Giving hope to those struggling with the disease of addiction

Our Program Model We help hundreds of individuals and their families every year by focusing on their needs. Regardless of age, gender, or family history, everyone deserves another chance. That’s exactly what we provide. Our core programming stems from over 40 years of research and adapting to the needs of the greater community. The Thorpe Recovery Centre utilizes a client and family centred, three-phase approach to its chemical dependency treatment programs. Our approach is based on the therapeutic community model, which, through mentorship, assignments, and life-skill building, helps individuals discover their strengths and grow in recovery. This process stresses the importance of fellowship to meet life’s challenges, rather than turning to a single therapist or drug of choice to find resolve. Even for the shortest of treatment lengths, individuals are
expected to engage, be accountable, and be an active participant in their own recovery. Through this methodology, we provide a safe and effective program in a positive, peer-culture environment.


The Thorpe Recovery Centre works as a team. Here are a few reasons why:
1. It creates synergy; after all, the sum is greater than the parts.
2. It supports a more empowered way of working, and removes constraints, which may prevent someone doing their job properly.
3. It promotes leaner structures with less hierarchy.
4. It encourages multi-disciplinary work where teams cut across organizational divides.
5. It fosters flexibility and responsiveness, especially the ability to respond to change.
6. It promotes the sense of achievement, equity and camaraderie, which are essential for a motivated workplace.
7. When managed properly, teamwork is a better way to work!

The Thorpe Recovery Centre utilizes a four-phase transitional approach as its treatment program. Within each phase of treatment the intent is to care for the client on four basic levels:
1. Biological
2. Psychological
3. Social
4. Spiritual

Addiction is not typical, nor standardized. There often are other contributing factors to one’s behaviour which may include a mental health concern (depression, anxiety) and/or another compulsive behaviour such as problem gambling, disordered eating, or sex addiction. Through thorough assessments our skilled clinical team and robust programming will also address these needs and provide a holistic treatment experience.


As an employee or volunteer at the Thorpe Recovery Centre, you matter! You matter to the organization and to the clients. Every conversation you have with your colleagues, and every interaction you have with the clients can change a person’s day.


Blaming and shaming are attempts to project our bad feelings onto another person. “If I can shift my pain on to you, then I won’t have to feel it. If I believe you are the source of my pain, then I can justify transferring it back to you.” We blame others when we want to hurt them and control them. When we do this, we take advantage of the vulnerability we all share the tendency to take responsibility for other’s feelings and to feel badly about ourselves.

At Thorpe we treat each other with dignity and respect because that’s the way we want to be treated.