Program Description

MRTC is owned and operated by the Fraser Health Authority and offers either a 28 or 49 day intensive bed-based treatment program for men experiencing problematic substance use. Please note, this time-frame is flexible and based on individual needs. The program is based on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model and therefore is designed to address the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual needs of each person who enters treatment. Program delivery reflects an evidence-informed service with therapy groups, workshops and educational groups. We are continually making program improvements based on client feedback, the Wellness Wheel and Self Determination Models.

All aspects of the program, from balanced meals and recreational opportunities to education and counselling sessions, provide an excellent context for personal growth. Each man who enters treatment at MRTC joins a safe, therapeutic community in which clients are treated with dignity, respect, caring, and autonomy. In turn, they are expected to treat others within the same respect and dignity, so that everyone may make the most of the opportunities available.

MRTC‘s approach is congruent with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services administration (SAMHSA) (2011) working definition of recovery:

“Recovery is a process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential.”

Principles of Recovery:


  • Person-driven;
  • Occurs via many pathways;
  • Is holistic;
  • Is supported by peers;
  • Is supported through relationships;
  • Is culturally-based and influenced;
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibility;
  • Is based on respect; and
  • Emerges from hope.


Approach: Evidence-Based Practices
MRTC adheres to evidence-based practices that help participants reduce the harm that substance use has caused. Research indicates that, in the long term, a supportive, non-coercive and non-judgmental approach offers the greatest benefits to participants. Counsellors are trained in Motivational Interviewing to elicit participants’ own inner motivations to change, to take responsibility for their choices and develop skills and capacities to effectively change their lifestyle. In addition, the program supports and motivates clients to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle resulting in an improved quality of life for the participant, his family, and the community.