Addiction and Recovery
Codependency (or Addiction Involving Relationships)
Grief and Loss
Caring for an Aging Parent
Addiction and Recovery
- Addiction is Addiction: Understanding the disease in oneself and others for a better quality of life by Raju Hajela, Sue Newton, and Paige Abbott
- The Selfish Brain by Robert DuPont
- Addictive Thinking by Abraham J. Twerski
- Author Christopher Kennedy Lawford’s books on Addiction and Recovery
- Desire, when sex meets addiction by Susan Cheever
- Facing Life by Nancy Brown
- Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies, and Secrets by Claudia Black
- Facing Codependence and Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody
- Codependent No More, Codependents’ Guide to the 12 Steps, and The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
- The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the Ones You Love by Angelyn Miller
- Alcoholics Anonymous The Big Book
- Narcotics Anonymous: It Works, How and Why text
- Clean by David Sheff
- Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff
- Refuge Recovery by Noah Levine
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
- Scattered Minds (ADHD) by Gabor Mate
- Feeling Good and The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns
- The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne
- Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey (Personality typing based on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator)
- The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- The Dance of Intimacy and The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
- Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine by Candace Pert
- A Day Without Pain by Mel Pohl
- Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Else’s Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too by Pohl, Szabo Jr., Shiode and Hunter
- Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain by Mel Pohl
Here is a list of providers you may find helpful in your journey:
Dr. Julia Sung Gill
Naturopathic Doctor, ND
Your good health is the cornerstone of your ultimate happiness and fulfillment in life. Growing up in the rural parts of South Korea as a child with natural village medicine influenced me in a profound way when I chose to become a doctor later in my life. I am passionate about the Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae) which is one of the core principles of the Naturopathic Medicine. I truly believe that the body has an ability to heal itself when various obstacles to health are removed (whether that being poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, or bad health habits such as smoking or over stressing) and are provided with the proper natural therapeutic agents it will surely return to its original wholesome healthy state in the absence of ailments and discomforts. I feel fortunate to get to practice Naturopathic Medicine today because of the extraordinary opportunity where the advances in modern science and
technologies from the West are available to be merged with traditional health practices and philosophies from the East. I am excited about what Naturopathic Medicine can offer you and your family. Outside my clinical practice, my other passions include spending quality time with my family, poperatic singing, gourmet cooking and entertaining, travelling, swimming and exploring the nature.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease” -Thomas Edison
“It is health that is real wealth” – Gandhi
Member in good standing – CAND, CNDA
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine – Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, ON
Specialized Internship – Family Medicine at Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, Toronto, ON
Bowen Therapy Certification – Dr. Manon Bolliger, Vancouver, BC
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Certification – Dr. Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, Calgary, AB
Biopuncture with Complex Homeopathics Certification – Pascoe, Calgary, AB
Bach Flower Essence Therapy Certification – Calgary, AB
Bachelor of Science Honors – Life Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Residential Treatment Centres
HUM is currently affiliated with the Last Door Recovery Centre for Men in New Westminster, British Columbia and Cedars at Cobble Hill, British Columbia. HUM will provide pre and post-residential treatment assessments as well as outpatient continuing care for individuals with Addiction issues in partnership with these centres.
Last Door Recovery Centre for Men
Last Door is a non profit organization drug and alcohol treatment centre in the Vancouver area. They operate 2 core programs, the Adult program and the Youth program as well as several adjunct rehabilitation treatment programs for families and partners. The residential aspects of both programs are gender specific to males while the family and transitional living aspects are designed to facilitate both genders and all ages. They provide quality services for alcohol rehab, substance abuse and drug treatment. Last Door helps people recover from drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, food addiction, video-gaming addiction, internet addiction and nicotine addiction.
Cedars at Cobble Hill
Cedars is an inpatient addiction treatment centre located outside of Victoria, British Columbia in Cobble Hill. Their inpatient treatment program is based on an abstinence model and is individualized to ensure each client is matched to the right treatment. Treatment may include separate treatment streams for clients with co-occurring disorders in order to effectively treat both illnesses. Length of stay varies and is determined by measured progress toward patient and staff identified goals
Cedars also offers an Eating Disorders program. The Eating Disorders program is a unique and intensive residential eating disorder treatment program for individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder and negative body image.
