2019 Intensive Program Offerings:

Codependency: May 23-25, 2019

This three-day intensive has been designed for anyone who repeats patterns with dysfunctional relationships, who struggles to identify and communicate emotions, who attempts to set boundaries and doesn’t follow through, and who desires healthy, loving relationships in their lives.

Prior knowledge about codependency is not required and those with prior experience could benefit from attending the intensive.
The Codependency Intensive team will provide a safe and caring environment for people who struggle with their relationships to join and experience genuine connection through sharing their experiences in an accepting community.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding Codependency
  • Symptoms/Characteristics of Codependency
  • Codependent Relationship Exploration
  • Communication Patterns
  • Importance of Self Care
  • Self-esteem
  • Intimacy
  • Boundaries
  • Defence Mechanisms
  • Recovery Planning

Who should attend:

  • Anyone who desires healthy and loving relationships.
  • Anyone who is struggling to maintain a sense of contentment in their relationships.

Disordered Eating: September 19 – 22, 2019

Gambling Intensive: October 23 – 26, 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 four-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 Edu-Therapy Solutions Cognitive Behavioral process for healing grieving hearts. 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
  • Grief Resolution Letter
  • Significant Emotional Statements
  • Loss History
  • Emotional Regulation & Self Care
  • Recovery Community
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Relationship Review
  • 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.

July 16 – 21, 2019

The Sex Addiction Intensive is a solution for individuals who struggle with a sexual addiction. The Thorpe Recovery Centre provides a safe environment for you to gain a deeper sense of self and your behaviours. Led by CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapists) counsellors, the Thorpe Recovery Centre’sSex Addiction Intensive is based on the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) curriculum ofDr. Patrick Carnes.We use a comprehensive approach that addresses not only the acting out behaviour but also its roots.The teamutilizesa range of treatment methods including experiential, group and individual sessions along with psycho-educational workshops. This is a safe and non-judgemental environment to work through your sexual addiction.

What is Sex Addiction?

Sex Addiction is characterized by compulsive and often high-risk sexual behaviour. Some behaviour that is often associated with sexual addiction are:

  • Pornography
  • Prostitution
  • Voyeurism
  • Exhibitionism
  • Anonymous Sexual Encounters

Impact of Sex Addiction
Compulsive thoughts consume a sex addict’s life and make it impossible to live a productive or happy life. Relationships suffer, physical consequences like Sexually Transmitted Infections or Erectile Dysfunction can occur and even financial or legal problems can ensure.

Sex addiction is often referred to as an intimacy disorder; meaningful relationships and connections to the world escape a man or woman struggling with the addiction. As a result, sex addicts are often engulfed in feelings of guilt, shame, and low self-esteem.

Who Should Attend?

Adults over 18 years of age who:

  • Struggle with compulsive sexual behaviours or sexual anorexia and want help.
  • Experience negative consequences from sexual behaviours.
  • Are unsure if he/she has a problem with sex addiction.

What Will I Learn?

The Intensive is broken into lectures, process groups, and therapeutic activities. Over the 6 days you will work through:

  • Addiction Interaction
  • BoundariesoEmotional Regulation
  • Grief & TraumaoIntimacy in Relationships
  • Recovery Community
  • Recovery Planning
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Self Care
  • Understanding the cycle of addiction
  • Unmanageability & Shame

What Can I Expect?

  • Assessments (SDI, PATHOS, PTSI-R)
  • Individual Counselling: An opportunity to speak privately about your actions and understand the root cause of your behaviour.
  • Process Groups: Listen and give feedback to your peers. Share your experience to support others.
  • Recovery Planning: Learn how to make healthier decisions and design a plan for recovery.
  • Continuing Care: Get connected with outpatient counselling and to support groups to help maintain your recovery plan.
For more information about our intensives, times and fees, please contact our administration office at:
780.875.8890 or 1.877.875.8890


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”.