Centre shows promise

<p>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...</p>

 

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."




jeff.hodson@metronews.ca



















Italian inspiration




  • New Hope was patterned after the San Patrignano program in Italy, which has a 72-per-cent sobriety rate a month after clients graduate.


 
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