2019 Intensive Program Offerings:

Codependency: May 23 – 25, 2019

Disordered Eating: September 19 – 22, 2019

Gambling Intensive: October 22 – 27, 2019

Whether you have had a problem with gambling in the past, a current problem with gambling, or if you are unsure if you have a gambling problem, this program is for you. 

The Thorpe Recovery Centre’s six-day Gambling Intensive will help you gain an understanding about gambling, why you gamble, and strategies to help you live a healthier life, free from gambling.  

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who struggled with gambling 
  • Anyone who is experiencing negative consequences from gambling 
  • Anyone who wants help for his/her gambling problem 
  • Anyone who cannot stop gambling and wishes to abstain from gambling 
  • Anyone who is unsure if he/she has a problem with gambling 
  • Professionals interested in gaining information about gambling disorders  

Some different types of gambling:

  • Slots/VLT machines
  • Poker, Blackjack, Roulette (also known as casino games) 
  • Horse Races 
  • Lottery tickets 
  • Sports betting 
  • Bingo 
  • Keno 
  • Pull tabs 
  • Betting on games of skill, such as golf, darts, etc. 
  • Electronic/Online casino games (blackjack, poker, slots) 
  • Stocks 

Some signs of problems with gambling:

  • Money problems 
  • Keeping secrets over money and finances 
  • Preoccupied with gambling 
  • Unpaid and overdue bills 
  • Increase in credit card use 
  • Withdraws from family, friends 
  • Neglects responsibilities 
  • Mood swings 
  • Can become depressed and or suicidal 
  • Borrowing money 
  • Gambling to cope with uncomfortable feelings and or thought

Grief Intensive: March 19-23, 2019

When grief doesn’t go away: Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. It’s normal to feel sad, numb or angry following a loss. But as time passes, these emotions should become less intense as you accept the loss and start to move forward. If you aren’t feeling better over time, or your grief is getting worse, it may be a sign that your grief has developed into a more serious problem, such as unresolved or complicated grief. Dealing with a significant loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. Traditional support groups encourage grievers to talk about the pain, but don’t always offer a path to recovery. The Thorpe Recovery Centre’s five-day Grief Intensive utilizes the Grief Recovery Method developed by the Grief Recovery Institute. This method supports individuals to move through their grief and take clear actions that will move them forward in the healing process. 

How do I know if I have Unresolved Grief?

Unresolved grief is like being stuck in an intense state of mourning. You may have trouble accepting the loss long after it has occurred or be so preoccupied with the loss that it disrupts your daily routine and undermines your other relationships. 

Symptoms of unresolved grief include:

  • Intense longing and yearning for loss. 
  • Intrusive thoughts or images of your loss. 
  • Denial of the loss or sense of disbelief. 
  • Imaging that your loved one is alive. 
  • Searching for the person in familiar places. 
  • Avoiding things that remind you of your loss. 
  • Extreme anger or bitterness over the loss. 
  • Feeling that life is empty and meaningless.

What types of loss will be addressed?

Grief is commonly associated with the death of a loved one–which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief–but some loss has nothing to do with death. Any loss can cause grief including:

  • Death of a loved one 
  • Divorce or loss of relationship 
  • Loss of health 
  • Loss of a job or career 
  • Loss of financial stability 
  • A miscarriage 
  • Retirement 
  • Loss of spiritual belief 
  • Death of a pet 
  • Loss of a cherished dream 
  • A loved one’s serious illness 
  • Loss of a friendship 
  • Loss of safety after a trauma 
  • Selling the family home 

Format & Agenda

Led by a Grief Specialist the Thorpe Recovery Centre Grief Intensive will provide you an opportunity to explore yourself in a safe nonjudgmental community, in which you can obtain a deeper understanding about yourself and strategies to support you in moving through your grief.

Sessions Include: 

  • Myths about Grief
  • Apologies, Forgiveness
  • Significant Emotional Statements
  • Loss History
  • Emotional Regulation & Self Care
  • Recovery Community
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Creative Writing

Recovery Tune-Up: February 22 – 24, 2019 & June 21 – 23, 2019

This three-day intensive is for anyone who is in recovery from any addiction and wishes to enhance their journey, including anyone who may be struggling to maintain a sense of contentment with their recovery. Prior 12-Step knowledge is not required; however, a portion of the programming will review each step — great for individuals who work the program and those new to the philosophy.  

The Recovery Tune-Up Intensive team will provide a safe and caring environment for people in recovery to come together to share their experiences about recovery. 

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who is in recovery and wishes to enhance their recovery. 
  • Anyone who is struggling to maintain a sense of contentment in their recovery. 

Topics will include:

  • Recovery Assessment 
  • Overview of Addiction  
  • Addiction Interaction 
  • Emotional Sobriety 
  • Happiness in Recovery 
  • Importance of Self Care 
  • Overview of the Steps 1 – 12 
  • Self-esteem 
  • Intimacy 
  • Communication and Boundaries 
  • Relapse Prevention  
  • Recovery Planning  


  • Individuals registering for Thorpe’s Recovery Tune Up must have minimum three (3) months clean and sober time.
For more information about our intensives, times and prices please contact our administration office at:


The Thorpe Recovery Centre takes a well-rounded approach to ensure clients are on the path to recovery and don’t substitute one addiction for another. Curriculum is tailored to each individual’s needs, and includes several core lectures, specialty groups and support groups to guide clients on their journey.



The Thorpe Recovery Centre provides structure and basic guidelines clients will need when they re-integrate into the “real world”.