A Recovery Home For Women Is Proposed To Be Based In Terrace

Hillary Johnson

The Northern Women's Recovery House Society, based in Terrace, is proposing a recovery home for women transitioning from addiction treatments to an abstinence based facility. The Society is fairly new and is currently fundraising to get the project off the ground and garner non-profit status. Chair of the Society, Valerie Wright, has worked in the field of addiction and mental health her entire career and is hoping to make a difference in our community.

“It is very difficult for women, waiting for a treatment bed and coming back from a treatment center. Not having a supportive environment to be in; it’s very hard when you are in early recovery to stay clean and sober when you are struggling with a place to live that's supportive. There is nowhere in Terrace and actually nowhere in the northwest that is abstinence based.”

Wright described how the house will be run based on needs and various experiences.

“It will be staffed by certified addiction workers, councillors and night attendants. This will be based on Breton House in Sault Ste Marie Ontario. I was on the board in the 80's for a while and that's still working today, still very successful so we feel that we don't have to reinvent the wheel.”

Wright explained the importance of activities and programs that help clients heal and progress in their continued treatments.

“There will be a number of things in the house like group therapy, yoga, art, exercise, those kinds of things. Often the time is spent you know with the addiction.”

The society's goal is to have a 10 to 12 bed facility that could host patients from all over Northwestern B.C.  Their next fundraiser is a garage sale on Tuck Avenue scheduled for Friday starting at 4pm and through the day Saturday.

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