Our philosophy is to provide comprehensive substance abuse recovery, behavioral health services, and a complete rehab centre to help individuals and families achieve and maintain a healthy and productive lifestyle. Our focus always remains on the quality of service and care.
Andy's House, a residential program, uses eclectic therapeutic interventions. The treatment approach is based on the understanding that drug and alcohol dependence can best be treated when the complexity of the condition is acknowledged. This means taking into consideration the interactive nature of cultural, social, psychological, physiological, and genetic factors.
Andy’s House is a non-medical facility offering addiction recovery services to its clients through many combined approaches such as; The Minnesota Model (12 Step Approach), Systems Treatment Approach, Psycho-educational Groups, Cognitive–Behavioral/Problem-Solving Groups, and Interpersonal Process Groups. The foundation of our program is based on abstinence.
The approaches used are designed to promote changes in thinking, behaviour, feelings, emotions, reactions, and to increase self-worth. As well, we enable residents to seek out and use treatment support systems, including the House itself, their fellowship sponsors, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous. Andy's House is a group therapy setting approach. One-on-one counselling is offered in addition to the two set groups a day, plus whichever nighttime activity, meeting, or group is offered. Attendance in all program components is required. Discussion groups make up a large portion of the week’s groups. Topics range from personality to family of origin and everything in between. Topics are often determined by the make-up of the present group. The groups are open-ended with participants joining or leaving at different times.
The Minnesota Model (12 Step Approach) – Therapy for alcohol addiction
The primary goal is lifetime abstinence from alcohol, and other mood-altering chemicals and improved quality of life, in ordered to rid oneself of drug and/or alcohol addiction. This goal is achieved by applying the principles of the 12-step philosophy, which include frequent meetings with other recovering people and changes in daily behaviors. The ultimate goal is personality change or change in basic thinking, feeling, and acting in the world.
System Treatment Approach to treat addiction – family counseling
This term refers to treating clients in their natural social environment. Andy’s House offers family counseling, a weekly family support group and equally important, treatment strategies. Recovery involves family therapy that assesses the family system. This evaluation uncovers hidden forces causing dysfunction, allowing addiction to flourish. Once these are identified, family members work together to foster a functional family system that does not promote addiction.
Psychoeducational Approach to treat substance abuse
Psycho-educational groups are designed to educate clients about substance abuse and related behaviors and consequences. This type of group offers structured and group-specific content, taught through movies and written assignments. These groups provide information that aims to have a direct application to clients’ lives, such as instilling self-awareness, suggesting options for growth and change, and prompting people with substance abuse issues to take action on their own behalf.
Cognitive-Behavioral/Problem-Solving Approach – Cognitive process for substance abuse and addiction in Montreal
Cognitive processes include a number of different psychological activities, including thoughts, beliefs, decisions, opinions, and assumptions. A number of thoughts and beliefs are affected by an individual’s substance abuse and addiction. Cognitive–behavioral therapy groups work to change learned behavior by changing thinking patterns, beliefs, and perceptions. Some cognitive– behavioral approaches focus more on behavior, others on core beliefs, still others on developing problem-solving capabilities. Group members learn about self-destructive behavior and thinking that leads to maladaptive behavior, while focusing on problem-solving, and short- and long-term goal setting. Clients are encouraged to monitor their feelings and behavior, particularly those associated with substance use.
Interpersonal Process (Therapy) Approach – Improve Relationships
An interpersonal approach uses psychology to promote change and healing, helping clients focus on social roles and relationship dynamics. Clients learn to express emotions in healthy ways and learn skills to improve current relationships.
Daily Journaling – Addiction Therapy in Montreal
Here at Andy’s House we believe that keeping a daily journal has many positive benefits. By regularly recording your thoughts you will gain insight into your behaviors and moods facilitating personal growth and development. Journaling can help you let go of many things but it will also help you record the feelings while monitoring the changes and charting your journey in addiction therapy. This can help you on the road to recovery. You will find a deep appreciation in having the freedom to write things down until you are able to have the courage to speak the words that you have written.
Art Therapy – Creative Therapy in Montreal
The goal of art therapy at the Andy's House is to facilitate the recovery process through creative self-expression. The Art Therapist’s approach is humanistic/existential and archetypal. The art therapy ateliers include two main components:
- art-making (art activity on a theme proposed by the art therapist)
- group discussion (looking at the art and sharing of individual experiences of the process)
The creative process also allows the clients to exercise their “creative stance”, i.e. an active, trusting and constructive attitude toward reality as opposed to more dependent and self-destructive behaviors. Through the practice of artistic decision-making, clients develop an awareness and capacity for choice as opposed to their usual conditioned, automatic responses, which increase both their sense of personal agency and self-reliance. By providing means to explore, to observe, and to describe their experience, art therapy gives the clients tools for mastery and objectivity. It increases clients’ sense of self and ego-strength, i.e. their capacity to deal constructively with reality –whether internal or external- as opposed to denying or avoiding it, developing accountability and personal responsibility toward self and others.
