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An Innovative Approach to Mental Health Recovery

“Our approach in dealing with a mental health struggle is based on 10 modalities of treatment that include: Mentoring – Therapy – Cardio – Studying – Fun/Play – Nature – Nutrition – After Care Support – Healing”

Alive for Wellness is a group of clinical professionals and researchers focused at treating people who wish to overcome their mental health struggles. The Alive team uses advanced behavioral sciences treatment modalities to accomplish their goals. Clinical Director Vic LeBouthillier says: “Our approach in dealing with a mental health struggle is based on 10 modalities of treatment that include:

Mentoring – Therapy – Cardio – Studying – Fun/Play – Nature – Nutrition – After Care Support – Healing Circles – Spirituality

A great need exists for people who are ready to step up to the plate and do the work to overcome a mental health struggle , says Vic LeBouthillier. To date, his team has treated over 1200 clients through:


  • A 3-5-week Inpatient Treatment at Alive Wellness Centre, located in Kelowna, BC, Canada (previously Mable Lake)
  • 2-4 months of After Care, when the client returns home – which includes of a smart phone app providing support and encouraging engagement, as well as telephone contact with counselors and the community of coparticipants.

Vic LeBouthillier says that the longitudinal ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study conducted by the US Centre for Disease Control reveals that North Americans are experiencing a mental health crisis. Furthermore, 1 in 5 people are experiencing a mental health struggle at any time, according to a recent study published by the Canadian Mental Health Commission. But, Lebouthillier adds, knowing this puts us in the strong position of addressing it.

The ACE study gives us empirically-based insights leading to understanding and unraveling much of the mental health epidemic plaguing Western society. The study shows that there are 10 adverse experiences a child can encounter. If the child experiences two or more of these, then during adulthood they will have increased susceptibility to the negative consequences of chronic stress. If ignored, this can eventually lead to a mental health struggles. These mental health struggles can, in turn, lead to substance addiction or suicide.

Since evidence began appearing over a half century ago that there are areas of the brain that are not hard-wired, but rather are characterized by neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain is capable of reorganizing itself has spread from neuroscientists to health care practitioners. Dr Norman Doidge’s research published in his book The Brian That Changes Itself summarizes these findings that the brain is not hard-wired, but capable of change. Vic…

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