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Phoenix Society announces merger with Delta’s Little House Society

Phoenix Society is pleased to announce a merger with Delta’s Little House Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Society.

The merger came about after a joint recognition that the organizations’ values aligned, and together could provide enhanced support to more individuals struggling with substance use and their families.

This all came together in a really organic way,” said Keir Macdonald, CEO of Surrey-based Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Society. “Phoenix had been working with Little House over the past two years to help strengthen our bed-based substance use programs in two keys areas, family services and continuing care. Little House had some really amazing programs and it just made sense for us to partner rather than re-create something and things just grew from there.

Little House Society has been a welcoming space for group recovery meetings for more than 30 years. The organization offers a variety of community-based supports including individual therapy; family supports; boundaries workshops; an ongoing Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) group utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy; group meetings; and more.

The organization operates out of an 1,800 square foot, fully accessible house in Tsawwassen that includes a comfortable counselling office, and two meeting rooms that accommodate recovery group meetings, workshops, and educational sessions.

Two years ago, Little House began running a family program for loved ones of those in residential treatment programs at Phoenix, offering a four-hour education workshop.

“Our organizations have such common values and interests and that was apparent early on for me. This merger is a perfect fit – a match made in heaven,” said Debbi McKenzie, Chief Operating Officer of Little House Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Society.

“My passion and my dream has always been to work at a treatment centre, and bring family programs in. That’s what’s so wonderful about this fit, Phoenix’s values align so well,” added McKenzie, who is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor. “We hope to have a wider reach and connect with more people in the community as a result of the merger with Phoenix Society. Right now, we’re literally just a ‘Little House.’”

McKenzie noted that for every person struggling with their substance use, 10 to 20 people around them are impacted.

“We know that if someone goes to treatment but returns to a family that has not done their healing, there is a 40 per cent chance of relapsing. Together, we can support more families to learn how to support their loved one in recovery. Too many families are suffering in silence right now.”

About Phoenix Society: Since 1989, Phoenix Society has grown from an idea, to its first programs and is now a multi-faceted, integrated service provider that offers a variety of programs and support services, helping residents and program participants achieve positive outcomes in their lives.

A key purpose of the Society is to provide housing and support services for people at multiple entry points on the continuum; we develop community-based projects that meet people where they are at, helping participants exit the cycle of addiction and homelessness and are regarded as having amongst the best outcomes in British Columbia.

About Little House Society: For over 30 years, Little House Society has been a welcoming space for group recovery meetings. The Delta community Hub of services and resources promotes health and wellness through prevention, education, and collaboration with community stakeholders. Little House provides a comfortable, accessible and safe place for individual and family counselling, assessment and referral, recovery meetings, and peer-to-peer support.

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