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Frequently Asked Questions

It is completely normal for our clients, their families and loved ones to have questions before entering treatment. Our FAQ page can help clarify things and answer any questions you may have so that you know what to expect! Can't find the answer to a question? Contact us

When does your next session start?

We offer new start dates every 2 weeks. If you are interested in attending our recovery retreat program, for information and availability on upcoming start dates.Contact us

How much does it cost?

We want to help you change your outlook, your behaviour and your life. We DO NOT have a pool, a gym or tennis court, and our prices reflect that.

Our program and treatment costs are, on average, less than other private Canadian treatment facilities. Contact us for specific program costs.

How do I sign up for treatment?

Contact us today and book your space into an upcoming program, A deposit is required to hold bed and may be paid by Visa, Mastercard or etransfer

Family Expectations: Real or unrealistic?

It is often the family member, scared and feeling helpless or frustrated that reaches out and helps book a client into treatment. Most often, they are at the ends of their ropes- both emotionally and financially. While this step is taken by a loved one, it is important that the addict/alcoholic is willing and able to participate. For it will be those individuals who must put in the work- by having an open mind, be truthful and honest about their addictions and actions and be self aware of what their addiction has done to their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

They are in treatment, so now what?

It is important that the family understand that their loved one will not be "cured". Coming to treatment is a tool for the addict/alcoholic to learn about their addictions, actions and what they will need to do to gain long term sobriety. Often, parents of adult children and spouses are hopeful that treatment will fix long seated behaviours such as lying and stealing. While our program will address behaviours such as these, and offer up honest advice and new strategies for sober living, it is up to the client to change their course, make amends and correct their old behaviours.

If I paid, shouldn't I be able to get regular updates and know how they are doing?

While many family members, friends and spouses often foot the bill of treatment, clients legally have the right to privacy and that information is not ours to share. Technically, the addict/alcoholic is our client, regardless of who paid for treatment. We have no obligation to the parents, spouses, children or loved ones who call. The client MUST sign a release of information, naming specific individuals for us to release such private information. Often the client does not want this breach in privacy- they do not want the specifics of such a personal experience to be shared until they are ready to share it themselves. Clients do have access to a telephone daily and have every opportunity to relay messages to loved ones. We ask that you give your loved on the space and time- it is a long, painful process with lots of reflection and work!

What if we paid all this money and they relapse or are asked to leave?

It is important that the addict/alcoholic is willing and able to participate- old behaviours and fears are hard to break. The average Canadian addict/alcoholic goes through treatment many times before they stay clean and sober. Some reasons people relapse after treatment are:

  • They weren't open to treatment in the first place and only came under pressure or duress from friends and family. That is why it is crucial that the addict/alcoholic made the decision on their own. They must be fully committed to their own sobriety for their own reasons!
  • They are dealing with unreal expectations from themselves or loved ones. No one will be cured- and sobriety doesn’t happen overnight. Discussing aftercare, family expectations and setting realistic goals are a must!
  • Some clients return to their old lives, old friends and do not make the recommended changes that are needed. They sometimes believe that their only problem was drinking and decide that they can handle drugs or vice versa. They must be willing to use the tools given to them- such as utilizing meetings or sponsors, and make the recommended changes- such as leaving unhealthy friends or jobs- before they can expect real sobriety to stick.

If they are asked to leave, it is important to understand that many addicts/alcoholics are intimidated by the thorough, work intensive programming and it is hard for them to take an honest look at their lives and addictions. It would be a challenge for anyone- even sober, healthy people- to share their lives with others. Many want to focus on anything but the program and will sometimes revert to old, unhealthy behaviors such as anger, anxiety and deflection.

If you loved one is asked to leave it is because our centres rules were broken or we felt that they were jeopardizing others safety or their own. Because people in addictions often have mental health issues as well, it is important that our staff have a clear, full picture of the clients mental and emotional health. Due to the intense nature of our work- the hours of counselling, administrative work and support staff needed to counsel and house your loved one, refunds are not given.

Our staff genuinely want to help our clients and will do our very best to help them succeed! We have had over 650 clients through our program- please read our testimonials to see the success, happiness and sobriety of our clients!

How long has the facility been in operation?

We have been accepting clients since January of 2009.

Where is Prairie Sky Recovery Centre located?

Prairie Sky Recovery Centre is located 15 minutes South of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, in the Hamlet of Leipzig.

We are 1 and 1/2 hours West of Saskatoon and 45 minutes South of North Battleford, SK. Contact us and we can send you detailed directions.

What is the nearest Airport?

The nearest airport is Saskatoon International Airport (YXE)

For clients flying into Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) , you can make arrangements to be picked up at the airport. Contact us with your flight details to book a pick-up from the Airport, Please note: there is a $150 charge for this service.

