Working together to be better

Working together to be better
by Maritime
Categories: 2017, Blog, Events, Uncategorized

Jeff Daugherty and Cory Browner are proof that people can successfully address substance use, lead prosperous lives and contribute to their communities. The two men recently journeyed through the Anchorage Recovery Program’s new Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) model of treatment and are transitioning back into the community.

During a transition ceremony at the Halifax Centre of Hope, Major Vaden Vincent said, “Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives; we consider this a privilege. He added, “We hope you will take the tools you have gained forward to succeed in your restored lives; we’re not moving and will always be here to support you.”

The CRA approach is a client-centred program where participants are expected to take an active role in their development and create an ongoing commitment to their own personal recovery plan. This treatment model helps foster a sense of ownership as clients establish achievable goals for recovery and consistently strive to achieve their desired results.

Paul Surette, Program Supervisor for the Anchorage Recovery Program, encouraged Jeff and Cory saying, “You’ve set the example for the new CRA model and we have learned from you. Everyone here is invested in your future.”

Major Tom Tuppenney, Behavioural Health Consultant for The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters in Toronto shares that many Salvation Army addictions recovery programs across the country have incorporated elements of CRA into their programming. The Halifax Centre of Hope is the first to fully implement CRA as a pilot program. Major Tuppenney recently traveled to Nova Scotia to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and had the privilege of attending the transition ceremony.

To mark Jeff and Cory’s graduation from the program, Paul presented the men with a Project Semicolon pendant. The Project Semicolon social movement is dedicated to raising awareness of the struggle faced by those dealing with mental health issues and drug addiction. He says, “The punctuation mark is used to separate a major statement into two parts. Prior to making the choice to seek recovery treatment you lived a life of substance use, now after completing your program you are living a new life in sobriety. Let this pendant be a reminder and encouragement for the decision you made to leave your past lives of substance abuse behind and embrace lives of sobriety.”

The old is gone, the new has come. These and many other men are taking back their lives.

Leslie Kennedy, Program Addictions counsellor, encouraged Jeff and Cory by saying, “Now the real work begins, where you will have to practise all of the skills you have learned in the program.” She added, “You are beacons of hope to the others here. Each of you were proactive in your recovery, which is inspiring – you’re different people today then you were when you came.”

During the ceremony, Jeff shared, “You gave me the tools I needed to succeed when I was unable to find those tools on my own. I found the structure and routine in the program and through The Salvation Army I can go from surviving to thriving.”

Housing support is another tool offered to men in the Addictions Recovery Program. Housing First case worker, Emily Reid worked with Jeff and Cory and many others to provide support before, during and after their transition back into their communities. This model places people into permanent housing without preconditions, and research shows that this approach helps stabilize those struggling with homelessness, mental illness and addiction while promoting their development.

The Anchorage Recovery Program is a residential abstinence based recovery program, with a maximum participation time of six months, offered at the Halifax Centre of Hope. For more information, visit