Who can enroll in the program?

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

The program is offered in gender-specific cycles. Individuals must withdraw from alcohol and drugs for a minimum of 72 hours before the beginning of the program. All clients must be mentally and physically able to participate in the program, including the physical and land-based activities.

Clients must be free from any obligations that could impede their full participation to the program (doctor or dentist appointment, court appearances, childcare, etc.). They must identify a local worker who will offer a follow-up and support after the program.

How can I apply?

Clients can be self-referred. Most are referred by the social services, youth protection services, by courts and detention centers as well as employers.

Download the Admission Package 2019 ().

When is the next admission?

What are the fees?

The program is provided at no cost to beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. All meals are provided. Clients must bring money for their personal spending.

Will I be able to keep touch with my family?

Phones calls are allowed every day between 6 to 10 pm. Visits at the center are allowed on Saturdays of the third, fourth and fifth weekends of the program, between 1 to 5 pm. The clients have day passes from 9 am to 9 pm Sunday of the fifth week and Saturday and Sunday of the sixth week. Visits and day passes are subject to the approval of the counselor and are conditional on the full participation to the program.

What should I bring?

  • Toiletries;
  • Sleepwear or pajamas;
  • Indoor and outdoor footwear;
  • Appropriate sets of indoor clothing;
  • Exercise clothing;
  • Appropriate outdoor seasonal wear:
    • summer wear – lighter clothes, sweater, swimsuit, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hats;
    • winter wear – pants, boots, jackets, mitts, hats.
  • Enough prescription medication for the entire program (kept in a locked cabinet);
  • sufficient funds to maintain toiletries (kept in a locked cabinet);

Alcohol, drugs or weapons are strictly forbidden.

Can I attend if I’m not from Quebec?

Beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement are Isuarsivik’s priority, but special arrangements may be made depending on availability.

What can I expect from the program?

  • To be treated with respect and dignity;
  • To have access to quality services that comply with the standards of Accreditation Canada;
  • To be supported in your healing process;
  • To have the right to complain if the services do not meet your expectations.

What is expected of me during the program?

  • To fully participate in the activities of the program;
  • To abstain from bringing and using drugs and alcohol during the program;
  • To adopt a good behavior at all times;
  • To do your assigned chores every day;
  • To respect the house rules (see referral package).

Note to referral workers or probation officers: you are encouraged to contact the client during the program for a follow-up on a weekly basis.