30-Day Intensive Program

Dunham House’s clinical care program is built around 4 foundational building blocks:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is widely recognized for its efficiency in treating a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and co-dependent relationships. CBT teaches individuals how to effectively manage their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The thought management component of CBT teaches individuals how to identify and manage their own thoughts that can cause destructive behaviour like self-medication as a means to manage to solve their personal problems and emotional upheaval they are experiencing.
As a resource-based model, Motivational Interviewing (MI) relies on three key concepts: collaboration, recognition, and respect for the individual’s self and personal autonomy. MI relies on a therapeutic relationship between the resident and the counsellor using a non-confrontational approach of realistic and direct communication and discussion. This special and unique therapeutic relationship gives priority to the ideas and life experiences of the resident while respecting their capacity to determine what is best for them as they problem solve. An important component of MI is for residents to learn and to understand their own inner strengths and competencies which they will then use to have better control over their lives.
Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) as described by its title, uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques like “talk therapy”, videos, TED Talks, open discussions and handbooks to discuss and explore ways to identity high-risk situations.  Triggers and recognition of these life challenges are a fundamental part of RPT, and it is used very effectively with individuals who experience challenges with obsessive-compulsive behaviour, depression and substance abuse.
Dunham House is committed to cultivating a therapeutic community for its’ group-based program.  Our residents live with each other in double rooms, eat together and share in all residential activities including household chores.    Our residential community fosters respect of one’s individuality and of one’s differences in a collaborative and support environment of group therapy, group activities as well as self-work.   Our supportive community is guided by our exceptional clinical care team and dedicated residential staff that encourage and demonstrate respect, cooperation and community living.

Intensive Program Topics & Components

Not everyone can afford to leave work or their daily life obligations for a prolonged period of time. However, this does not mean resources aren’t available to help you with your substance use. With this in mind, Dunham House has created an intensive 30-day inpatient treatment program.

  • How to Sabotage Treatment
  • What is Addiction (HBO Series)
  • Stages of Change
  • Stress & Anxiety Management
  • Cognitive Distortions
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Interpersonal Relationships & Boundary Setting
  • Introduction to Recovery Resources
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Structured Group Topics
    • Addictive Personality, Thinking
    • Communication Skills
    • Barriers in Recovery
  • Referral to Local Meetings (SMART, A.A., N.A.)
  • 4 Individual Counselling Sessions

Individual Counselling

Individual Counselling Sessions are held three times per week in our 30 -Day Intensive Program.  Residents meet one-on-one with their assigned counsellor to review their progress and discuss roadblocks and challenges should they occur.  Counsellors are there to oversee the integrity of our therapeutic program, offer individual counselling and can be seen on an as-needed basis should a crisis occur.

Our counselling team, comprised of 5 fully licensed and qualified clinical staff, with over 30 years of professional experience, help our residents find their own personal road map to recovery.

Professional, compassionate and caring, our Dunham House team offers our residents the best chance of success.

Meet Our Counselling Team



Some insurance providers and employers cover or subsidize treatment at Dunham House. Third-Party financing may also be available through banks and other financing services. We have partnered with iFinance Medical to offer you affordable monthly payment options. Applying is quick and easy!


Medicard offers a simple a simple way to afford your stay at Dunham House. The ideal alternative to writing a cheque. Medicard’s patient financing programs ensure that you don’t have to delay your treatment due to cost concerns by offering a variety of financing terms with convenient monthly payments.

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