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About Into Action Recovery Society

Into Action Recovery Society is a compassionate residential treatment community established on the principles of integrity, hope, empowerment, unity, and trust. As substance use experts, we understand addiction recovery, and what it takes to help individuals get free from addiction. We’re fully dedicated to helping people navigate their recovery path, so they can enjoy freedom and rebuild their lives the way the truly desire.

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Into Action Recovery Society is comprised of a team of substance use professionals who provide healing, freedom, and hope for men struggling with an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or behavioral addictions like gambling or technology. As a provincially recognized residential program, our staff is fully committed to breaking the cycle of the debilitating, chronic disease of addiction. We offer multifaceted, supportive recovery and transitional housing options in the Greater Vancouver area.

One reason our program is so successful is because of the professional level of care offered in a homelike atmosphere, rather than the institute model that can oftentimes be unappealing. Our team of highly skilled and compassionate men are dedicated to tackling the disease of addiction and the current overdose crisis with the latest, evidence-based treatments and techniques.

Into Action Recovery offers three core programs geared for men who have the desire to stop using alcohol or drugs, such as heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, crack, meth, prescription drugs, gambling, gaming, and more.

  1. First Stage Residential Supportive Recovery Program – 60 days
  2. Second Stage Short-Term Residential Transitional Program – 30 days
  3. Third Stage Long-Term Residential Transitional Program – Varies

First Stage Residential Supportive Recovery Program

Once an assessment and intake meeting has been completed, and a decision to attend Into Action has been made, the first step will be to enroll in the First Stage Recovery Program. Residents in this stage will go through a 60-day recovery program in a safe, structured, and comfortable residential environment. Daily groups and activities run through the day and evening, including process groups, educational groups, one-on-one counseling, and support group meetings. At the end of the 60 days, men have the option to return home or enroll in the Second Stage Short-Term Program.

Second Stage Short-Term Residential Transitional Program

Upon finishing the First Stage Recovery Program, clients have the option to attend the Second Stage Transitional Housing Program. This is ideal for those who desire the continued structure and support that recovery programs provide, rather than go back home when they’re still not feeling quite stable enough. Residents in this stage will continue to attend support group meetings, complete a daily chore, and follow house rules. If a resident is working or in school, they can continue to attend. Upon 30 days completed in the Second Stage, residents will have the option to continue onto the Third Stage.

Third Stage Long-Term Residential Transitional Program

Those who still don’t feel ready to integrate back into their home or community have the option to attend the Third Stage Transitional Program. This program is intended for those men who have completed the first and second stage programs. Typically, men in this long-term transitional housing program have jobs or attend school, yet still desire the accountability and structure of a recovery program. The length of time in this stage varies depending on personal preference or need.

Into Action Recovery Society serves men across Canada.

Expert Team

Our Professional Team

Chris Burwash
Executive Director, ICAS III, CCAC

Chris has been working in the field of Mental Health and Addictions for over 12 years, the last 8 years of which have been in a leadership role.

Chris had such a profound experience when he attended treatment himself that it completely transformed him and helped him to see his purpose in life which is to help people find recovery. Chris founded Into Action Recovery Society in 2012. He is a skilled Satir Institute therapist, is a certified conflict resolution trainer, and is a member in good standing with the Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation.

Chris’s clinical experience, combined with his leadership skills, enhances his ability to assure that Into Action Recovery Society is among the top when it comes to achieving long-term recovery success. His vision is to provide a safe and structured program that is available to anyone who is struggling with addiction and is seeking help.

Michael Pearce
Director of Operations, CCAC

Michael has been the Director of Operations at Into Action Recovery Society since 2015, overseeing and coordinating day to day operations, ensuring the highest level of care. He has a vast amount of experience in managing residential treatment facilities, gaining invaluable experience that benefits each resident that attend Into Action.

Michael attended Concordia University, Simon Fraser University, and is a member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation in good standing. He’s also an alumni of Into Action Recovery Society.

