An Award-Winning Approach to Drug and Alcohol Addiction by Pacifica Treatment Centre

A loved one is battling drug and/or alcohol addiction. It’s a scenario facing hundreds of British Columbians today, including many in the South Asian community. Finding the best treatment is just one of your many struggles.

A loved one is battling drug and/or alcohol addiction. It’s a scenario facing hundreds of British Columbians today, including many in the South Asian community. Finding the best treatment is just one of your many struggles.

One of B.C.’s most respected (and Vancouver’s oldest) treatment centres is Pacifica; it has been saving lives and healing families for over 40 years. Pacifica’s CEO, Alison Silgardo, immigrated from Mumbai in 1988.

“I speak with people every day from all walks of life and backgrounds,” said Silgardo. “Addiction is colour blind and finding the right treatment is terribly difficult. So many of us just don’t know which way to turn.”

Pacifica Treatment Centre has been providing abstinence-based addiction treatment programs to British Columbian adults (age 19+) since 1977. It is the only non-profit, licensed, co-ed treatment centre in Vancouver and one of only three in the province.

“Our 12-week publicly funded residential program includes one-on-one and group counselling as well as a wide range of programs to help clients with their recovery including poetry and writing workshops, art therapy, music therapy, daily exercise and outings, yoga, meditation and mindfulness practice,” said Silgardo. “We also have a privately funded program that begins with an orientation phase followed by four to eight weeks of intensive therapy.”

As a non-profit society, Pacifica puts clients’ needs before profits. The centre offers the highest quality care at up to 20 per cent less than other treatment centres. All counsellors have Masters degrees and a depth of experience working with people in recovery. Clients have private rooms and are provided with fresh, nutritious meals and snacks.

“We’ve helped thousands of people return to their communities and live rich, meaningful lives,” added Silgardo. “I strongly encourage anyone searching for a treatment facility to contact us.”

For more information: www.pacificatreatment.ca

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