participants are expected and supported in managing medical conditions in community.
Medication Administration: Participants at 33 West are expected to manage medications as prescribed without support. If it is determined that a participant requires assistance or support in managing medications they are directed to receive daily dispensing from our partnering pharmacy at a scheduled time. Carries of Methadose/Methadone, Suboxone or Fentanyl are not permitted in the residence, however arrangements can be made for a carry during an off property pass (weekend away from the residence). Due to our abstinence expectations and in order to maintain safety for all our participant’s, “Medicinal Marijuana” is not supported in this environment however those requiring CBD/THC medically can acquire prescriptions for synthetic forms.
Each participant will be assisted in the development of their personal service plan. All participants will participate in creating their plan for their return to independence with the support of program staff. Work on a service plan will begin early and will be a collaborative process between the participants, staff and the appropriate community based resources. It will also involve the participant’s family or other supports and, whenever possible, a family session will be held with the participant and family members to work collaboratively on the service plan and transition (discharge plan).
Participants that leave the program prior to completion (either voluntarily or involuntarily) will be treated with dignity and respect. Support with a transition plan and assistance with returning to the community will be provided.