Georgianwood Program for Concurrent Disorders

Georgianwood Program for Concurrent Disorders

Georgianwood Program Welcome Guide
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The Georgianwood Program for Concurrent Disorders serves people living with substance use and mental health problems. This program offers both an inpatient program and a virtual program for people experiencing both a mental health problem and substance use problem at the same time, which together are called concurrent disorders. 

The Georgianwood Program provides specialized, evidence-based services to help clients optimize health and well-being. We will work with each client to understand their goals and determine the best treatment and supports to achieve those goals. 

Georgianwood Inpatient Program

The Georgianwood inpatient program is a group-based, 12-week residential treatment program that provides care to patients experiencing both a mental health problem and substance use problem at the same time (concurrent disorders.) It is the only specialty integrated residential concurrent disorders program in our region. As of May 2022, there will be 15 inpatient beds available on the Georgianwood Inpatient Program. 

Based on best practice, the program has a fully integrated curriculum that treats the addiction
and the mental illness at the same time by the
same team in a cohesive way. Treatment includes:
  • cognitive behavioural therapy for major depression and anxiety disorders
  • skills training for major mental illnesses, 
    such as schizophrenia
  • Seeking Safety for concurrent post-traumatic stress disorder
  • relapse prevention
  • motivational interviewing and self-help 
    group facilitation (e.g. AA, NA).
A graduated schedule of passes is used in the Georgianwood Program to allow you to visit your home community on weekends, allowing first-hand exposure to triggers and risk factors that might interfere with your recovery. Each Monday, these
risk factors are identified and discussed and you will work with your care team to develop skills and strategies to deal with them. 

Admission to the program is voluntary. You are required to detox for a minimum of 72 hours prior to admission and come free from serious physical/medical complications and without pending legal charges. If you are having difficulty with this, please contact us for advice prior to coming.



Georgianwood Virtual Program

The Georgianwood Virtual Program is a 100% virtual / remote program that offers evidence-based treatments to individuals who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of mental illness and substance use.

The program consists of a multidisciplinary team who provide low-intensity concurrent disorders treatment to individuals living in the community. It is designed for individuals with: 

  • Mild to moderate mood or anxiety disorders
  • Mild to moderate substance use disorder
  • Motivation for change
  • The ability to commit to up to 3 hours a week for treatment
  • The physical/private space to participate
  • Some form of technology to access services (phone or ideally computer with internet access)
The Georgianwood Virtual Program allows clients the opportunity to access specialized services from their home, while still being able to maintain their everyday commitments.

The program takes a phased approach that has been designed to meet the needs of the client. The phased approach will allow clients the opportunity to access between 6 and 18 weeks of specialized treatment, depending on their current needs.

Clients accepted into this program will have the opportunity of having up to 3 therapeutic sessions with skilled clinicians each week. Individuals accepted into the virtual program may have access to:

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy skills (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoeducation about concurrent disorders
  • SMART Recovery
  • Relapse Prevention Skills Training and Addiction Recovery Skills
  • Aftercare
  • Psychiatric Consultation