For Referring Professionals

ADAPT accepts self-referrals for most of its programs. In fact, we encourage the client to call themselves so they can ask any questions and be comfortable that ADAPT will meet their needs. Programs that require a referral form can be found below:
A Model for Recovery
There are a wide range of philosophies of addiction and models of recovery. At ADAPT, we view recovery is a process of regaining health, in the broadest sense of the term. It involves regaining physical, mental and emotional health, building self-esteem, enhancing or developing skills for healthy living and finding a meaningful place in the broader community. The ultimate goal of recovery is to live a healthily life, free of mood altering chemicals and/or problem gambling. The central beliefs that underpin this view of recovery are:
  • People can and do regain their health.
  • People can recover from substance abuse/problem gambling and learn new ways of living in the world.
  • Recovery is a learning process that involves, healing, personal growth, development, support and the acquisition of new skills.
Health: The Foundation
In recovery, one needs to view their health from a number of perspectives. This includes, physical, intellectual, emotionally, spiritually, social and cultural. Health should be seen in this total concept. To effectively change, an individual needs to draw on all of these elements.

Determinants of Substance Abuse
The abuse of substances and/or gambling should be viewed as a complex issue. To 'recover' one must understand that stopping the abuse is the significant first step, but it is not the last. Learning more effective ways to think, interrelate, cope with feelings and lead ones daily life are all important foundations for stable, long-term health.

ADAPT’s Philosophy of Recovery
Addictions are viewed as complex disorders with multiple contributing factors. Many clients, however, have medical problems that require medical and psychiatric care. This is important to note, as there is no one 'cure' for addiction. For individuals in recovery to be successful, they must change many aspects of their lives. ADAPT adopts a client-centered approach to treatment, which allows each individual to develop a recovery plan specific to their needs and challenges.

Individual Planning In Recovery
Each client has individual needs that are shaped by their state of physical and emotional health, gender, culture, environment, motivation and their personal beliefs about addiction. A person's treatments should be based upon their unique history and needs. Central to this approach are three beliefs:
  • There is no 'one approach to treatment', because each client is unique and has unique needs.
  • Clients must have a role in shaping their treatment plan and recovery process.
  • How clients view their drug, alcohol and gambling problems is central to the
Personal Empowerment
Clients can take responsibility for their health and their lives. The role of staff and volunteers is to facilitate a process of personal empowerment by introducing and encouraging healthful, informed choices and by providing feedback to clients. The central beliefs that underpin this approach to working with clients are:
  • People are capable of change and growth.
  • People are capable of assuming responsibility for regaining their health.
  • Staff and volunteers are "facilitators", not "experts", who work with clients to achieve their goals.
Role of the Community in Recovery
Community contains a person's family, workplace, peers, culture and leisure activities. These all play a significant role in recovery. The experience of a healthy community is central to healing and regaining health.

Relapse Prevention
An individual in recovery must learn healthy coping skills to replace dependence on alcohol, drugs or gambling. However, learning and maintaining new ways of thinking, coping and living take time and practice. Old, unhealthy patterns of behaviour can re-occur at any time, so ongoing “maintenance” or “relapse prevention” work is foundational in avoiding returns to previous, unhealthy patterns and choices. ADAPT believes that groups, supported by volunteers who are in this maintenance phase are key supports to those working towards a similar goal.
ADAPT strives to deliver a full continuum of addiction and mental health services that will support clients with a wide range of presenting concerns, beliefs and backgrounds. A “client-centered” approach provides each client with a plan of care that is unique to their individual needs. As well as being client-centered, services need to be holistic and to cover the full continuum of recovery, from contemplation through maintenance.
One of the foundations of providing services that support change, build new skills, enhance esteem and provide hope, is to utilize those in more stable and advances stages of recovery as volunteers.
Referral Forms:
Day Treatment Referral Package
CWMS Referral Form 
ASH Referral Form
TAY Outreach Referral Form
Opioid Outreach & Treatment Referral Form 

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