Men’s Recovery Program
Offering housing, meals, and supports in a sober environment for men battling addictions
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About Men’s Recovery Program
The Mustard Seed provides access to a one-year supportive recovery program. We take a holistic approach to reintegration by including mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects into the program.
This program is specialized for individuals who are committed to successfully reintegrating into society with the goal of independent living and working on themselves to improve employability. Candidates must be looking to be coached and bring a can-do attitude. The program is geared towards those already in the process of sobriety and who have maintained at least five days of sobriety.
Programming includes The Mustard Seed Street School to help residents attain their Grade 12 diploma, employment coaching, mandatory volunteer hours, Interior Health Authority’s Smart Recovery Program, and housing advocacy. There will also be opportunities for spiritual growth with opportunities such as the Alpha Program. Residents are also required to attend weekly one-on-one meetings with coaches, engage in the 12-step program, and volunteer.
The program includes up to one year of supported housing. Residents will share a living space in a 17-bed facility, with advocacy from trained staff who are on-site, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“We’ll be working with residents to make sure they’re following through with their goals and plans. The goal is to make sure they have everything they need to be successful when they leave.”
-- Jeff Arlitt, Recovery Manager.
Jeff Arlitt is a caring and passionate advocate for people struggling with addiction. As the Recovery Manager, he relates and connects to the men that pass through this program on a deeper level because he has also struggled with addiction in the past.
“Working in the Men’s Recovery Program is a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. I love helping as many people as I can, relating my experiences, and having conversations with them about their strengths and dreams.”
Jeff will be working with residents on a one-on-one basis, producing a detailed and personalized program to make sure they have everything they need to be successful when they leave.
“Nothing makes me happier than seeing our guys graduate the program after completing all the courses, programs, seeing the changes in the men and have them make it through a year of sobriety. Graduations are big days for our team!”
How do I apply?
Men can self-register directly or be referred by any social agency in the Thompson-Okanagan region.
How long is the Program?
Residents can stay in the program for up to one year provided that the program requirements are met.
What does it cost?
The Provincial government covers the cost of the program. Residents can also pay for themselves if they wish.
Am I allowed visitors?
Visitations are done outside of the facility for everyone’s confidentiality and comfort.
Is there a curfew?
10 p.m. on weeknights (Sunday – Thursday), 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
What is the approach?
We believe that incorporating all the aspects of health and wellness is critical to successful recovery. Each resident is allowed to tailor the program to their individual preferences, but all individuals must participate in activities that improve their personal, emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health.
Is the facility accessible?
The facility is accessible for wheelchairs or other mobility needs.
How do I get around?
Ride to certain appointments will be provided by staff, depending on availability. Public transit is also located in front of the building.
What if I decide that it is not for me?
Residents can leave whenever they like. There is no minimum residency requirement.
Criteria for our program:
- Minimum of 5 days sober
- Over 19 years of age & male
- Experiencing drug or alcohol addiction
- Funding in place, but not necessary – we will work with you!
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- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Work BC
- Employment training/skills
- Interior Health Smart Recovery Program
- Urban Systems
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Trauma Counselling
- Street School
- Done with Kamloops-Thompson School District 73
- Life skills
- Season’s Health
- Relapse prevention
- Volunteer options
- Advocacy for other local programs
- ASK Wellness
- Legal assistance
- Mental Health
“Growing up in Kamloops, I moved to the Lower Mainland to pursue my career as a chef. I got caught up in the party lifestyle of the restaurant industry and I made some bad choices, as I became an acholic and a drug addict. I moved back to Kamloops in search of a new life – that’s when I got introduced to Jeff Arlitt and The Mustard Seed. They provided me an opportunity to get cleaned up and I took advantage of it. The Men’s Recovery Program offers many programs and courses – whatever you need help with, they can offer it to you. It’s a safe place to live and I feel comfortable here.”
“Once I hit rock bottom, I was done with drugs and wanted to give them up for good. The Men’s Recovery Program provided me with the resources I needed to get me going in the right direction.”
“This program changed my life for the better. I knew about the program just from living in the area and hearing about it. The Men’s Recovery Program got me off the streets, off drugs, allowed me to obtain my high school degree and work part-time, all while having the flexibility to go through all the programs it offers.