The Thorpe Recovery Centre takes a well-rounded approach to ensure individuals are on the path to recovery and don’t substitute one addiction for another. Statistics state addiction is believed to be a solution for a problem: people in pain use a substance or behaviour to try to make the pain disappear because they don’t know what else to do. This coping mechanism works for a time; however, the real problem is never resolved and the pain is still there.

The Thorpe Recovery Centre focuses on discovering what that problem is, then works with the individual to directly resolve it. This is not a band-aid solution or a quick fix; it takes time and dedication. When working through all facets of the issue the team and client can truly resolve it. The curriculum is tailored to each individual’s needs, and includes several core lectures, specialty groups and support groups to guide clients on their journey.



Clients are instructed in gaining a clear perception of their own personality including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation and emotions. Since recovery from addiction requires profound internal change, self awareness is needed for addicts to identify what needs to be changed. Self awareness also allows clients to understand others, their perceptions, attitudes, and how to respond to both.


Low self-esteem is considered a significant contributing factor in drug and alcohol abuse, and process addictions. There are three main building blocks of self-esteem:

  • growth
  • unconditional worth and unconditional love
  • choice and change

Clients journey through different aspects of spirituality and discover how they relate to addiction.
Topics include:

  • A Model for Spirituality
  • A Path to Recovery
  • A Path to Sobriety
  • Definition of Spirituality
  • Losses and Gains
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Roadblocks to Acceptance
  • Who Am I and Tools for the Road
  • Willing to be Honest

This lecture series includes a variety of topics and written exercises on:

  • assertive communication
  • creating a support team
  • depression
  • distorted thinking
  • goal setting
  • lifestyle
  • overcoming negative thoughts
  • planning ahead for stress
  • the “Mood Emergency Action Plan”.

Based on models of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy the lecture series is designed to challenge clients and give them a variety of tools to begin the process of changing their thought patterns.


Addicts and family members in the early stages of recovery may not consider the strong role grief process plays in their lives. Understanding and accepting the process of grieving helps the challenges of recovery to be less of a mystery. Lectures and written assignments include:

  • a grief and loss timeline
  • loss of addiction
  • rituals
  • addicted relationships
  • awareness of loss, delayed and complicated grief recovery.

Relapse is a process, not an event. To provide clients with the best possible outcome once they have left Thorpe Recovery Centre, specific relapse prevention techniques for each type of relapse are taught:

Emotional Relapse
Emotions and behaviours may set clients up for a possible relapse in the future.

Mental Relapse
Part of you wants to use, but part of you doesn’t. In the early stages of mental relapse, you’re just idly thinking about using.

Physical Relapse
Driving to the liquor store, casino, or contacting the dealer. Establishing effective techniques for dealing with each phase of relapse will go a long way in establishing a strong prevention plan and ultimately more success for clients.


The importance of healthy communication skills in maintaining sobriety are learned through discussions and written assignments. The client learns techniques to deal with different styles of communicating.


This is a lecture that examines the most current science regarding addiction and helps to make the link between what is happening in the brain during addiction and the coinciding behaviour.


Lectures and written assignments focused on maintaining healthy boundaries. Topics include:

  • physical boundaries
  • emotional boundaries
  • spiritual boundaries
  • sexual boundaries
  • relationship boundaries

After living in years of addiction many individuals find it difficult to integrate back into their lives as a sober individual. The lectures below are designed to assist in this aspect of recovery:

  • Intimacy
  • Self-Awareness
  • Procrastination
  • The Art of Letting Go
  • Basic Human Needs
  • Don’t Let Them Push Your Button

Malnutrition and Addiction
This lecture outlines the importance of good nutrition in recovery. It is astounding to consider only fat contains more calories per gram than alcohol. As a result, while drinking, addicts experience a sense of fullness while having eaten very little or nothing. These “empty calories” lead to poor eating habits and malnutrition. Drug abusers experience a similar effect. Alcohol and drugs keep the body from properly absorbing and breaking down nutrients and expelling toxins, that leads to a host of health problems. This lecture also goes over the impact of good nutrition and cravings, which foods can make a difference in the client’s health and how to recover and sustain a new, healthier lifestyle.

Approaches to Wellness
There are seven dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational. Most recovering Addicts struggle in one or more of these dimensions. In this lecture clients are educated on healthy ways to approach and master each dimension.

When struggling with addiction, sleep is usually minimal and neglected. During this lecture clients are educated on the importance of sleep and how obtaining adequate sleep affects the body. Information on sleep cycles, getting proper amounts of sleep, coping with insomnia and general sleeping tips are provided.

Sexually Transmitted Infections
The education provided on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) stresses the importance of practicing safe sex, types of STI’s and the significance of seeking immediate treatment. We strive to put a stop to myths and misconceptions while providing the most current information