Essential information for families who choose AARC

Treatment is available to all young people

AARC’s program does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation, faith or disability. Clients come to us from anywhere in Canada, or the USA. AARC especially welcomes First Nations youth who may feel excluded from other treatment programs.

The only restriction AARC places on its clients is that they must be between the ages of 12 and 21, and has the full support of family or a sponsor family. This is purely for the protection of minors during a vulnerable period of their lives.

Family treatment is mandatory

At AARC, we believe that substance dependency is a disease that hurts a whole family, not just the addicted client. It follows that we believe the entire family must be treated together.

The family of a prospective client — siblings, as well as parents and guardians — should be fully committed to the recovery of their loved one.

AARC has seen the important role of family support in successful treatment outcomes, and as a result, AARC requires family involvement for admission. Our services are designed to support the youth and close family members in the redefinition of relationships, through honest communication brought about by AARC s exceptional blend of treatment modalities: the 12- steps, the Disease Model and Family Systems Theory.

What form of behaviour management is employed at AARC?

All restraint and behavior monitoring is in accordance with the standards established by the Canadian Accreditation Council. At AARC, acceptable restraint would be stopping a fight, or an act of self-endangerment, or moving a client into another room and closing the door to verbally de-escalate an individual. There is absolutely no chemical restraint (in the form of sedatives or tranquilizers), and there is no mechanical restraint, meaning cuffs or belts. AARC clients are not locked in rooms at any time.

However, AARC does use alarms in Recovery Homes to keep clients safe and secure. Sound recording equipment or monitoring are not permitted in the Recovery Home.

Contact alarm sensors are used in the Recovery Homes on both the Recovery Home bedroom door, all exits and entrances of the home, and any windows for the purposes of monitoring the movement of clients.

Because of the risk of clients leaving the premises, the contact alarm sensors are required to be fully operational during the evening hours. Consent for “monitoring” in the Recovery Homes is gathered at intake and done so in a manner where the client or their guardian is fully informed of the nature of the alarms used in the home. This consent is maintained on the client file.

Information gathered by the “monitoring” (alarm) systems will not be recorded nor maintained by the organization.