Treatment Program GreeneStone Muskoka - Heal Recover Grow

Treatment Program

At GreeneStone, we employ a holistic approach to the treatment of residents with the disease of addiction, because we know that no one model works for everyone.


Treatment Program at GreeneStone

By introducing our residents to a wide variety of programs, techniques and treatment modalities, we help our residents find the best solutions to their unique needs. We are not limited to any single evidence-based practice, but our well trained and experienced clinical staff provides a Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach, with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Groups, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), 12-Step Facilitation (TSF), Mindfulness Training, Recreation Therapy, medication assistance as well as individual, family and couples education and support.

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counseling style that is goal-directed and seeks to gently help an individual discover why s/he is ambivalent to change. Dr. Stephen Rollnick and Dr. William R. Miller developed MI in the 1980s, after recognizing the fact that people usually have very mixed feelings about making changes in their lives. Understanding this ambivalence allows individuals the opportunity to overcome obstacles that in the past have inhibited their ability to be successful. MI is used in both group and individual therapy sessions. Most often, MI is used to help battle addictions and to promote behavior change.

DBT-short for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-was developed by Marsha Lineham, Ph.D., at the University of Washington in Seattle. DBT focuses on skills training for both internal and interpersonal processes. Its main goal is to teach the resident skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships with others. At GreeneStone, we use a DBT skills group to assist in role-playing new ways of interacting with people. If appropriate, then we will assist residents in finding a more extensive DBT program beyond Skills Group) in their community, to allow them to continue this work when they return home.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a highly structured, usually short term, psychotherapeutic method used to alter distorted attitudes and problem behavior by identifying and replacing negative inaccurate thoughts and changing the rewards for behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy allows you to, view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.

Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF) is a brief, structured, and manual-driven approach to facilitating early recovery from addiction. TSF is implemented with individuals over 12 to 15 sessions. TSF is based on the behavioral, spiritual, and cognitive principles of 12-step fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). The goal of TSF is to help to identify the problem, define the solution, and design a program of actions necessary to bring about recovery.

We use "Seeking Safety", a treatment program developed by Lisa M. Najavits, PhD at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, to assist our residents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma issues. This helps them find a way to safely ground themselves and cope with fears, while maintaining their focus upon learning how to live in a sober way.

Personal Health Improvement Program (PHIP) is a six-week course of mindfulness training developed at Harvard by Matthew Budd, MD. PHIP is designed to help individuals with chronic illness develop skills to assist them in coping with life changes in a more successful way. Its goal is to decrease suffering, in all forms, both physical and emotional. This evidenced based program has been studied since the early 1980’s and successfully applied to a wide variety of physical and psychiatric illnesses.

Therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities and other conditions to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life. Helping people with addiction find that life can be fun and activities are enjoyable without the use of drugs or alcohol is important in the recovery process. Yoga, meditation, swimming, tennis, music, art, are just some of the activities available which provide an individual with enjoyment and hope for an improved lifestyle when they return to their community.

Medication Assisted Recovery involves assessing and then if needed, providing medication to help the individual cope with the symptoms of withdrawal, to decrease cravings, treat depression, sleep disturbances, pain, etc., in a way the minimizes the risk of relapse and enhances the opportunity for recovery. In addition to medication for stabilization, we offer acupuncture and massage to help with the stabilization process and to assist those who have chronic pain.

GreeneStone Muskoka Weekly Schedule

GreeneStone Muskoka Weekly Schedule

Download The GreeneStone Weekly Schedule

Medication times:
Morning meds: 7:15-9:00am
Please ensure you are on time for your medication due to the importance of time 
Lunch meds: 11:30am-1:00pm
specific release of certain medications.
Dinner meds: 5:00-6:30pm
Bedtime meds: 9:00-10:00pm

Self- help meeting times and locations:
Monday: AA meeting in Bala. Taxi pick up at nurses station at 7:30pm.
Tuesday: Bi-monthly NA meeting on site in OJ room at 8:00pm.
Tuesday: AA meeting 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month in OJ room at 8:00pm.
Wednesday: NA meeting in Gravenhurst. Taxi pick up at nurses station at 7:00pm.
Thursday: AA meeting on site in OJ room beginning at 8:00pm.
Friday: AA meeting in Port Carling. Taxi pick up at nurses station at 7:15pm.
2nd Sunday of each month Cocaine Anonymous is on site for meeting in OJ room at 7:00pm.

NOTE: Yoga room is located in the fitness centre on property.
One to One's are with primary therapist and they will inform you of meeting location.