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Alternative Recovery Tools

A Structured Relapse Prevention Program For Opioid and Alcohol Addiction Clients Utilizing Pharmacotherapy

Alternative Recovery Tools (ART) is a program that follows a Structured Relapse Prevention Model. This program was designed for anyone who has used an opioid/opiate whether prescribed or not and is now using a replacement drug (methadone, suboxone or naltrexone) to provide them with the essential support for making a change in their in their lives.

ART uses a strengths based and problem solving approach to encourage client empowerment and to guide clients as they construct change strategies. ART also uses cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to assist clients as they move past problematic ways of thinking and acting, towards more healthy methods of thinking and acting. ART also helps client's change their problem focused thinking towards a solution focused pattern of thinking. ART is a client-centered program that involves collaboration between the therapist and the client. ART also involves the use of motivational interviewing to increase client motivation to change, as well as build client self-efficacy. Clients are guided through the stages of change model utilizing tools appropriate for their stage of change.

ART, like Crossroads: C4PE believes in harm reduction to minimize the harm substance use can have in all areas of a person's life.

ART is a structured program that will work with clients where they are at, to create and reach goals that they help determine, with resources that are readily available to them.



Crossroads : C4PE
1980 Ottawa St, Lower Unit
Phone: 519-252-5456
Fax 519-252-8230

email : crssrods@mnsi.net



The Program

Alternative Recovery Tools follows a 12 week program, with the client coming in for 2 sessions per week (1 hour each). The program begins with an individualized intake assessment and a signed code of conduct. After the assessment, and based on the client's current needs, the program includes these topics:
  • Motivation building
  • Coping with cravings
  • Problem solving
  • Problematic thinking, feeling & acting
  • Relaxation training
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness training
  • Boredom and loss
  • Support systems
  • Dealing with anxiety
  • Relapse prevention

While some members of the program are going to be on prescribed medications (i.e. Methadone, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, etc.) it is expressed in the code of conduct that participants will not be under the influence of non-prescribed drugs or alcohol when they come for therapy.

There are fees associated with this program, however Crossroads is an approved Green Shield service provider for family benefits. We have also been approved by various employers and benefit providers to bill directly. Please inquire if you are eligible.

The ART program is delivered in group therapy format. 

Is the ART Program for You?

We will work with you to empower the discovery that change is possible. Change can also be possible in manners that you define, as you and the therapist work together to create goals to work towards. We will also work with you to provide you with structure in the form of homework assignments aimed at applying what we discuss with you in therapy in your daily life. ART also introduces accountability for change and action as well as working within the boundaries of your. As well assist you to define the strategies that are needed to institute change in your life. The ART program is aimed at providing real, hands on, change. The facilitator/therapist will be there with you every step of the way on your journey toward personal change.

This program may be for you if any of the following conditions apply:
  • You want to make a change in your life regarding your drug/alcohol use
  • You have decided that you are changing your drug/alcohol use and have begun participating in a drug replacement therapy program (methadone, suboxone or naltrexone)
  • You ever attempted to modify your substance use before and need support, education & encouragement to do so.
  • You need help preventing relapse.

If you believe that ART is a good fit for your needs, then please call us to schedule an intake appointment.


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