Evidence-Based Methods

Our program hinges around the 12-Step Minnesota Model, a therapeutic model that involves a thorough and ongoing client assessment and multiple therapeutic approaches, delivered by a team of counsellors, coaches, psychologists and nurses. The primary goals are lifetime abstinence from alcohol and drugs, and achieving a fulfilling future.

We use evidence-based methods derived from established psychological principles. These include:

Group therapy

Group therapy or ‘Group’ is a highly effective evidence-based methods form of psychotherapy which allows people in drug or alcohol recovery to share their stories and reflect on the stories of others. It is a supportive environment that allows you to explore new ways of thinking in a safe environment, reduce feelings of isolation, learn and grow.

Individual therapy

Individual therapy consists of one-on-one therapy sessions with a formally trained and highly experienced rehabilitation therapist. It allows you to work on overcoming challenges to wellness which might be too uncomfortable to share in a group setting, and address the complex psychological issues associated with addiction.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a proven method of changing the way you think and behave in certain situations. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, emotions and actions are intertwined, and is a powerful and positive tool when it comes to breaking a vicious cycle of substance abuse. CBT is about finding practical ways to improve your life on a daily basis.

Narrative therapy

Narrative therapy is a non-pathologising method of therapy that attempts to give you some distance from your issues and create perspective through the expression of personal stories. This kind of therapy encourages objectivity within the context of your wider society, politics and culture.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is both goal-oriented and client-centric. Through MI, clients learn ways of avoiding high-risk behaviours and resolving conflicting reactions or beliefs. It also increases the likelihood of a person staying longer in a drug and alcohol rehab program  –a strong indicator of eventual success.


Mindfulness is based on ancient meditation traditions, and is designed to help you deal with life’s challenges by increasing your awareness of the present moment while acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic tool which encourages an acceptance of what is out of your personal control, and focuses on what you can actually do to improve your life. It teaches you how to effectively deal with painful thoughts and feelings, and helps you pinpoint what is truly important to you.


Meditation, also part of evidence-based methods, is a mental exercise in which a person focuses on breathing, an object or a sound, in order to increase awareness of the present and bring about spiritual growth.