Canadians Carry Coffins to Protest Rehab Firings | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Canadians Carry Coffins to Protest Rehab Firings

Vancouver's recovery community stages a dramatic protest march against funding cuts.

Image: 

The protesters carried 40 coffins. Photo via

By McCarton Ackerman

12/19/12

| Share

Vancouver residents staged a dramatic protest yesterday over firings at a treatment center serving the city's most at-risk women. After the Rainier Drug and Treatment Centre was forced to lay off eight full-time mental health and addiction workers on staff, over 200 people marched to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark's office on Tuesday—carrying coffins. The 40-bed facility, which houses many women who have failed in other treatment programs, opened in 2009 with $9.5 million from the province and a one-time $5 million donation from Health Canada. But federal funding runs out in January. In order for health care workers to remain on site 24 hours a day, the facility had no choice but to let the eight employees go, according to Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Anna Marie D’Angelo. "There were 50 women that actually completed the program, and it was a high cost, so as far as health care goes and the recovery goes, we’ve taken the most beneficial things—the housing and the healthcare—and we’re transitioning that forward,” she says. The released workers were non-clinical staff who helped facilitate activities like yoga and morning walks, but many feel that they were just as crucial to the recovery process as the clinical staff. "They’re there 24 hours, taking them to appointments, they take them to get groceries, they take them to do all those little tasks, which are not clinical, but it’s what makes it a treatment centre and it’s what makes it so successful,” says Rainier community mental health and addiction worker Lindsay Thompson. “VCH is continuing some of the clinical services, which is at least something, but it’s not enough to make it a treatment centre. They’re cutting all the therapeutic programs.”

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Reflections
 
 
 
 

This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea
 
 
 
 

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu
 
 
 
 

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv