Treatment Process


Aurora’s treatment process is built upon a member-first culture and stands on three pillars that reflect our philosophy toward our members’ recovery: Heal, Connect and Recover. These pillars guide the process in which we heal our members’ minds, bodies and spirits, reconnect them with their true selves and their community, and provide them with the tools they need to recover for life.

We believe in the disease concept of addiction and its co-existing mental health disorders. Our treatments are holistic and evidence-based through biopsychosocial and spiritual principles and practices. Addiction is a human condition with a spiritual solution. Our addiction treatment is primarily based on 12 step philosophy, which has helped millions of people successfully recover from addiction for more than 80 years around the world. However, 12-step philosophy does not work for everyone, and as a result, we have a variety of alternative approaches for those resistant to 12-step.

The primary treatments for mental health disorders are based on the most advanced medical, psychological and therapeutic protocols available. We also utilize a number of adjunctive therapies that support the overall treatment plan of helping members heal and connect with others for recovery for life. Our members’ experiences are our first priority, and we believe they deserve the most advanced treatment protocols.

Aurora’s Treatment Process


Detox & Assessment: Healing begins with a safe 24/7 medical detox staffed by nurses and nurse practitioners, managed by a MD. Medical, addiction, clinical and psychiatric assessments are completed for each member, and provide the foundation for their personalized treatment plan with specific goals.
Personalized Treatment: Expert clinicians ensure our group, individual and adjunctive therapeutic programming is professional, effective and tailored to the unique needs of each individual. Each member is assigned two counsellors, one addiction-focused and one clinical. Counsellors may refer members for more advanced therapy and/or psychiatric consults.


Group Programming: Connection to others in recovery is critical to personal long term recovery. Members build new healthy relationships within Aurora to prepare them for recovery for life. Professionally facilitated peer-to-peer group therapies, 12-step meetings,adjunctive therapies and structured activities build connection with the recovery community.
Family Program: Family engagement plays a key role in the member’s recovery for life. Throughout the treatment process, members and their loved ones learn to overcome the challenges of addiction, set healthy boundaries, rebuild relationships, and integrate the family into the member’s personalized recovery plan. Our weekly Family Group and Intensive Family Program prepare loved ones for their own recovery for life.


Back to Work: When a member leaves treatment, Aurora continues to assess and monitor the member and the progress of their reintegration into relationships at work, home, and social circles. These transitions can be difficult and Aurora’s staff are always available for consultation.
Continuing Care: Every member prepares a comprehensive, evidence-based recovery plan before leaving Aurora. By applying what they’ve learned in treatment, receiving ongoing support from Aurora’s staff and continuing care programs, and following the actions established in their continuing recovery plan, alumni members have the tools to sustain their recovery for life.

Aurora Recovery Centre’s philosophies are consistently reflected in the way we value our members and staff. Everything we do is in the interest of our members’ recovery for life.

Our modern world-class facilities are located on the serene western shore of Lake Winnipeg, accompanied by miles of wooded trails and breathtaking sunrises, with amenities that support healing.

From initial contact with Aurora, you begin to experience our Member-First Culture. Our highly experienced Addiction Specialists help you navigate the complex, emotional decision to admit to treatment.

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