Anya Schecter
Administrator/Intake Coordinator

Anya has worked in an administrative and leadership role for 15 years. She has served and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of a local non-profit in the recovery field. In 2015 when addiction hit close to home, Anya decided this is where her passion lies. Anya devoted her career in helping other individuals struggling with substance use and their families. Anya has been in Administrative Manager role of Into Action recovery society since 2016, and has been responsible for creating and implementing systems to ensure consistent high caliber care for all clients, ensuring safety and efficiency at all operational and administrative levels of the organization. Anya oversees all intake coordination and is often the first point of contact with the individual still suffering with addiction and their families. Anya is passionate about giving individuals hope, and helping so many individuals get their lives back on track, living healthy and productive lives for themselves and every one they touch, creating a cascading effect of families, communities, and society.

Kevin Mrazek
Clinical Supervisor, RCC, CCAC

Kevin has been working as a clinical supervisor and group therapy facilitator at Into Action Recovery Society for over two years. He has implemented a 60-day program that has garnered some stunning results. Kevin is involved in every client’s journey and genuinely cares about their experience.

Clients look forward to Kevin’s groups. However, his strength lies in his one to one sessions, where he supports clients in an empathic and safe environment. Using a CBT approach, Kevin helps clients identify broken thought and belief patterns. Their cognitive distortions are uncovered and replaced with healthy belief systems that produce positive change.

Kevin has worked as a counsellor since 2012. He has since worked in the field in both the nonprofit and private sector. Kevin uses the Bio/Psycho/Social model of recovery and believes in the client’s ability to facilitate change in their own lives with the right support and structure. Kevin enjoys coming to work and making a difference in people’s lives.

Jason Peers, C.C.A.C.
Addictions Counsellor

Certified in Satir Therapy, Jason has been working in the social service field for over 15 years, facilitating personal development, alcohol, and drug educational groups. He has also been involved in providing service in residential treatment programs for 12 years. Jason’s passion for recovery shows up in group sessions, where he provides a great deal of support and hope for those recovering from addiction. He believes true change is possible if people are willing to do the work to get there.

Gerry Wilce
Addictions Counsellor

Gerry Wilce has been a counselor with Into Action Recovery Society for the past five years. He has over 11 years clean and sober, and has been active sharing hope and strength to thousands of others who were struggling with addiction.

Gerry grew up on a Nisga’a native reserve near Prince Rupert, losing his parents at the age of eleven. He started drinking and drugging for relief, and eventually ended up becoming involved in crime as a teen. As a young adult, he took to the streets of the Downtown East Side and consumed drugs and alcohol on a daily basis for a year and a half. He was homeless, hopeless, and completely addicted.

Through twelve step work, and the ability to help others, he has been able to overcome his struggles. At Into Action, he’s had the amazing opportunity to put his own program to good use in helping others; a program based on empathy, understanding, and an ability to relate to people that struggle just like he did.

Gerry is also an international recovery speaker and has facilitated recovery groups to thousands of men and women over the last 11 years, free of charge.

Colin Cameron, C.C.A.C.
Addictions Counsellor

Colin Cameron has over twenty years’ experience working in the substance abuse field. Trained in addiction recovery at a B.C. Provincial Treatment Centre and Vancouver Community College, he began his career on the front lines in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver at the Salvation Army, where he gained invaluable experience. He also worked at Coastal Health Centre, where he was the head counsellor.

Nick Topouzis
Live-In Manager/Support

Nick has been a house manager with Into Action Recovery Society for the past two years. He’s got over two years clean and sober, and is active in supporting others who are struggling with addiction. He believes that giving back what was given to him is essential for helping others staying sober.

Nick grew up in Greece and relocated to Canada in 2005. Through a series of painful events, including divorce and being homeless, he started using alcohol and drugs as an attempt to escape such pain. This led him to selling drugs and committing other crimes, which landed him in jail multiple times.

Nick finally admitted he needed help and attended Into Action Recovery Society, where he was able to make the changes in his life that he truly desired. Today, he’s passionate about helping every man that comes to Into Action by sharing his story, his hope, and essential tools and techniques for long-term sobriety.

Testimonials

Our Previous Patients

This place saved my Life!! I was down and out, sick of what addiction had done to my life. The staff are incredible here, caring and respectful

Ivan Y

The staff are caring and the recovery is serious, it is in the end up to you but into action provides a safe place for you to turn your life around, the give you the tools and support. what you do with what they give you is up to you! A good place to go for a new start.

Erin D

Thank you for being a REAL treatment centre! What I mean by REAL is a place where people actually care and want to see you do well in recovery.

Reginal M

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