Trauma Program

Concurrent treatment – Operational stress injury and substance

Exclusively for membres des Forces Armées Canadiennes, les Anciens Combattants Canada,
the RCMP and first responders

Our concurrent operational stress injury and dependence treatment program is a 9-week (63-day) intensive program. It is designed exclusively for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, the RCMP and first responders. It addresses trauma- and stress-related disorders, with comorbid symptoms of substance dependence.

This treatment program includes a medical psychiatric component with 24/7 nursing care. It also includes the entire group and individual therapy program for both the trauma and substance dependence aspects.

Participants will learn how to manage their symptoms without the use of drugs, alcohol or compulsive behaviours.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

To JOIN this program, please refer to your care manager.

Do you have an operational stress injury with substance dependence?

Our team is available 24/7. We encourage you to contact us. We will answer your questions confidentially.

1 (888) 488-2611

To JOIN this program, please refer to your care manager.

Program advantages

  • Nursing and medical care 24/7
  • Small group, 8 participants maximum
  • Group for first responders only
  • Homogenous group sharing similar life experiences
  • Collaboration with referring doctors
  • A gradual, phased approach
  • Several individual sessions included and others available upon request
  • Emphasis on first responders’ organizational culture

Admission criteria

  • Phone interview to assess dependence and the chronology of the traumatic events.
  • A stable place of residence.
  • Psychological stability; able to collaborate with the group.
  • No imminent danger of suicide or violent behaviour.

The concurrent program team

  • Dr. Marina Katerelos, Psychologist, Director of the Trauma Program
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Chiasson, Medical Director
  • Therapists with training and experience treating trauma
  • Occupational therapist specializing in trauma and operational stress injury
  • Medical support team including psychiatrists, general practitioners, internists, neuropsychologists, nurses, patient care attendants.

The TRAUMA portion is divided into 3 phases:


  • Understanding your symptoms and your diagnosis;
  • Understanding the relationship between emotions, thoughts and behaviours;
  • Developing tools to learn how to manage and stabilize your symptoms WITHOUT abusing substances.

TRAUMA therapy

  • Exploring how the traumatic experience impacts your self-perception and your perception of others;
  • Targeting behaviours that maintain the problem (avoidance);
  • Reestablishing contact with situations or activities that are currently being avoided.


  • Consolidation of learned skills;
  • Relapse prevention;
  • Generalizing therapeutic gains to your daily context;
  • Planning your return home; anticipating hurdles;
  • Developing an exit plan for you and accompanying you in the spheres of your life after your inpatient stay.
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