The Booth Center offers two programs for men with problems of substance abuse: a therapy (Ancrage) and social reintegration program (Delta).

Ancrage - Therapy
For admissions: 514 214-6232

Ancrage is a 4-month program for men 18 years or older who will move on to the Delta program and of 6 months for those who do not. It provide a private room, three cooked meals a day and a supportive community organized around a schedule, group activities, tasks, written reflections and follow-up meetings with a counselor.

The general objective is to stay sober while in the program as well as to learn effective solutions to life’s problems that replace the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

The clinical approach is cognitive and behavioral. The participant is therefore led to reflect on the thoughts and situations that trigger in him a desire to consume, as well as the short and long-term consequences of this choice. He strives to change his perceptions and reactions in ways that provide him with greater satisfaction, as well as healthier relationships.

Complementary approaches, such as support groups, the Twelve Steps program or community reinforcement may also be offered.

The specific objectives of the program are:

Phase I: Stabilization and integration (first 21 to 30 days)

•  Physical recovery
•  Accepting the rules
•  Group integration
•  Deciding to get involved

Phase II: Treatment and learning (until the end of the 4th month)

• Improving self-control and handling emotions
• Developing social skills
• Establishing or expanding a healthy social network
• Learning to solve problems
• Boosting self-esteem
• Developing a sense of responsibility

Phase III: Pre-reintegration (5th and 6th month, if the participant does not move on to Delta)

•  Time management
•  Developing a life plan
•  Integrating external communities (work, studies, leisure, networks)
•  Consolidating learning

Admission criteria specific to the Ancrage program:

• For adult men, over 18 years of age, who consume alcohol or drugs to an extent that interferes with employment, health, interpersonal relationships, psychological well-being or legal status.
• Express a need for help and a desire to change.
• Understand and speak French
• Accept to stay sober and to follow the program rules while staying at the Booth Center.
• Are physically and psychologically fit to participate in the program.
• Are not on an opioid substitution treatment.
• Have completed a drug withdrawal protocol, if necessary.

Le Delta – Social reintegration
For admissions: 514 214-6232

The Delta can last from 3 months to 18 months and is intended for adult men who have completed the Ancrage program or have recently completed another therapy of at least 3 months. Although they have successfully ceased their substance abuse in a controlled environment, they risk facing difficulties in reintegrating society – the job market, places of socialization, a study program, housing, etc. -- without structure or support.

The Delta therefore offers a flexible structure and schedule of activities to allow participants to take steps to integrate into the surrounding community, while maintaining the support of a group of peers, as well as that of a counselor.

Group activities, intervention plans, individual actions as well as one-on-one meetings with a counselor will focus on the following objectives:

• Learning to cook and shop for groceries.
• Managing and respecting a personal budget.
• Building a healthy social and leisure network outside of the Booth Center.
• Increased familiarity and use of surrounding resources to meet basic needs (furniture, clothing, etc.).
• Returning to school.
• Re-entering the labor market or volunteering.
• Adopting and maintaining personal hygiene and a clean environment.
• Restoring ties with loved ones.
• Finding and preparing a move to stable housing.

The clinical approach is the same as that of Ancrage, but applied to situations more specific to social reintegration.

The participant must attend two group meetings and one individual meeting per week, accomplish tasks outside the Centre, report on them and discuss them with his counselor. He must also maintain sobriety during his stay.

The admission criteria specific to the Delta program:

• For adult men, age 18 and over, who have recently completed a substance abuse therapy of at least 3 months and remained sober since.
• Agree to maintain sobriety for the duration of the program.
• Express a need for help with social reintegration.
• Understand and speak French
• Are not on an opioid substitution treatment.

The cost of the two programs:

• $ 700 per month (Subject to an annual increase linked to inflation).
• Welfare recipients are entitled to a special benefit and program fees are paid by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity. In return, his welfare cheque will be reduced by $ 260 per month. (Subject to an annual increase linked to inflation.)

The Ancrage and Delta substance abuse programs are certified by the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) of Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CCSMTL).

At The Salvation Army Booth Centre, certification applies only to the substance abuse programs.

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The Salvation Army’s Booth Center
880 Guy St., Montreal (Quebec) H3J 1T4

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Update: December, 2020