Movie Group Therapy – Therapeutic Movie Group
Cinema has a great power to affect emotions and makes it a useful tool for therapeutic work. The basic idea behind movie groups is simple: characters in stories struggle with the same issues we do. By watching their successes and failures, we can learn new approaches to solving our problems. More importantly, it also leads to group discussions about the viewers’ lives and the issues that they struggle with and how they have dealt with them, whether it is successfully, or unsuccessfully.
Recreational Therapy – Therapeutic Recreation
Recreation therapy supports clients’ goal to improve their health and quality of life through a variety of recreational activities, including individual and group opportunities. Therapeutic Recreation is a process that uses treatment, education and recreation participation to facilitate persons with physical, cognitive, emotional or social limitations to acquire and maintain the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to enjoy their leisure optimally, function independently with the least amount of assistance and participate as fully as possible in society. The approaches used in Recreational Therapy are: leisure ability model, leisure education model for addicted persons, leisure-addiction relationship model, and flow theory. The Leisure Ability Model is based on the concepts of internal locus of control, intrinsic motivation, personal causality, freedom of choice, and flow. The Leisure Ability Model uses these ideas as the basis for three components of service: treatment, leisure education, and recreation participation. The Leisure Education Model for Addicted Persons helps the client find alternative healthy ways of experiencing pleasure and satisfying their needs. Once addicts stop using alcohol and drugs, they are left with a void. Addicted people lead addictive lifestyles and in recovery, they must abandon that way of life. Recreational Therapy provides the tools and the support necessary for making this major lifestyle change, by helping recovering addicts identify their needs, and forging a new lifestyle of their own. A combination of a physical fitness program, healthy recreation activities and fulfilling leisure time will aid in the development of a healthy recovery by addressing the individual's physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs - by addressing the whole person. The Leisure-Addiction Relationship Model is an approach that views addiction as a process - an addiction to relationships or to certain patterns of behavior such as gambling or sex. These people are "hooked" on a process rather than a chemical substance. It is important to recognize that this behavior is not simply compulsive in nature, but that it is accompanied by an adrenaline "rush" as well as other physiological changes. The experience produces a "natural high" that the addict will seek out in future experiences with the same activity. Recreational Therapy with this model strives to replace the addictive process with leisure that involves a sense of positive intrinsic satisfaction. Flow theory was developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He described it as a state of being in which a person is fully engaged in an activity that results in feelings of energy, focus, and success that often turn out to be optimal life experiences for the client. He identified eight conditions needed to reach flow, the optimal human experience. Recreational Therapy using this approach ensures growth and development and can provide extreme feelings of pleasure for the client.
Yoga Rehabilitation for addiction – Montreal Therapeutic Yoga
Addiction is the ultimate disconnect from the soul. Yoga seeks to unite the mind body and spirit through self-awareness. Intertwined in their ideologies, the 12 – Step program and the ethical lifestyle foundations of yoga, can be used as tools in which sobriety is maintained. Negative emotions such as anger and fear, which addicts often experience, can be acknowledged and experienced in the yoga practice. Practicing yoga postures, while experiencing these negative emotions can help provide coping skills, along with providing healthier alternatives. The student learns through yoga practice the art of mastering his emotions while building self-esteem. Yoga develops self-awareness while enhancing strength, courage and self-esteem, vital in battling addiction.
Zumba for addiction
Zumba: weight loss, body toning, coordination, fun way to exercise, social activity, increase self-esteem and confidence, self-expression, through dance, mood lifter/ stress reliever, provides body awareness.
Andy's House Gym
Sessions in our well-equipped in house gym coupled with regularly scheduled fitness programs is an integral part of treatment. Cardio machines, bench press, free weights, exercise balls and alternative, more meditative choices such as our Chinese cobblestone mat, offers residents a variety of ways to improve their physical well being.
Regularly scheduled Fitness, Yoga and Zumba classes round out the program providing a balanced mix of disciplines. Our outdoor pool is operational during Summer months and long walks along the river become part of the daily routine between Spring and late Fall.
Criteria for admission:
- Males and females over the age of 18 years
- No married couples, common-law, or otherwise, are permitted as residents at the same time
- Residents who enter into our program are primarily suffering from alcoholism and/or drug addiction.
- We service those of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, etc…
- We are not equipped to service those who are confined to wheelchairs (no elevators in house)
- We do not take in people currently on the methadone maintenance program. All methadone clientele needs to have completed their last dose of methadone prior to admission into the facility