At Cedars, individuals are treated as a whole, unique and dynamic person. They offer personalized, insightful and compassionate support through the process of recovery. Their clinical team works collectively in assisting patients to recognize, define and implement healthy and safe, recovery focused goals.
Additional services include:
- Medical Detoxification when required
- Chronic Pain treatment program (in Pilot phase)
- Workplace reintegration
- Relapse consultation
Individualized continuing care plan upon completion of inpatient treatment
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Intensive Outpatient Programs are a great option to build to or add to your recovery foundation. IOPs vary in their structure and content. HUM stands behind their rigorous program and invite you to learn more to see if it is a fit for you
January 2020 IOP Dates:
Phase 1: January 6-17, 2020
Family Weekend: January 17-19, 2020
Phase 2: February 5-7, 2020
Phase 3: March 4-6, 2020
March 2020 IOP Dates:
Phase 1: March 9-20, 2020
Family Weekend: March 20-22, 2020
Phase 2: April 15-17, 2020
Phase 3: May 13-15, 2020
April 2020 IOP Dates:
Phase 1: April 20-May 1, 2020
Family Weekend: May 1-3, 2020
Phase 2: June 3-5, 2020
Phase 3: June 24-26, 2020
Missed an IOP start date? Contact us (email@example.com) to explore other options
What is HUM’s IOP?
The intensive outpatient program (IOP) at HUM is an 18-day program (144 hours) spread out over 3 months and includes 3 phases. It is designed for people who have already completed the comprehensive assessment at HUM and are looking for intensive treatment for Addiction in a short-term, day treatment/outpatient format so that an individual does not have to be away from home/work for an extended period of time. As Addiction is a chronic disease, the IOP is designed to be part of continuing care and recovery rather than a stand alone program.
Who is eligible for the IOP?
Anyone age 18 and older can refer themselves to the HUM IOP. The IOP is suitable for anyone with Addiction and provides treatment for all substance dependence (alcohol, cannabis, other drugs including prescription medication) as well as problem behaviors (gambling, sex, food, relationships, internet, etc.).
Who benefits from the IOP?
An individual with any of the following may benefit from our program:
- Interested in recovery, whether or not they have tried before
- Cannot afford inpatient/residential treatment
- Cannot take time off work or leave family for an extended period of time
- Have a reasonably stable social environment to return home to each evening
- Are motivated to change
All individuals considering the IOP will complete a comprehensive assessment to determine where they are at. Based on the conclusions of the comprehensive assessment, the HUM team will recommend one of the following:
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Outpatient continuing care (group therapy, individual therapy)
- Residential treatment program external to HUM
If you are considering going ahead with IOP, what does it look like?
The IOP Program
Phase One is Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm for two straight weeks + daily homework + Family & Friends Program which runs Friday evening-Sunday following week 2 (see below for more information). Phase One topics include:
- Intensive psycho-education about manifestations of the disease of Addiction
- Sessions on bio-psycho-social- spiritual dimensions of recovery (includes biological health care, self-talk, dealing with stress, spirituality, goal-setting, and more)
- Relapse prevention and the relapse continuum
- Daily 2 hour group process therapy
- Daily homework on various topics
- Daily introduction to meditation and relaxation techniques
- Relationship between Addiction and mental health (e.g., depression and anxiety)
- Understanding and coping with emotions
- Development of a continuing care plan for between phases and beyond
- Daily activity such as acupuncture, art therapy, yoga, etc. (these vary from phases and between IOP’s, depending on availability)
- Family involvement and education during the Family & Friends Weekend
The Family and Friends Program
Up to two family members or friends (age 18+) are encouraged to attend the family portion of the IOP. The family and friends program runs as follows:
Friday from 3:30-6pm for IOP participants and family members
Saturday from 9-4pm for family members only
Sunday from 1-4pm for IOP participants and family members
- Introduction to Addiction as a primary, chronic brain disease
- Family roles and healthy boundaries
- Holistic recovery
- Communication exercises
- Group process therapy for family members
Phase Two is 3 days, approximately one month after the completion of Phase One.
Phases Two includes a refresher and more in-depth discussion of topics from Phase One as well as:
- Identifying and coping with relapse warning signs
- Characteristics of Addiction is Addiction
- Recovery with substances and beyond
- Personality Typing
- Daily homework
- Meditation and relaxation
- Continuing care
- Daily 2 hour group process therapy
- Daily activity such as acupuncture, music therapy, art therapy, yoga, etc. (these vary from phases and between IOP’s depending on availability)
Phase Three is 3 days, approximately one month after the completion of Phase Two.
