Programs Treatment

Residential Treatment

Rising Above takes a holistic approach to recovery not by addressing the addiction itself, but by addressing the pain that fuels the addiction. Destructive behaviors always stem from pain and trauma and it is the pain and trauma that these behaviors, such as addiction, are attempting to mask. We must ask ourselves "not why the addiction, but why the pain." Rising Above focuses on that pain in the clients we serve so that they can experience true and lasting freedom.

Rising Above is an abstinence-based treatment facility in Peterborough, Ontario, offering a Christian-based 6-Month Residential Treatment program to individuals trapped in a Cycle of Defeat. This program helps to address a wide range of issues. Substance abuse is the most common, but the program also addresses anger issues, patterns of homelessness and criminal behavior, deep rooted shame, anxiety, and any other forms of bondage a person may be struggling in.

Throughout the 6-month program, individuals will have the opportunity to build coping skills, strengthen resiliency, gain knowledge and practical tools in the Life-Skills classes, and have a safe space to work on deep rooted issues which are always based in pain and trauma.

The foundation of the 6-Month Residential Treatment program is based on the H.E.L.P.S model.


  • Safe and comfortable living quarters
  • Separate housing for men and women
  • Responsibility for your own space
  • Sharing in maintaining common areas


Participants are employable, however, are unable to sustain employment at this time. Our goal is to provide our participants with the needed skills to obtain employment when they leave or graduate the program.

Participants are required to complete 12hrs per week of Employment Readiness Training at one of our partnership businesses. This teaches the value of servant leadership, helps to see life from a different perspective, develops self-esteem and contributes back to society.


Participants spend 9 hours a week learning various skills and coping strategies in our Life-Skills classes. Below are some of the topics we teach on:

  • Addiction and Mental Health
  • Healthy Boundaries 
  • Decision Making
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Co-dependency 
  • 12-Step Program
  • Budgeting / Finances
  • Holistic Health
  • Nutrition / Health
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Self-esteem Building
  • Time Management


This is one of the major areas of growth within the 6-month program. This is where our Inner Healing model comes into play. Inner Healing is a unique process that quickly uncovers the root issues that addictions or other destructive behaviors are attempting to mask. Participants are expected to have 1 Inner Healing appointment per week with their assigned Inner Healing Facilitator. 


In keeping with the “12 step” recovery philosophy, we believe in the significance of a spiritual awareness and the need for a power greater than ourselves to enable us in becoming healthy and self-sufficient. Spiritual Counselling is available upon request.


  • A safe, clean and sober home. We currently have one women’s residence located in Peterborough able to accommodate five participants.
  • The residence has shared living, cooking and dining spaces. All appliances, cooking utensils and dishes are provided. Each home has cable television and internet access.
  • Each resident is responsible for cooking their own meals and keeping the homes clean.
  • Life-skills classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am until 12:00pm.