Is your facility 12 step based?

Yes it is. We work all 12 Steps thoroughly and comprehensively. This includes twelve step literature and homework, videos, tailored lectures, homework questions as well as in-depth class discussion. We host 12 Step AA and NA meetings in-house weekly.

What are the 12 Steps?
  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Are clients allowed visitation and/or to make phone calls?

Yes this is encouraged.

Is there somewhere for me to stay when I am visiting a loved one in treatment?

We do not have facilities for families and loved ones to stay on site, but we suggest contacting:

Wilkie Country Inn
Wilkie Country Inn

Address: 501 7 AVE W, Wilkie, SK S0K 4W0 Map

Phone: (306) 843-2641

Is this a gender specific program/ substance abuse centre

No, We offer a spiritual-based non-denominational program that works for people of any faith, race, gender or sexual orientation.

What Should I bring with me when I come?
  • An open mind and positive attitude.
  • Enough comfortable casual clothing for a week (Laundry soap and dryer sheets provided).
  • Shoes are required indoors, our hardwood floors and marble staircase can be hard on the legs. Crocs or runners are recommended.
  • Weather appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activities.
  • In summer, sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Pajamas, housecoat, sweatpants etc for sleeping.
  • We supply pillows but you are welcome to bring one if you like.
  • Toiletries, shaving kit, hair dryer, your normal bathroom items such as shampoo.
  • Water bottle.
  • Spending money for pop, snacks, cigarettes, etc.
  • List of relevant phone numbers you may need during your stay.
  • Health care card.
  • Supply of any prescribed medications in the original bottle/packaging only. Bubble packed if possible. (Any prescription refills must come from your family doctor) All prescription and non-prescription medications must be turned over to the staff upon arrival.
  • A Musical instrument

Please Note: Staff will examine all luggage upon arrival, we supply all sheets, blankets & towels

What Should I Not To Bring with me?
  • Do not bring Cellphones/Smartphones or electronics of any kind, You will not be permitted use of your cell phone during your stay
  • Mouthwash, cologne, perfume, hairspray or any item that contains alcohol.
  • Revealing clothing, clothing with offensive slogans
  • Expensive items
  • Protein powders, work out supplements or energy drinks.
  • Hair dye.
Will my loved one receive group treatment sessions or one-on-one sessions?

Yes, your loved one will receive both group and one on one therapy sessions.

Do you offer any type of family program?

Although we do not offer a formal family program, families frequently contact us with their concerns regarding their loved ones and we provide ongoing support and guidance.

What happens if the family needs instruction about how to care for the client after discharge?

We provide guidance, support and encouragement to all family members and address ongoing concerns based on our own experience.

Are other specialists available if needed?

Yes, we arrange appointments for any specialist that is needed or required.

Is there an after care or continuing care plan developed?

Yes we have developed a Bridge program which deals with aftercare and continued planning for sobriety. We are always available for contact with any past clients and we encourage them to remain in regular contact with us. There is opportunity for long term after-care group therapy through an affiliated Addictions Counsellor. We also  provide resources for addicts.

Does the facility also offer outpatient physician and therapy services?

We have access to all health services offered within our healthcare system including physicians, registered massage therapists and qualified counsellors.

How much therapy do clients receive?

Due to the small and intimate class size, our clients receive five hours of daily group therapy. Our counsellors are also available for individual sessions whenever required or requested by the client. Clients also attend three 12 Step meetings on a weekly basis.

Does the facility offer specialized therapies?

We follow the 12 Step philosophy as well as an Emotional Wellness Program.

Are there staff on site 24/7?

Staff are always onsite and availble.

Can we have a tour of the facility prior to admission?

Yes, we welcome anyone who asks for a tour. Contact us to arrange a tour.

Is the Prairie Sky Recovery Centre accredited?

No we are not presently accredited however we are developing our policies and procedures manual with the short-term goal of becoming accredited in Canada.

Does the facility specialize in rehabilitation care?

We follow the 12 Step philosophy of AA/NA, and provide an Emotional Wellness class. This class explores self esteem issues, negative core beliefs, and biased expectations which in turn helps clients to define their own morals, values and beliefs. We also do a meditation class that helps clients slow down their racing thoughts. The Pre-Intake Program for people who arrive early helps to address any resistance to coming into treatment. The Bridge Program was designed to help clients form a vital plan for a successful recovery.

Does the facility have a formal way to monitor quality of care?

We internally monitor the quality of care in a variety of ways. We monitor client progress and address all concerns through a weekly staff meeting. In addition, clients attend a daily meeting seven days a week which provides clients the opportunity to voice all concerns. Consistent, timely and accurate documentation of each client is maintained regularly covering counselling and health progress and concerns, feedback provided is valuable and helps us to strive towards continually improving our quality of care.

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