It is required that all residents take their medication as prescribed as the first
step. The concordance of medication compliance is imperative to long term stability
and functionality. A resident who requires support with taking their medication is
placed on a supervised program.
Through our behaviour modification program and psychosocial programs, support, routine,
structure and education towards changing health-related behaviours (e.g., anger management,
decision making, lose weight, substance abuse etc.) is the core focus. Most sufferers
do and will experience slips that will sometimes worsen and become relapses.
Our relapse prevention strategy is based on the maintenance of change. We recommend
specific coping strategies adapted to the clients needs in maintaining the desired
It is based on the idea that maladaptive behaviours are acquired or learned. People
engage in maladaptive behaviours to “feel good” (enhanced pleasure) or to “feel better”
(self-medication). The rewards of following maladaptive behaviours serve to bolster
their excessive frequency, intensity, and duration, despite the delayed negative
consequences which can be quite severe and long lasting.
The same learning process is involved in the development of adaptive behaviours too.
As such, our program is designed to help residents build a new behaviour repertoire
in which more adaptive coping behaviours replace maladaptive ones.