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Our Program

The programming here at the Edmonton Dream Centre is holistic and in-depth. The women participate in three classes a day during the week, from pilates and art therapy to staying sober and 12-step. We believe in a comprehensive approach to treating addictions using the framework of cognitive behavioural therapy to address the whole person; body, mind and spirit. Each aspect of the program is designed to develop self-awareness to impact the women’s thoughts, behaviours and eventually, their future.

At the Edmonton Dream Centre, we understand and embrace the vulnerable women and children we serve. We provide an accredited safe, inclusive environment to develop transformative paths out of cycles of addiction, abuse, poverty and psychological trauma. We believe in treating the whole person (psychologically, socially, mentally, physically and spiritually) to bring about optimal well-being through the program. Residents take responsibility for their own recovery process to develop lifestyle change.

Our program is divided into three phases, treatment, stabilization, and transition for a more fluid and sustainable recovery change process in a two-plus year program design.

  • Year 1: Focus on treatment, sobriety and understanding the disease.
  • Year 2: Individual in scope, steps in recovery plan and goals toward independence.
  • Results: Self-awareness impacts thoughts, behaviours and recovery

We are unique in that we provide the opportunity for children to reside with their mothers while in treatment and offer supportive care to keep families together.  Our faith in God’s transformative power provides hope, healing and restoration and is the anchor for our program and care.

Criteria
1. Female over the age of 18
2. Be 7 days clean and pass drug test
3. Physically capable of climbing stairs and daily housekeeping
4. Does not require psychiatric assistance due to acute mental illness
5. Forgo all romantic relationships, unless legally married
6. Open to the Christian faith

Process
Call the main phone line at 780-423-5516 and ask the receptionist to complete an over the phone interview. If a space becomes available, we will contact you for an in-person interview.

We do not have a waiting list. As spaces become available, we review telephone interviews to invite individuals for in-person interviews. Please call reception once per month to check in after you’ve completed the telephone interview so we know you’re still interested in our program. If your contact information changes, please let us know.

Programming

Our programming is holistic, approaching addiction from a bio-psycho-social model. Residents take responsibility for their own recovery process to develop lifestyle change. Each aspect of the program develops self-awareness to impact their thoughts, behaviours and eventually, their future.

Twelve Step Program
This is a set of principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. This includes admitting that you are out of control, that God gives you strength, making amends for past errors and learning to live a new life with new values.

Staying Sober
A guide to relapse prevention that outlines the recovery process and relapse behaviours. This is a practical method for relapse prevention that requires hard work and commitment to working through the process.

Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy
This focuses on resolving emotional and behavioral problems by addressing the belief system to change thought patterns. Then, emotions and behaviours are also changed, effecting the whole self.

Addictive Thinking –Understanding the Disease
Abnormal thinking in addiction is explored in this book by Abraham J. Twerski to reveal how self-deceptive thought can undermine self-esteem and threaten the sobriety of a recovering individual, giving hope for a healthy life.

Art Therapy
Art therapy is an expressive intervention that articulates emotions, transcending linguistic barriers. This is a powerful therapeutic tool because it allows clients to take ownership over their recovery, instilling a hope for change.

Life Skills Development
As a residential facility, we have the unique opportunity to engage women in developing their life management skills. Residents are required to rotate preparing and cleaning up for meals, cleaning common areas such as hallways and living rooms, as well as maintaining their suite’s cleanliness.

Boundaries
Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations. This book and workbook shows you how to set healthy boundaries which will give you the freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be.

Parenting
This class brings biblically-based principles to bear on the challenging task of child rearing, showing parents how to bring order, set limits while still being loving, defining family boundaries and instilling godly character.

Budgeting
This class opens up the conversation around money and allows for open discussion and questions. Budgeting helps keep residents on track with their spending, prepare for unexpected expenses and find ways to save money.

Spiritual Development
Throughout the program, residents engage in Bible studies, daily devotionals, prayer times and Christian book studies.

Choir
Weekly choir practice engages the women as a group in developing their voice and devoting time to worship.

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