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When we enter into recovery, we start into an immense challenge.


Our actions for the past several months or years have developed deeply engrained habits that will take hard work to break. "You can’t walk 10 miles into the woods and expect to walk 2 miles out”, goes the saying, and that rings especially true for us.

Conscious, consistent effort is required to move toward a better life. It may be easier for some than it is for others, but the process remains the same. We must change our habit of turning to behaviours to soothe our discomfort, one decision at a time.

The process of recovery generally works in phases. Please note that it's never a linear process, and there can be work on multiple phases at one time. Below is a simplified and generalized outline of each phase.


At Black & Gray, we find exactly where you are and go from there. This is done at your pace, with the intensity you choose. We firmly believe that the healing process must be undertaken voluntarily. 

Without willingness, honesty, and open-mindedness, the process of change is virtually impossible. 

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Harm Reduction

We focus entirely on limiting, and the eventual termination of use, covering areas such as:

  • Finding Support Networks

  • Sobriety Sampling

  • Discovering Motivations

  • Education

  • Building Confidence for Abstinence

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We begin to live our lives without the aid of substances or behaviours, focusing intensely on areas such as:

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Triggers & Cravings

  • Mastering the Foundations

  • Emotional Competence

  • Self-Esteem

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Lifestyle Change

Once the acute challenges are manageable, we move into helping you live a life that is designed by you, for you, through:

  • Habits, Structure, & Routine

  • Balance & Intention

  • Relationships, Boundaries, Trust, and Communication

  • Self-Care

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Purpose & Meaning


This phase looks at the bigger picture – the deep sense of purpose and belonging that one needs for long-term recovery. 

Here we spend time on:

  • Core Values

  • Meaningful Work

  • Spirituality

  • Mindfulness & Acceptance

  • Goal Setting

At this point, we focus on maintenance and consistency, ensuring complacency does not become a factor.


We also assist in crisis management, ensuring you are supported through life's tests and challenges.

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