Know what to expect as you undergo treatment for various programs at the Camillus Centre.

Clients undergoing treatment at the Camillus Centre can expect to:

  • Be involved in group therapy (not one on one counseling).
  • Participate in all aspects of the program.
  • Receive and give pertinent feedback within the group process.
  • Follow a daily schedule and arrive 5 minutes early to all pre-arranged activities.
  • Express and work on feelings, as treatment at Camillus Centre is an experiential process.
  • Receive exposure to outside 12-Step meetings (A.A., N.A. and/or Alanon).
  • Provide regular and random urine screen samples.
  • Luggage and personal belongings search required at admission , as well as possible future random room and personal belongings searches.
  • Receive orientation sessions highlighting guidelines.
  • Take medications as prescribed.
  • Maintain all aspects of one’s health (i.e. monitoring blood sugar levels, following a special diet if diabetic, etc.).

Unacceptable Behaviours:

  • Arriving at the centre not having met the clean and sober requirements.
  • As per the Human Rights Code, discrimination will not be tolerated.
  • The Oaks Centre has a zero tolerance for violence policy. Threatening, aggressive, intimidating or disruptive behavior will NOT be tolerated.
  • Fraternization (romantic or exclusive relationships) within the therapeutic community.
  • Breaching the confidentiality of others.
  • Entering another client’s room.
  • Using drugs or alcohol on the premises or attempting to abuse prescribed medication(s).
  • Having possession of contraband items—not turned over as per centre policy.

Chemical Dependency (Youth and Adult) / Family and Stage 2 Program Overview:

  • Daily journal entries
  • Step-work assignments (Steps 1 – 5)
  • Morning meditation
  • Art therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Daily exercise and free time
  • Life story
  • Videos and group discussions
  • Outside A.A. meetings
  • In-house aftercare meetings (Thursdays)

Lecture Topics

  • Medical Consultant Topic Series (ie: Smoking Cessation, Anxiety, Depression, etc.)
  • Boundaries and Sexuality
  • How A.A. Works
  • Steps 1 – 4
  • Transition from Treatment to A.A.
  • Feelings, Attitudes and Behaviours
  • Steps and Traditions
  • Shame and Guilt
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Acceptance/Forgiveness
  • The Deadly Deceptive D’s


  • Your program begins on the day of your admission.
  • If you answer openly and honestly, will enable your peers and counselor to get to know you better.
  • We hope that your treatment experience will be a new beginning for recovery in your life.
  • Trust your heart and go with the reason that motivated you to call.


Click for Sample daily schedule for Chemical Dependency and Family Programs.