SERVICES

The Fraser Recovery Program (FRP) provides the following services to raise awareness and help youth in need recognize their addiction problems and cease their substance abuse.

Prevention and Awareness
The use of drugs and alcohol by youth is ever increasing, and so the FRP continues to play an active role in addiction prevention by speaking to both high school and elementary school students to raise their awareness about the dangers associated with drug and alcohol consumption. Upon request, the Program's resource people are available to intervene with at-risk students in the local schools.

The resource people of the Program also offer their services on a voluntary basis to the Drug and Alcohol Multidisciplinary Intervention Team of the Central Quebec School Board. This team meets on a regular basis in the schools with students who have been caught in possession of and/or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol to educate and sensitize them to the dangers of their consumption.

Twice-weekly meetings
A fundamental component of the FRP is the regular group support meetings provided for youth who have recognized that they have a problem with substance abuse and have a desire to abstain. At the twice-weekly meetings held in Quebec City at the FRP facility, participants are encouraged to talk about their problems and receive help and support from trained professionals and their peers. Literature dealing with a variety of related subjects ranging from addiction to health and diet is also made available to them, so that they may be successful in recovery.

Individual counselling
Individual counselling sessions are available with our professionals to help members deal with personal issues.

24-hour help line
Each of the professionals employed by the Program is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure that members have access to them whenever they may need support.

Parent meetings
Parents, although well-intentioned, often exacerbate their children's drug and alcohol problems, rather than promote recovery. We offer regular parental support meetings to inform and educate parents about the realities of addiction and recovery and to offer strategies on how to best intervene and deal with their recovering teenagers. These meetings lead to more harmonious parent-child relationships and the re-establishment of a healthy home environment.

AA/NA accompaniment
To introduce the young member of the Program to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), the personnel of the Program are available to accompany them to local AA or NA meetings.

Study hall
For a young person who is actively consuming drugs and alcohol, doing well in school is usually not a priority. Consequently, an evening study hall is held to help the newer members improve their academic performance. The study hall is supervised and volunteer tutors are available to help clients having academic difficulties.

The Camp
CampThose who have attended the twice-weekly meetings and are committed to recovery are invited to spend time at a secluded camp where professionals are in position to counsel, encourage and educate.

Situated south of La Tuque, Quebec, at Lac Gros-Bois, just two and a half hours from Quebec City, the Camp has a capacity of 20 people. It is a safe haven, away from the temptations and stresses of the city, where they can learn how to have fun without consuming mind-altering substances, as well as good work ethics, discipline, and accepting responsibilities. The activities at the Camp are structured to help the young person start a normal, healthy new routine in life. These activities, animated by experienced personnel, include individual counselling, group therapy, and group discussions.

lakeA healthy diet is a very important element in recovery. At the Camp, each day always begins with a full breakfast. The day is filled with individual or group activities, and ends with a hearty dinner followed by a support group meeting.

The temporary change of environment is very important; however, what the youth do upon their return to the city is just as important. The adolescents are encouraged to practice what they have learned at the Camp – for example, helping to clean up after supper – and to continue attending the twice-weekly meetings.

Scholarships
For those youth who remain committed to their recovery and have decided to further their education, three funds were established:

  • Frank Langlois Bursary Fund – Frank was one of the first clients of the FRP. After 3 years of sobriety, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which he fought for 10 years. Despite all of his pain and suffering, he managed to stay sober throughout his ordeal and passed away with 13 years of sobriety. He loved the Program and the Camp and always encouraged others to further their education.
  • Sister Paule Cantin Education Fund – Sister Paule, a native of Quebec City, was a member of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax. She spent numerous years teaching in local schools in Quebec City. In 2006, she became a beloved FRP volunteer, where she shared words of wisdom with the youth and offered guidance.
  • Hazel Breakey Bursary Fund – Hazel was an adamant supporter of the FRP. She was a board member for 10 years and opened her home for the group support meetings for over 6 years. She had the utmost respect for all the youth in the FRP who were working to better themselves.