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
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 and have opportunity to relay messages to loved ones. We ask that you give your loved one the space and time- it is a long, painful process with lots of reflection and work! Prairie Sky Recovery Centre - FAMILY INFORMATION PACKAGE
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 your loved one is asked to leave it is because house 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 client's 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! Please read our testimonials to see the success, happiness and sobriety of our clients!
How long has Prairie Sky Recovey been in operation?
We began operation and renovations in 2008 and have been accepting paid clients since January of 2009. In that time we have had over a 1400 clients through our programs.
Where is Prairie Sky Recovery Centre located?
Prairie Sky Recovery Centre is located 15 minutes South of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, in the Hamlet of Leipzig. Map
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.
Where 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.
Are clients allowed visitation and/or to make phone calls?
Yes this is encouraged. Unsupervised telephone use is restricted until the completion of the first week of group therapy.
How do I contact my loved one in treatment?
Prairie Sky Recovery honors our clients rights to privacy and anonymity. As such, we cannot confirm or deny someone’s presence at our centre. We CANNOT accept phone messages for your loved one – this would include questions from spouses, well wishes, return phone calls, etc.
If you need to contact your loved one for reasons such as signing insurance documents, legal reasons, Doctor appointment, etc please use our email Contact form.
We suggest letters, cards, words of encouragement and well wishes to be sent via mail to our mailing address Box 535, Wilkie, SK S0K 4W0.
Our staff are not trying to withhold your loved one, or be rude. It is simply our way of protecting your loved ones privacy and anonymity.
Clients have access to a telephone after their first week of therapy and will call you when ready.
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.
Will my loved one receive group therapy 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?
Yes. We offer a four day Family Care Enhancement Program. Details of this program can be found under our program section.
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 Clients complete a Recovery Maintenance Action Plan prior to exit. Supplmenting programs such as Relaps Preventionare offered at various throughout the year. 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 Counsellors. We also provide resources for addicts as part of their exit planning from treatment. Continued contact through our virtual portal and outreach department is available. Attendance at our in-house open AA and NA meeting, alumni events and alumni meetings held in various Saskatchewan communities is also available.
Does the facility also offer outpatient physician and therapy services?
We have access to all health services offered within our Saskatchewan healthcare system. This includes Physicians, Dentists, Registered Massage Therapists, Chiropractic care, Psychologists, and other therapists.
How much therapy do clients receive?
Due to the small and intimate class size, our clients receive approximately five hours of group therapy daily. 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.
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?
We are currently involved in the accreditation process. As this is a long and arduous process we expect to complete and receive our full accreditation standing in 2020.
Does the facility specialize in rehabilitation care?
We specialize in Addictions Recovery Treatment. We follow the 12 Step philosophy of AA/NA, and provide an extensive Emotional Health and Wellness program. This program explores many of the root causes of addiction including such things as 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 and mindfulness practices that helps clients slow down their racing thoughts. The Pre-Program readiness Social Detox Program is for people who arrive early and helps to address any resistance to coming into treatment. Our Relapse Prevention and Bridge Programs are designed to help clients strengthen and build recovery assets.
Does the facility have a formal way to monitor quality of care?
We monitor the quality of care in a variety of ways. We monitor client progress and address all concerns through weekly staff and program meetings. In addition, clients attend two daily meeting 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. Lastly, some individual program evaluation forms are available and post treatment follow up by out outreach department and counsellors assists us with data collection and statistics.
As a client what should I bring with me to Prairie Sky Recovery?
- 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 (No Flip Flops).
- Weather appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activities.
- In summer, sunscreen and bug spray.
- Pajamas, housecoat, bathing suit, 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, toothpaste, alcohol free mouthwash and soap.
- Travel mug with lid
- Canteen spending money for pop, snacks, cigarettes, etc.
- List of relevant phone numbers you may need during your stay.
- Health care card and Photo ID
- 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.
- Musical instruments or other hobby/leisure pursuits (Eg drawing, knitting etc.)
Please Note: Staff will examine all luggage upon arrival, we supply all sheets, blankets & towels
What clients should not bring to Prairie Sky Recovery?
- Please do not bring Cellphones/Smartphones, ipod, ipad, mp3 players or electronics of any kind, You will not be permitted use any personal electronic devices during your stay
- Nail Polish, 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 or make up/cosmetics.
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