Westminster House

Westminster House plays a key role in the New West Recovery Community.  Since 1981 women have been coming to Westminster House to recover from addiction.  The Social Model Program at Westminster House provides treatment, education, and prevention opportunities that differ from an institutional approach.  Our Social Model teaches that while we think as individuals, we succeed together. Community interaction and personal experiences are tools we use to help others.

After completing residential programs, many of the Westminster House clients stay in New Westminster and started their new life free from addiction. For over 37 years people living in long-term recovery have made New Westminster their home, creating a strong recovery presence in the community and a support system for our new clients.

British Columbia has been host to the Recovery Capital of Canada for the past three decades. New Westminster boasts some of the largest 12 step meetings, largest recovery events, with the youngest median age of people in recovery, inspiring thousands of women and their families to recover.

Primary Care Treatment Program

During a client’s stay they explore the core issues that led to their addiction. The Primary Care program presents the framework and an action plan that leads to sustainable recovery.

The clients live in a peer to peer environment and are in groups of two or more women at all times to ensure complete safety and accountability to the program. Clients integrate into the community and attend eleven 12-step philosophy meetings a week. This creates a strong feeling of connection and where recovery is part of everyday normal life.

Primary Care Includes:

  • Group Therapy
  • Medical Assessment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • One to One Counselling
  • Addiction education
  • Introspective writing (12 Steps)
  • Health and Wellness
    • Mindfulness
    • Yoga
    • Acupuncture
    • Meditation
    • Exercise program
  • Psycho-educational programming
  • Lifestyle and nutrition
  • Social Recreation

Program Goals:

  • Long term abstinence from drugs and/or alcohol
  • Improved psychical and mental health
  • Improved family and social relationships
  • Access to educational and employment opportunities