St Michael's Homes

Our Care Continuum

The journey of recovery from problematic substance use or dependence is rarely simple and straightforward.

Every individual’s story, every individual’s needs, and every journey of recovery is unique.

To ensure the best possible outcomes, caring for those experiencing problems associated with substance use or dependence, therefore, requires a variety of approaches and techniques, including those that help individuals living with trauma and concurrent mental illness.

At the same time, the social aspects of anyone’s journey are critical for weaving together the threads of recovery. The communal environment of a residential program provides a safe place for the reclaiming of personal responsibility and self-direction that people need to take their place in their homes, families, places of work, and society at large.

St. Michael’s Homes is committed to working with men aged 19 and older through our care continuum: a range of integrated programs and services that can be accessed with a view to the longer client journey to recovery. Every part of our services, from individual counselling through group programming to food and facilities is designed to serve our clients in ways that recognize that a multiplicity of client journeys requires a variety of supports.

To that end, St. Michael’s Homes’ Care Continuum is based on the following commitments:

  1. clients can enter our care continuum at the point that matches their needs
  2. we use a continuous-intake model to minimize waiting
  3. transitions within our programs are smooth and flexible
  4. case management and therapeutic programming are client-driven
  5. situational abstinence is a requirement for participation in our residential programs, but our focus is on providing a supportive response to relapse.

The development of a Care Continuum for St. Michael’s Homes is not simply a new organizational structure or operational model, but the development of a philosophy of service that seeks to embody the best of our history of compassion with the strength of evidence-based care.