Phase Three includes a review and further discussion of topics from Phases One and Two as well as:
- Recovery for life
- Daily 2 hour group process therapy
- Role playing challenges in recovery
- Shame, resiliency, and vulnerability
- Daily homework
- Daily activity such as acupuncture, music therapy, art therapy, yoga, etc. (these vary from phases and between IOP’s depending on availability)
What Happens Before and After IOP?
Outpatient continuing care at HUM
Continuing care (individual and group therapy) is available before, during, and after IOP (see fees page for more detail). We also encourage self-management tools and involvement in community programs, such as 12-Step meetings or SMART Recovery, as part of continuing care.
What are the fees?
Assessment: $400 + $200 deposit
3 Phase IOP and Family Program: $4,500* for registrations until December 15, 2019 for January and March sessions. After December 15, 2019, the investment is $5000*
*Not transferable to other dates
Pre-payment: Is required prior to the start of the IOP and payment in full is due at least 7 days prior to the beginning of Phase One. We accept payment by cash, debit, certified cheques or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). We do not accept personal cheques.
Deposit: We require a $1000 deposit and a signed intensive outpatient agreement form to secure your place in our IOP group. We can accept up to 9 participants per IOP. Please contact the HUM office at 403-536-2480 to learn more or to sign up.
Click here to view our IOP brochure – this can be shared with interested family, friends, colleagues, or employees
What are the counselling services offered at HUM?
At HUM, we begin all of our services with a comprehensive assessment to identify the client’s needs. The assessment helps determine the specific needs of the individual and tailor their treatment plan accordingly.
Once the assessment process is completed, our approach to counselling is through psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is a general term referring to a therapeutic interaction or treatment between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group. The problems addressed vary in nature and degree.
Psychotherapy services at HUM are provided by our integrated health team that includes registered psychologists, registered social workers and physicians. Our psychotherapeutic approach draws from a variety of models and incorporates aspects of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.
Counselling services will be determined based on your needs and can include individual, couples/marriage and group counselling. Individual appointments are 1 hour, couples appointments can be 1 hour (standard) or 1.5 hour (by request) and group therapy is 2 hours per session.
What are the benefits of counselling?
Counselling using a psychotherapeutic approach aims to increase an individual’s sense of his/her own well being. At HUM, we use a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family). Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you.
While counselling might be helpful in numerous situations, there are some conditions in which we would strongly encourage you to seek professional support:
- You are unhappy on most days or feel a sense of hopelessness
- You worry excessively or are constantly on edge
- You are unable to concentrate on your work or other activities
- You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired
- You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight
- You have experienced a loss
- You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs (including cigarettes)
- You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life
- You feel an overall lack of control and that parts of life are unmanageable
- You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else
Integrated Continuing Care Framework
We provide support to employees who are at work but may be having some performance issues, are off work on sick leave or disability or are returning back to work. We provide support in the areas of Addiction, Mental Health and Chronic Pain.
HUM recognizes the importance of the Bio-Psycho-Social and Spiritual dimensions and they are integral of our Integrated Continuing Care Framework
Biological (Physical) – genetic factors, structural and biochemical factors in the function of various systems in the body, such as respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiac, neurological etc.
Psychological – cognitive (thinking) and affective (feeling) factors, which affect perceptions and behaviours.
Social – relationships with others – friends, family and co-workers, entertainment, recreation, support groups, volunteering, work etc.
Spiritual – issues relating to meaning and purpose in life, values, passion, acceptance, serenity, relationship with oneself and the rest of the universe.
INTEGRATED CONTINUING CARE FRAMEWORK
Fitness to work assessment (FTW)
Fitness to work assessment (FTW)
What is meant by “fit to work”?
“Fit to work” or “fitness to work” is a medical assessment done when an employer wishes to be sure an employee can safely do a specific job or task. The purpose is to determine if medically the employee can perform the job or task under the working conditions. Fitness to work assessments are most often done to determine medical fitness after an illness or injury, but are sometimes done after employment has been offered, as requested by the employer, or as a condition of a job transfer.
How is the assessment done?
The employee will be assessed by a psychologist and physician to determine if the person is able to do a particular job. The healthcare provider will report one of three conditions back to the employer:
- unfit, or
- fit, subject to work modifications.
