Phase 1: Incentive

Goal – To help Participants identify their personal rationale for getting and staying clean and sober.


The Participant must first have a commitment to the Healing and Recovery process that is a journey of self-discovery.

Assessing Participants’ motivation for change is important.  Assessment in this area includes:

  • Readiness for change
  • Confidence for change
  • Stage of change
  • Prior success with change
  • Goal setting


The first stage of this response requires a comprehensive assessment to determine the entire range of strengths, needs, and problems presented by the Participant.  For this reason, the interview process will encourage the Participant to provide as much information about not only the physical symptoms, but also how the misuse has affected the Participant.

The initial screening consists of:

  •  Observation for mood, behaviour, and emotion status
  • Interview and misuse evaluation to gather information and access Participant’s response and reaction to:
  • Family background
  • Social history
  • Cultural history
  • Spiritual/religious background
  • Legal history
  • Medical history
  • Mental health and alcohol and drug misuse history
  • Education and/or employment history
  • Suicide screening


We use a Participant-centred approach, which involves open-ended questions designed for the Participant to do much of the talking.  The Participant is also better involved in the Healing and Recovery Journey process, and it includes steps to deal effectively with the illness as well as the disease.

We also work with the Participants to understand that hope is a target for the future and a desired and necessary outcome to their Healing and Recovery Journey.

The Healing and Recovery pathway will focus on the Participant’s desire to lead an active fulfilling life valuing VHYTC employees who instill hope, encourage efforts, and provide opportunities to purse life goals.

In this phase, Participants go through a series of modular learning and Healing and Recovery activities designed to determine their primary motivation and incentive to get clean and sober.  We help Participants look at their alcohol and drug misuse history, negative consequences, positive reinforcement, and other factors that influence their decisions to misuse alcohol drugs.

This phase is designed to help Participants stop and think about the possibilities of their future, with and without substances.  At the end of this phase, Participants have a clear and specific concept of why they want to get clean and sober and what the consequences are if they continue to use.

This phase includes activities [Modular Learning, Movies, and Other Activities]

  •  Academic learning [assessment of reading and math skills, if not currently involved in formal education or current school assignments if involved in school]
  • Self-Esteem [Modular Learning]
  • “The Secret” [Movie and Modular Learning]
  • 10 Short Term Effects of Alcohol and Drugs
  • Timelines [Modular Learning]
  • Process of Change [Modular Learning]
  • “Spin the Bottle” [Movie and Modular Learning]
  • “Thru a Blue Lens” [Movie and Modular Learning]
  • Present Timelines and Burn Timeline –Construct a time Line and Present [Modular Learning]
  • Physical Recreation Activities [Internal or External]
  • Cultural Activities [Internal or External]
  • AA Meeting [External]
  • NA Meeting [Internal]


Possible Outcomes


  •  Reduced confusion and guilt
  • Explain behaviours
  • Clarifies harmful effects of alcohol and drug issues
  • Gives hope/realistic perspective for the Participant and family
  • Provides a road map for Healing and Recovery
  • Developing a relaxing bedtime routine
  • Learn to eat nutritious meals
  • Begin the process of creating an individual Healing and Recovery plan goals
  • Visual pictures of what has been involved in their lives

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