man in blue jacket by canoeAbstinence
The first principle of the VisionQuest Program is abstinence. This principle is enforced with removal from the program for its breach. Drug testing within the program is random and frequent. Clients consent to such testing prior to admission. Abstinence is required by the By-laws of the Society and, as such, is a legal and non-negotiable requirement of our program. We are morally, philosophically and legally committed to remaining outside of the methadone maintenance program (otherwise know as harm-reduction). We are daily reminded of, and accept, the financial cost of this principle.

The second principle is responsibility. Putting this principle into practice means that clients participate in activities to give back to the community. An example of responsibility in action is the distribution of food from sponsors of VisionQuest to senior citizen facilities and to the Food Bank. These activities teach that the clients are responsible – to themselves, to their community and to VisionQuest.

Structure and Discipline
The third principle reflects structure and discipline. This means that clients need to learn, or re-learn, the need for consistency and purpose in their daily lives. The following schedule is adhered to by all clients. Exceptions, of course, are made for medical, legal and emergent exigencies.

VisionQuest recognizes that the foregoing are mere words. VisionQuest Recovery has, over the past years, demonstrated that these principles are practised in all our affairs.

The House Rules can be viewed here.

VisionQuest Policy and House Rules

The following guideline is the policy set by VisionQuest along with rules that must be adhered to by all VisionQuest house residents:

1. Abstinence:

* Complete abstinence from all mood altering substances is mandatory.

* Caffeine and Nicotine are allowed.

* Clients must submit to random drug testing. Failure to do so will result in eviction.

* A positive test may result in a $25.00 charge.

2. Smoking:

* There is no smoking in the buildings. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only. Cigarettes butts must be put in

a container.

3. Restrictions:

* For the first 3 months of your stay with VisionQuest you are not permitted to leave the residence or use the phone

or lap tops except for the purpose of medical emergency, legal matters relating to trial or sentencing, or to attend

activities approved by VisionQuest Society and then only with approved company (i.e. Staff or a person approved

by the VisionQuest society.) This may be extended for non-compliance.

4. Curfew:

* Curfew from 10:00pm to 6:00am is in effect from Sunday to Thursday. The curfew on Fridays Saturdays, and the

day before a holiday is 11:00pm to 6:00am. All clients must be on the premises during curfew, unless they have

made prior arrangements with staff.

5. Work:

* Integration back to work is part of the program during the second stage, and may be permitted after 6 months and a complete assessment from the Drug and Alcohol Facilitators and  facility staff and with the approval of the Director of Operations only.

6. Groups and Meetings:

* You are expected to attend all activities on time, unless previously excused by staff. Groups and AA/NA meetings and are mandatory, not optional, for all residents.

7. Medication & Prescriptions:

* All prescription drugs must be turned over to the facility staff for storage, and to be taken as directed by

physician. ALL future medications shall be prescribed by a doctor and delivered to VisionQuest by a staff member.

8. Emergency Procedures:

* Emergency drills are to be treated as real emergencies. Fire Alarm: when the fire alarm sounds, all residents are to

immediately proceed to the designated meet up area. Under no circumstances is a resident to re-enter a building

after gathering prior to getting the all-clear.

9. Food and Meal Times:

* Meal times will be set daily. Meals will be served during those times only. If a meal is expected to be missed, a

“save” can be requested prior to the meal time.

* Clients must clean up after themselves immediately after making a snack.

* Whenever possible, food allergies & intolerance will be accommodated. Special diets are the responsibility of the


10. Laundry:

* Laundry is a privilege. Maximum of 2 loads per week per client.

* Use only the necessary setting, water level, temperature, and amount of detergent.

* Remove your own laundry promptly from the laundry room and machines once completed. Show respect for other

people’s belongings. Do not just throw other peoples laundry on the floor or the top the machine.

11. Chores:

* Chores will be assigned by the facility monitor and will be on a 1 week rotation.

* Chores to be completed daily as suitable for the functioning of the facility.

* If you are unavailable to do your chore due to work, you must make arrangements to cover your chore. You will

still be held responsible for the completion of your chore whether or not you do it.

12. Coming and Going:

* It is important that the staff know where you are at all times, and any variation to the daily schedule must be

approved by Facility Staff.

* All residents are required to sign out when leaving premises, and sign in upon returning. (MANDATORY)

* While out of the Facility, if there are any changes to plans, activities, or timeframes, clients are first required to call

and receive permission from VisionQuest Staff.

13. Visitors:

* Visitation is Saturdays & Sundays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.Visitors are asked to come during visiting

hours only.

* Visitors are only permitted in designated areas.

* Visitors must follow all Facility rules and may be asked to take a drug test. Failure to provide a sample,

or a positive result will result in the visitor being asked to leave the property.

14. Conduct:

* Respect should be shown to all clients of the facility as well as in the community. This includes outside

meetings and on the property. Please respect the rules and values of meeting facilities and other persons.

Let’s be a good example to the public and to our neighbors.

* Quiet time: For multi-client rooms, respect must be shown to roommates by ceasing all noise-making

activities between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am. This includes TV’s, audio, computers, cell phones and

conversation unless by mutual agreement.