FTW Assessment Services
There are 3 options available at HUM for FTW assessments:
- Psychological FTW assessment + report*
- Medical FTW assessment + report*
- Psychological and Medical FTW assessment + report*
*All types of assessments include an initial meeting with a Registered Nurse where background and demographic information is collected along bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions.
Psychological FTW Assessment
1 hour appointment with a Registered Psychologist + Psychological testing
After meeting with a Registered Nurse where all background and demographic information has been collected, the individual will meet with a Registered Psychologist. During this appointment, the Psychologist will build on the information that was gathered in the first session to further explore current issues and concerns, discuss significant relationships, mental health diagnoses (e.g., depression, anxiety) and chronic pain issues, if applicable. This assessment is holistic and focuses on the individuals’ bio-psycho-social-spiritual health.
In addition to the assessment interview, individuals will complete psychological tests as part of the psychological FTW. Each test will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete and measure areas including: memory, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance use, social support, self-harm, perception of self, and relationships. After this, a thorough report will be compiled for the workplace which includes a fitness to work recommendation and treatment plan. Interpretations of the psychological test results will be included in the FTW report.
Medical FTW Assessment
1 hour appointment with a medical doctor
Prior to this appointment, the medical doctor will review all workplace documentation. During the appointment current issues and concerns will be further explored and addressed. Medications will be reviewed and diagnoses clarified. An individualized treatment plan and recommendations will be outlined, tailored to the clients specific needs in context with the workplace issues for maximizing the individual’s health potential.
Psychological + Medical FTW Assessment
1 hour appointments with a Registered Psychologist, medical doctor, and psychological testing
In this specific type of FTW assessment, the individual will participate in each of the processes outlined above, with the report summarizing the information gained through each appointment and test.
To schedule a FTW assessment or find out more information, please contact us at 403-536-2480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What is hypnotherapy?
There are many misconceptions when it comes to hypnosis. People will often think of stage shows they have seen where people are made to squawk like chickens, pretend they are frogs, and do other silly things for the benefit of the crowd. It appears that people are completely out of control and under the whim of the hypnotherapist. This, in fact, is not true. In hypnotherapy you will hear everything the hypnotherapist is saying and reject any suggestions that do not fit with your morals, beliefs, or desires. The people in the stage show signed up to have fun, agreed to be silly just by being on stage and, therefore, were open to the suggestions given to them. If they had been asked to hurt someone or do something dangerous, they would immediately come out of that relaxed state as their brain rejected these suggestions.
Hypnotherapy is a state of calm relaxation where suggestions can be given to, and accepted by, the subconscious or unconscious mind. It can be used for a variety of conditions, including Addiction, Mental Health, and Chronic Pain, as well as general relaxation and dealing with stress or anxiety.
What does a session look like?
A typical hypnotherapy session will last for one hour. The initial session will include a discussion of hypnosis, the process, as well as your goals. For hypnotherapy to be most effective, one goal is addressed at a time as the mind can get confused if multiple issues are being addressed.
One session of hypnotherapy can provide some relaxation and relief but for the process to be most effective, 3-4 sessions are recommended depending on the issue, plus continued self-hypnosis practice outside of sessions.
How does hypnosis feel?
It feels like a deep state of relaxation, not sleep. Your mind and body will be calm, comfortable, and relaxed and you will be aware of everything happening around you, including the voice and words of the hypnotherapist
What are the benefits?
There can be many benefits to hypnotherapy. It can reduce pain; lessen anxiety, stress, depression; be used to help manage cravings for substances like food, cigarettes, alcohol, or other drugs; be a tool that anyone can use at anytime on their path to health and wellness.
How do I enrol in hypnotherapy sessions?
Hypnotherapy sessions are offered by Ms. Paige Abbott and Ms. Kaylie Rodriguez for all existing HUM clients who have completed the comprehensive assessment. Rates are the same as individual psychotherapy sessions. It is recommended that you participate in at least 3-4 sessions of hypnotherapy for maximal benefit.
Telehealth- Skype & Phone Counselling
HUM are pleased to offer comprehensive assessment and ongoing counselling services via Skype or phone to those who reside more than 80km away from Calgary, AB. This includes Banff, Canmore, Red Deer, and beyond. We also provide these services to non-Alberta residents.
