Inpatient Individual Program

Overview of our Recovery Program

Isuarsivik’s guests have varied backgrounds and life experiences. Our program and care planning are just as varied and adapted to each individual based on their personal goals, whether they want a plan for abstinence or for harm reduction. We offer Inuit adapted healing tools and techniques to help them recover from past traumas and overcome current addictive tendencies. Areas that will be explored during the 42-day program include:

  • Inuit principles of recovery
  • Family dynamics and violence
  • Trauma and intergenerational trauma
  • Grief
  • Shame and guilt
  • Addiction
  • Anger management
  • Nonviolent communication

At Isuarsivik, we strive to combine traditional knowledge and practices with a modern, evidence-based approach. The program takes place in English and Inuktitut.


A Typical Day in the Program

The evening program includes culture nights (sewing/beading, wood shop, etc.), arts and crafts, gym, dynamic movement classes, Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, shopping, community activities and movies at the Centre.


Our Outings and Cultural Activities

Our Inpatient Individual Program is unique in the Canadian Arctic. An important component of our recovery curriculum is outings and cultural activities. Our men’s and women’s cultural teachers are committed to planning traditional activities on the land for hunting, fishing and berry picking, and in-house for sewing, beading and carpentry. Our group goes out on the land twice a week and they enjoy at least two (2) culture class evenings.


You have been accepted to our program!

The great adventure of recovery is beginning, and we are pleased to start it off with you! Download our Acceptance Package to learn more about the next steps and what the program holds for you. If you have specific questions, contact us at or at 1-866-964-9994.


Testimony of a former guest