Recovery On Purpose
Recovery On Purpose is a multi-faceted service provider delivering evidence-based therapy for sex addiction and substance abuse to the Edmonton and surrounding areas. We promote therapeutic interventions which are brain, heart, culture, and faith friendly. Recovery On Purpose adheres to the College of Alberta Guidelines for Psychological Practice in Alberta and Best Practice for services provided in Addictions Psychology. Services offered may include individual or group interventions, Skype, Facetime, or consultation.
How We Define Addiction
We define addiction as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviours. Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioural control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one's behaviours and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death. (ASAM, 2013)
CSAT Trained Therapist
An IITAP trained therapist with the designation CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) is a professional holding a minimum of a Master's degree from a recognized institution. He or she has completed 176 hours of in-class instruction provided by IITAP accredited faculty. The CSAT has also acquired the capacity to utilize the numerous performables (activities associated with the 30 tasks) with the client. The performables are unique activities developed by faculty staff and numerous successful men and women in recovery. Performables are the therapeutic devices which, when practiced diligently, assure the greatest traction along with the momentum of early recovery. Therapeutic traction reduces the risk of losing control on the slippery recovery road which we must all navigate.
CMAT Trained Therapist
An IITAP trained therapist with the designation CMAT (Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist) is a professional holding a minimum of a Master's degree from a recognized institution and having completed 21 hours of specialized instruction from IITAP accredited faculty on substance abuse and the neurochemistry of chemical addiction. The CMAT has acquired the ability to identify the unique role of addiction interaction between substance and process (gambling, shoplifting, sex addiction).
Trauma Work in Therapy
Developmental trauma intervention becomes a significant component of the therapeutic work.
Courtois and Ford (2009) define complex psychological trauma as involving traumatic stressors that:
1. are repetitive or prolonged
2. involve direct harm and/or neglect and abandonment by caregivers or ostensibly responsible
3. occur at developmentally vulnerable times in the victim's life such as early childhood
4. have great potential to severely compromise a child's development
Trauma may not only contribute to disorders of attachment but also to the development of disorders of reality in individuals predisposed to them.
How We Work
Therapeutic Interventions are activities based upon psychological knowledge skills, intuition & discernment, and judgement. Interventions are used to promote, restore, sustain, and/ or enhance positive functioning and wholeness in clients through preventive, developmental and/ or remedial services (College of Alberta Psychologists, 2004).
General Assessments are used to facilitate an inquiry into the psychological functioning of a person or persons in order to promote understanding of strengths, weaknesses, and competencies. General assessments typically inform a practical action plan between the therapist and the client. Several of the assessments available to enhance the therapeutic alliance include:
- Deficits of aging and sub-cortical dementias
- Disorders of attention (ADD, ADHD, ADID) Cat-A
- Sexual hyperactivity disorders (addiction, compulsion, habits) SAST-R, SDI 4.0
- Mood & anxiety disorders (MDQ, PHQ-9)
- Trauma (simple and complex) PTSI-R, TSI
Courtois, C.A., & Ford, J.D. (Eds.). (2009). Treating complex post-traumatic stress disorders. New York: Guilford
Where to Find Us
We are located above the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line at Corona station and are fully wheelchair accessible from the LRT or street level. Free parking is available at street level after 6:00PM weeknights. Numerous paid parking lots are also available to accommodate your appointment times (see map below for locations).
First Edmonton Place
#900 10665 - Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 3S9
PH: 780 686-7018
By appointment only.
Monday to Friday: 5 PM - 9 PM
Saturday: 12 noon - 4 PM