Psychological well being and habit remedy centre set to develop in Moose Jaw

Psychological well being and habit remedy centre set to develop in Moose Jaw

A psychological well being and habit remedy centre situated in Moose Jaw is about to double its beds within the coming months.

Alliance Well being, which runs an in-patient residential centre, opened a 17-bed facility in August.

“We must always have 34 beds within the subsequent two to 3 months,” Dr. Mark Lemstra, CEO of Alliance Well being, mentioned. From there, he hopes to open extra beds in Saskatoon.

Lemstra was impressed to begin the remedy facility as a result of his private life. Two of his brothers died from their very own challenges with psychological well being and habit.

“There have been two totally different brothers and that helped me determine on the main focus of the centre,” Lemstra mentioned.

“My one brother was a stereotypical person who abused medication and alcohol. He was homeless most of his life and he died on the road. It’s onerous to check remedy packages serving to folks instantly after they’re to date down.”

It was a unique story for his second brother.

“My second brother was an engineer, very smart who abused alcohol each evening and finally prescribed drugs. However he was knowledgeable, labored daily and by no means missed a day of labor till the very finish. He simply died one evening.”

It’s the second brother who impressed this particular centre.

“Our remedy centre is at the moment centered on folks which are practical. They’ve issues, however they’re not fully all the way in which out of regular expectations,” he mentioned.

Lemstra mentioned docs, nurses, cops, and lecturers are simply a number of the professions who’ve sought assist.

Sufferers need to pay for his or her 30-day keep on the centre. Lemstra mentioned the associated fee is precisely half of the worth of comparable services within the nation.

“The most cost effective program that we may discover in Canada was $16,645 per 30 days, so we’re charging precisely half,” Lemstra mentioned.

“We’re working it as a breakeven middle.”

Psychological well being and habit remedy centre set to develop in Moose JawThe outside of the remedy centre. (Stefanie Davis / CTV Information)

It’s not solely his private life that fueled inspiration for the mission. Current psychological well being and addictions statistics additionally performed a job.

“The 12 months earlier than the pandemic began, the prevalence of main depressive dysfunction in Canada in accordance with Statistics Canada was 6.7 per cent. Throughout the first 12 months of the pandemic, the prevalence of main depressive dysfunction elevated to fifteen.2 per cent,” he mentioned, including it climbed extra after that.

In terms of addictions, he highlighted numbers over the previous 5 years.

“In Saskatchewan, the variety of drug-related deaths previously 5 years has elevated by over 500 per cent,” he mentioned.

“If any quantity is getting 100 per cent worse per 12 months, yearly for 5 straight years, somebody ought to in all probability do one thing about it.”


Alliance’s remedy centre operates in a novel means in comparison with another comparable services.

“I believe there are two issues which are possibly essentially the most totally different,” Lemstra mentioned.

The primary is named particular person psychology, which Lemstra says focuses extra on a affected person’s current than their previous.

“The second large half is that every one of our periods are one on one,” he mentioned. “I’ve a fear about group remedy that lots of people received’t even go to group remedy as a result of they don’t wish to discuss all of their secrets and techniques in entrance of a gaggle. However even when they do go, I don’t know in the event that they’re going to be fully sincere.”

Lemstra mentioned to date, they’ve seen about half of the sufferers are available in for psychological well being challenges and the opposite half for habit.

CEO of Alliance Well being, Mark Lemstra. (Stefanie Davis / CTV Information)

Sufferers work with a broad vary of well being professionals together with scientific social employees, psychiatrists, household docs, pharmacists and extra.

Positioned close to the Wakamow Valley, the centre additionally focuses strongly on actions in nature or different strategies to make sufferers comfy.

“It’s totally different daily as a result of we actually work to attach with the visitors that now we have. There’s actually no set routine. When individuals are prepared, they’re prepared,” Brenda Zinn, a scientific social employee on the remedy centre, mentioned. “There’s no canned program.”

“We attempt to have interaction them in all totally different ranges that we will. We sit and eat with them, we go for walks with them, we play video games with them. It’s simply actually making an attempt to get to know everyone and their particular person wants.”

Lemstra mentioned the centre began off gradual to make sure employees had been comfy with procedures. Now greater than six months in, they’re able to function at full capability to assist as many individuals as potential.