Peardonville house is an in-patient treatment centre for women, located in Abbotsford, B.C. It is a special treatment centre, as it is one of only 2 in Canada that allows clients to bring their children to the facility to live with them there. It is government funded, meaning if you are receiving Social Assistance (welfare), it does not cost you any money. I was fortunate enough to attend this treatment centre in 2006. I brought my 1 year old daughter with me. At that time it was a 12 week program (now it is 10 weeks according to their website). The first 3 weeks you are not allowed to make phone calls or have visitors, after that you are allowed to have visitors, or you can also go home for weekends.
The centre provides daycare for the children, M-F from 8:30-3:30. During that time there participants would be taking mandatory classes, doing 1 on 1 counselling, or participating in other structured activities. They also have 12 step meetings in the evenings, on those nights there is child minding available.
The living quarters are comparable to a 3 star motel. My suite was 2 small furnished bedrooms (one for me and one for my daughter) and a bathroom. We were not allowed to go into each others rooms so I'm not 100% sure what the accommodations for non-parents were. I believe it was two girls per suite/room.
The food was pretty good. Everyone went to the dining hall for meals, the food was prepared for us.
There is a gym for working out, there was a lounge area with TV, pool tables, and a small kitchenette so we could have our own coffee etc. on the weekends. Smoking was permitted. (I think it still is).
My overall impression of Peardonville was good. That was my first time in a treatment centre, and I honestly enjoyed my time there. The staff and counsellors were very kind and caring. I got a lot out of the program, but I unfortunately relapsed about 2 months after being released.
Canada Peardonville House
Canadian adult women’s treatment facility
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