Vancouver MLA started new-age rehab program
If the 11 people at the New Hope addiction centre were in a traditional treatment program, they’d be finished by now.
But the men and women at the Prince George-based centre, which opened Dec. 2, are one month in to a three-year program its founder said could be more successful than anything else in Canada.
Vancouver-Burrard MLA Lorne Mayencourt, who started New Hope, said he’s already seen a major transformation in his clients at the live-in centre.
"They look totally different," he said, adding that they’re eating well, exercising daily and even speak differently.
Mayencourt said with this much change in a month, three years will likely be life-changing.
"(They’ll be) responsible, kind, caring people that have balance in their lives," he said. "I really see the tremendous potential in all these people."
Mayencourt said while 28-day programs lay the groundwork for healthy recovery, 85 per cent of graduates use again within a month.
"If I was to say (goodbye) to these people now it wouldn’t take them very long (to regress)," he said. "This proves to me that you can do a lot in 30 days. It also proves to me that you can’t finish it in 30 days."