Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enroll in the inpatient healing program?

Isuarsivik’s program is intended for beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) as well as their spouses aged 18 or older who need help with addiction or substance abuse and are committed to healing.

What are the fees to register to Isuarsivik’s healing programs?

The program is provided at no cost. All meals are provided as well as the lodging and the transport to and from home community. Guests must bring money for their personal spending.

Can I register to the inpatient healing program if I’m not a JBNQA beneficiary?

As long as you are a beneficiary of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement  or spouse living in any of the 14 communities of Nunavik, you are eligible for our programs. If you are a  beneficiary or spouse living outside of the region, contact us now to see if we have availabilities at our next gender specific cycle and we can discuss travel arrangements.

What are my options if I want to register to a healing program but I don’t want to leave my spouse and children behind?

Our aging building cannot accommodate spouses and children but the new Centre will answer that challenge. Until 2021, we encourage you keep up and do your best to go through your healing journey and apply to our inpatient recovery program if you can find a reliable person to take care of your children. You can also reach your local clinic for local immediate assistance at all time.

Is ‘become sober for the rest of my life’ the goal of Isuarsivik's inpatient healing program?

Our healing program is adapted to each of our guest’s personal goals and respects their strengths and experiences. Some guests enter to our Centre with this goal in mind, and we support them in their journey to an addiction free lifestyle. However, we also provide all necessary tools for guests who want to better understand their traumatic life events, heal in a safe environment and adopt positive and healthy lifestyle habits.

What is harm reduction in the field of recovery?

Harm reduction is a non-judgmental approach to supporting guests to reduce the impact of alcohol and drugs on their body, work life, family life and social life. It encourages guests to start their healing from where they are in their life and based on their individual goals from safer use, to managed use to abstinence.

What is the need for Isuarsivik to be part of Accreditation Canada?

Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets standards for quality and safety in health care and accredits health care organizations in Canada and around the world. We were first accredited in May 2017 after completing the Primer Survey, which was the first step on our quality improvement journey with Accreditation Canada. Receiving such important accreditation demonstrates that Isuarsivik respects the highest standards in the field of health care services and is a great news for the region and our guests.

When is the new Centre planned to open?

The access road and electricity will be completed by the end of 2019. The construction of the new Centre shall start as soon as the snow has melted in 2020 and extend to the next year. We are all looking forward to the grand opening of the Centre in the fall of 2021.

When will the new services such as the Inpatient Family Program be accessible?

The upgrade of our programs will be accessible as soon as the new Centre is open. The improvement of our services will include more accommodation, a better facility and additional material. Therefore, we are all looking forward to the grand opening of the Centre by the end of 2021.