As we strongly believe in the diagnostic and therapeutic value of our initial comprehensive assessment, this would still be the beginning of the therapeutic interaction. If you are in need of our optional physician support, than these services would need to occur in person in order to be covered through Alberta Health Care, or else additional fees would apply.
Rates for the comprehensive assessment and follow-up appointments via Skype and phone are the same as our in-person services. Please have a look at our policies and fees page for more information. If you have a benefits plan through your workplace you may be eligible for reimbursement. Please be advised that we do not do direct billing. We accept credit card payments and e-transfers for payment of Skype and phone services.
Skype and phone sessions are available to any existing clients of HUM who have already completed the comprehensive assessment and are currently residing more than 80km away from Calgary. It is also an option for those going on a holiday or extended stay outside of the immediate Calgary area to maintain consistency in support. Once you return to Calgary, your face-to-face services can resume.
A few additional notes about Skype services at HUM: Please note that if the connection is poor during the scheduled Skype appointment, than the appointment will be switched to telephone.
In order to have a Skype session with our staff, you will need a computer, Skype user account, up-to-date Skype software (which is free), and a webcam. If you do not have access to this, than telephone appointments are available. Please notify our administrative assistants when you are scheduling the appointment that it will be via Skype or telephone.
Marriage and Couples Counselling
Marriage Counselling / Couples Counselling
What is marriage/couples counselling?
Marriage counselling, also called couples counselling/therapy helps couples (married or not) to understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship. Couples counselling gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.
At HUM, we begin all of our services with a comprehensive assessment to identify the client’s needs. If you or your partner has undergone the assessment process, marriage/couples counselling is an option for you as needed.
At HUM we use a psychotherapeutic approach for counselling. Psychotherapy is a general term referring to therapeutic interaction or treatment between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group. The problems addressed vary in nature and degree. Psychotherapy services at HUM are provided by our integrated health team that includes registered psychologists, registered social workers and physicians. Our psychotherapeutic approach draws from a variety of models and incorporates aspects of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.
Marriage counselling is often short term. You may need only a few sessions to help you weather a crisis. Or you may need marriage counselling for several months, particularly if your relationship has greatly deteriorated. As with individual psychotherapy, the schedule of your appointments will be determined based on your needs.
What are the benefits of marriage/couples counselling?
Relationships can be challenging. Each person brings his or her own ideas, values, opinions and personal history into a relationship, and they don’t always match their partner’s. Sometimes specific issues, such as an extramarital affair or loss of sexual attraction, trigger problems in a relationship. Other times, there’s a gradual disintegration of communication and caring.
No matter the cause, distress in a relationship can create undue stress, tension, sadness, worry, fear and other problems. You may hope your relationship troubles just go away on their own. But left to fester, a bad relationship may only worsen and eventually lead to physical or mental health problems, such as depression. A bad relationship can also create problems on the job and affect other family members or even friendships as people feel compelled to take sides.
Here are typical issues that marriage counselling can help you and a spouse or partner cope with:
- Substance abuse
- Physical or mental health conditions
- Same-sex relationship issues
- Cultural clashes
- Blended families
- Communication problems
- Sexual difficulties
- Conflicts about child rearing
- Changing roles, such as retirement
Mental health problems are common and occur in all of us, as everyone occasionally feels sad or blue. These feelings are usually short-lived, pass within a couple of days, and may be directly related to external situations that are troubling you. When someone has moderate to severe depression, it can interfere with daily life and cause pain for both you and those who care about you. If left untreated, depression can impact sleep, eating patterns, motivation, emotions, and come with thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Depression is often associated with regret, guilt, shame and the chemical imbalance that results in the brain related to depression requires depression counselling and may require anti depressants. The earlier that depression counselling can begin in the course of depression, the more effective it is.
At HUM, all of our clients go through a three part comprehensive assessment, which includes a depression screening and depression counselling. We will discuss any family history of depression or other mental disorders, and take a thorough inventory of your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. We will discuss when your symptoms started, how long they have lasted, how severe they are, whether they have occurred before and if so, how they were treated. The team will also ask if you are using alcohol or drugs, and if you are thinking about death or suicide.
Once diagnosed, a person with depression can be treated in several ways. The most common treatments typically include depression counselling with or without medication, depending on the individual. The aim of depression counselling is to allow individuals a safe space to process their emotions and experiences, while learning healthy and effective ways of coping with their symptoms and stressors.