RULES &
EXPECTATIONS

The Thorpe Recovery Centre provides structure and basic guidelines individuals will need when they re-integrate into their home communities.

UNPACKING AND SETTLING IN

Unpacking your luggage on your first day affirms that you matter and this is your home for the time you are here.

GOSSIP AND RUMOURS

Gossiping (speaking about others) is a form of mood-altering that boosts your esteem by putting down others. You’re here to focus on yourself and by deflecting your feelings towards others is not a healthy behaviour in recovery.

RECOVERY-FOCUSED COMMUNITY

Creating a safe space for all is essential for the community. The use of language and topics of discussion are to be positive and focus on wellness. Gossiping is a form of mood-altering and deflection and something we do when we don’t feel good in ourselves. This, along with foul language and stories of past unhealthy activities (drugalog) is not permitted

SMOKING SCHEDULE

It is not uncommon for individuals to manage their emotions through mood-altering with many different behaviours and substances (food, anger, smoking). Learning the importance of societal norms and following rules is key to living in recovery and maintaining a sense of self-respect. Smoking is permitted at certain times to not interfere with programming and to let program participants learn how to “sit in their feelings”.

COMPLETING ASSIGNMENTS & TASKS

Programming includes both formal and informal therapeutic interventions. You will develop a treatment plan with our team that will consist of a series of assignments and educational sessions. Completion of your treatment plan is essential to finishing our program. Some informal aspects of our program include making your bed each day, keeping your space clean and tidy, contributing to community chores. These reinforce healthy daily habits that will make your day-to-day recovery more manageable.By taking care of the little things, the big things become more manageable.

ADDING STRUCTURE AND RULES OF CARE

Being accountable for your actions and time is important when re-integrating back into your home community. Being on time for all aspects of programming is required. The programming schedule is set to ensure a healthy flow of activities that include breaks, times of reflection, recreation, and education. Although it is permitted in designated areas, breaks for smoking or snacking are set at certain times to not interfere with programming. A natural reaction to an uncomfortable situation or emotion may be to reach for a cigarette; by waiting until a scheduled time to use tobacco, you are learning to sit with your feelings and process emotions in a supportive environment. By establishing a reasonable daily routine, you are setting a foundation for life-long recovery.

THE 21 COMPETENCIES OF THORPE’S ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAM

The 21 competencies of the Thorpe Recovery Centre’s Addiction Treatment Program form the core experience that enables an individual to successfully complete a task, job, or professional assignment.

Personal development is also reinforced through intervention plans, by providing accountability and opportunities to take on commitments and initiatives, among other things. Below are the 21 competencies Thorpe Recovery Centre residents and staff are encouraged to develop:

1. Be organized and orderly

2. Be consistent

3. Be reliable

4. Active participation in own recovery

5. Ability to plan structured activities

6. Ability to lead structured activities

7. Transfer of learning

8. Take initiative

9. Express yourself appropriately

10. Encourage others

11. Accept being supervised

12. Team work abilities

13. Communicate effectively

14. Social integration abilities

15. Be objective

16. Be empathetic

17. Decision-making abilities

18. Problem-solving abilities

19. Ability to ask for help

20. Conflict resolution

21. Self awareness

TEAMWORK

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!
EVERYONE MATTERS

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

BLAMING IS SHAMING

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.

TEAMWORK

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!
EVERYONE MATTERS

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 IS SHAMING

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