Taking time away from work and family is a significant and courageous commitment, and for many an important step on their journey to wellness.

Transitioning to a residential treatment program encourages an immersive experience towards mental and physical wellness. Support and care can be offered for a variety of issues including trauma, addiction to substances, behavioural addiction, or a mood disorder that is impacting an individual’s ability to thrive in their daily life at home and/or at work. Treatment programs may be available within an individual’s community or may require travel to facilitate access to residential care.

Residential treatment programs offer specialized therapeutic interventions, structure, a daily routine, and consistency – all of which support positive change and growth. This type of treatment approach offers a safe environment and supervision from a team of professionals, often from a variety of disciplines, who work collaboratively to coordinate a customized plan of care.

Residential treatment can also benefit individuals who require intensive support for mental health concerns, substance use challenges, or those who have several stressors in their life.  For instance, someone with a substance use challenge, who has a history of trying to stop or reduce harm on their own, may benefit from a residential setting where triggers can be limited for a period of time and a solid recovery plan developed. Many of the residential programs Encompas has partnered with also provide specific programming exclusive to First Responders.

With your consent, each program has committed to ensuring your Care Manager and Clinician(s) are apprised of your progress, to ensure cohesive, timely care when the program is completed. This can include setting up an appointment with your therapist the same week of discharge, connecting you with peer support groups, and providing you with online courses.

Treatment Screening Assessment


Before any referral is made for residential or intensive outpatient treatment programs, we ensure that the program we refer clients to are clinically a good match for the mental health challenges being experienced, the goals of the client, and the exclusion criteria for the preferred program. Therefore, prior to referral, a Treatment Screening Assessment is completed. Here is some information about the Treatment Screening Assessment:

  • Completed by the client’s current mental health practitioner (e.g., psychologist, social worker, etc.) or, if the client doesn’t have a mental health practitioner, then by a Dalton Associates psychologist;
  • Typically takes 1-2 hours to complete;
  • Can be conducted in-person, over the telephone, or via virtual clinic – depending on the client’s location, and who is conducting the screening and their location; and,
  • Will make recommendations as to treatment programs that would be a good match for the client, and other treatment recommendations.

If a Treatment Screening Assessment does not recommend the client’s preferred program, the reasoning will be discussed with the client in detail, and alternate recommendations will be made.

The links below provide further information about inpatient residential treatment options.

Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health service provider that utilizes clinical best practices and evidence-based care to create an environment of compassion, resiliency and hope for our Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Their team of accredited professionals provides a range of group-based therapy programs benefiting  individuals, couples and children affected by the impacts of operational stress injuries.

Adapted from: www.woundedwarriors.ca

The Stable Grounds Inc. is a privately owned and operated therapy centre, providing day and residential programs for 1-3 months for current or retired Public Safety Officers (Fire, EMS, Police, Parole/Probation officers +) and Veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), anxiety, depression and more.

TSG offers a range of treatment options and focused care in a sprawling, yet intimate farm setting. TSG believes that their residential programs provide comprehensive treatment that improves recovery times, and allows guests to work through the healing journey without interruption and with ongoing support. They recognize the importance of helping those who provide essential services to others and offer priority treatment to support the recovery process through a unique range of therapeutic options.

Adapted from https://www.thestablegrounds.com/

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Trafalgar provides addiction treatment in residential settings that are serene and homelike. Each of their treatment centres adheres to guiding principles providing a comprehensive treatment protocol. Core to all programming at Trafalgar is the focus on treating the underlying mental health issues fuelling the addiction.

The Trafalgar team of accredited professionals have many years of clinical and research experience, culminating in offering the very best in treatment.

They have a highly trained and experienced team of professionals ready to provide customized therapeutic addiction treatment for the abuse of substances or processes. This includes alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, methamphetamines, heroin, and process addictions such as gambling and sex addiction. They also focus on addressing concurrent mental health disorders that may be connected to your addiction, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Trafalgar has extensive experience supporting first responders and military personnel, and offers an exclusive First Responder group programming within their broader addictions and mental health program.

Adapted from https://trafalgarresidence.com/

While Homewood offers numerous residential programs, including programs for individuals struggling with addictions, mood disorders, eating disorders, and trauma, Homewood also has exclusive groups and programs for uniformed professionals. Their nine (9)- week Guardians Program part of the Traumatic Stress Injury and Concurrent Program (TSICP) is exclusively for first responders, military, and veterans. The Guardians Program is designed for individuals who have experienced the unique challenge of protecting, serving and guarding their fellow citizens. Homewood’s evidence-based treatment program recognizes that these individuals have unique treatment needs which may include exposure to traumatic situations, depression, anxiety, and addiction challenges. In addition, this environment provides a forum for discussing issues the participants might be reluctant to disclose in the presence of civilians.

Adapted from https://homewoodhealth.com/

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Transforming Mental Health and Addiction Treatment in Canada

Bellwood has been treating addiction and related mental health disorders for over 30 years. Their abstinence-based treatment model is rooted in the work of their co-founder, Dr. Gordon Bell; a pioneer in the treatment of addiction in Canada. Bellwood as an addiction treatment rehab centre is defined by their long-standing experience, combined with our commitment to excellent patient care.

Inpatient treatment is available for alcohol and drug addiction, problem gambling, sexual addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and PTSD in a variety of locations. Our on-site capabilities include detox for drug addiction, behavioural addiction, specialized treatment for hidden problems, personalized care programs, nutritional guidance, supervised physical fitness, and recovery monitoring. Treatment doesn’t stop the moment you check out however; our open-ended approach to care means we’re available whenever you need us, for the rest of your life.

In addition, Bellwood’s nine (9)-week Concurrent Trauma and Addiction (CTAP) program is designed to specifically treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and operational stress injuries (OSI) at the same time as addiction, and is designated for military, police, firefighters, EMS, and other first responders. Each patient is matched with a primary counsellor who has extensive trauma therapy training, as well as with a medical doctor. The multidisciplinary CTAP team also includes a clinical psychologist, occupational therapists, and social workers. Patients also have access to a psychiatrist, as needed.

Adapted from https://www.edgewoodhealthnetwork.com/locations/inpatient-centres/bellwood/

Renascent has been a national leader in abstinence-based treatment since 1970. They are one of the largest residential treatment providers in Ontario, offering gender-specific treatment in one of four centres in Toronto and Durham region, using evidence-based treatment with proven outcomes.

As one of Canada’s largest abstinence-based treatment providers for substance use disorders including drugs, alcohol, and food, they offer evidence-based, trauma-informed care that addresses concurrent mental health issues. Their abstinence-based model integrates 12-step facilitation with other best practices in clinical and medical approaches. This foundation is augmented by a wide range of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural techniques, reality therapy, person-centred therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness principles, and art therapy. By addressing the chronic nature of substance use disorders while also recognizing how addiction impacts families, children, loved ones, workplaces, and communities, their holistic approach means they’re here for life.

Adapted from https://renascent.ca/

What does addiction and recovery look like?

If you are interested in pursuing residential care, or would like to learn more, please reach out to an Encompas Care Manager.