* Common areas: Respect should be shown for fellow roommates by keeping all common areas clean and

tidy. Don’t leave study materials, dishes, tobacco, newspapers, and other belongings in common areas


* TV and Audio to be kept at appropriate volume levels while in use. Turn off TV and Audio when not

being watched and or listened to. No TV before 7:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, excluding


* Headphone and cell phone use is prohibited during groups. Clients may be asked to remove headphones

if it is determined by staff that they are being used to isolate.

* Do not touch any other clients’ belongings without permission. This includes food.

* Do not enter any bedroom other than your own.

* No sleeping during daytime hours.

15. Personal Relationships Policy

* Clients may be asked to discontinue involvement with individuals that are deemed to be a negative

influence on clients while at VisionQuest. Individuals include, but are not limited to: partners who use,

individuals from recent incarceration, individuals from previous treatment facilities who have relapsed,

family members who use, or other “friends” who use. This includes involvement through writing, talking

on the phone or seeing on visitation. Visitors are not allowed on property if they are actively using.

During visits, visitors and clients are expected to behave modestly in regards to touching. “Modest”

kissing hello and good-bye is allowed.

16. Dress Code:

* The dress code is not meant to restrict nor dictate a client’s choice of clothing, but it is meant to create a safe,

comfortable, discrimination free, and recovery oriented environment for all clients. Appropriate dress as presented

in the VisionQuest policy will be adhered to at all times.

* Clothes should be clean and laundered on a regular basis (once a week).

* Clients must be dressed when not in their room: shirt and pants or shorts. This includes when walking to and from


* Residents must wear appropriate sleeping garments while sleeping. Sleeping in the nude is not permitted.

* Tank tops are not allowed while prepping and serving food.

* Clothing exhibiting party scenes/profanity/alcohol or drug use/sexism/homophobia/sexual or implied sexual

content are not allowed.

* Hoods on jackets must not be worn indoors and sunglasses must be removed when inside the house.

* If you are told by a staff that a certain article of clothing is inappropriate, you are to change clothes immediately.

You are not to wear that article of clothing again while at VisionQuest. This can be reviewed by the director who

has ultimate say on this subject.

17. Rooms:

* Resident accommodations are double or more occupancy for the majority. You are expected to share the area.

18. Bathroom and Showers:

* Cleanliness: Bathrooms and Showers to be kept neat and clean. No urinating on the floor. Sit down if you have

to. Wipe sink and faucets after use. Generally clean up after yourself each time.

* Morning Showers: Showers are to be kept to a maximum of 15 minutes per client. This includes your time in the

shower and all other bathroom use.

* Staff may assign specific bathroom use priorities.

19. Violence Policy:

* VisionQuest has a zero tolerance to violence. Violence will not be tolerated both physical and verbal. No horseplay, verbal teasing or jousting. No nicknames.

20. Discrimination:

* VisionQuest will not tolerate any discrimination with regards to race, religion, color, national origin, height,

weight, marital status, or sexual orientation.

21. Pornographic Items:

* Sexually explicit pictures on cell phones, magazines, reading materials, movies or internet sites are not allowed at

VisionQuest. Staff will periodically complete room inspections and pornographic items will be discarded.

22. Giving Back

* All clients attending VisionQuest will be required to perform 100 community hours over the duration of their stay.

Such hours will be assigned by VisionQuest staff.

23. Gossip:

* No gossiping at any time. If there is a concern regarding another resident, talk to that resident or bring it up in

group and/or to the house manager. Gossip destroys.

24. Notice to vacate:

* A written thirty (30) day notice of intention to move and vacate must be submitted from all residents.

25. Personal Property:

* VisionQuest will not be held responsible for personal items that are lost or stolen. Any personal items brought to VisionQuest. Must be approved by staff, and are the sole responsibility of the client. On entering VisionQuest an inventory of property will

be taken and unnecessary items will be documented and placed in secure storage.

* Upon a client leaving, any and all property left behind will be packed, under the supervision of staff, and taken offsite where it

will be kept for 15 days. If not claimed, it will be disposed of on the 16th day.

* Any personal property, including outside food are subject to search at any time. This includes all items brought to client during

their stay.

26. Penalties:

* Consequences for non-compliance may be implemented by Staff as follows:

(1) Performance Contract, (2) Relocation of room, OR (3) Termination of Residency.

27. Complaints:

* Any and all complaints can be addressed to the facility manager, or directed to the Executive Director. If you are

not satisfied with the end result, you can direct your concerns in writing to

which goes directly to the Society’s board. Complaints can also be forwarded to the Assisted Living Registry, by

telephone at 1-866-714-3378 or in writing (see brochures available at the office) which can be forwarded by either

fax or email.

28. Cash/Money:

* For clients, VisionQuest is a cash free society. All money brought into VisionQuest are deposited into the client’s

trust account. Government comfort checks, or money received from family & friends are also deposited into the

clients trust account. As clients make phone calls or purchase items from the office, the amount spent is transferred

from the clients trust account to a VisionQuest account.

* Any funds remaining in client trust account, upon legal departure, will be refunded within 30 days.

29. Mail:

* All correspondence, packages, etc. incoming & outgoing, may be subject to inspection & review by facility staff.

(1) Stealing, (2) Using of any mood or mind altering substance, (3) Violence, (4) New criminal charges


Daily Schedule can be viewed here.


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