Breaking Free Online is an online relapse prevention application available at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. It helps clients and patients with substance use challenges stay on their recovery journeys.
The app helps clients and patients develop coping skills and access key resources they can use after they complete treatment at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. The relapse prevention program, along with other elements of clients' and patients' customized care plans, help make sure people transition safely and successfully back into their communities.
Breaking Free Online is a virtual service that is based on research that shows cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, reward and reinforcement, and motivational enhancement therapy can all contribute to relapse prevention.
Using a tablet or computer, you can work your way through Breaking Free Online's extensive toolkit, which will help you maintain your progress and stay in recovery for the long term. It includes educational resources and opportunities to practice coping methods that manage negative thoughts, unhelpful behaviours and environmental triggers.
For example, after you leave the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, if you walk past a location that was a trigger in the past, an alert pops up. The app reminds you to use coping skills and other tools and resources you will have identified during your stay.
If you're currently a client at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, you can take part in Breaking Free Online. Staff will help you download the app onto a personal mobile phone or tablet.
Many of our clients and patients have faced significant barriers to accessing the health care they need, including traumatic experiences, unstable housing and stigma. They may also live in a rural geographic location and/or be unable to travel to see a care provider.
Virtual health tools help us reduce health care barriers so that people with mental health or substance use challenges can receive the care and support they need wherever they are in the province, using a medium that works for them.
Mental health and substance use services are different from other types of medical care such as family practice and oncology. While seeing clients and patients one-on-one will always be important, much of our treatment is communication-based rather than hands-on, making BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services especially well-positioned to implement virtual health technologies. Clients and patients in many of our programs regularly see physicians and other care providers using telehealth tools.
We are committed to continuing to work closely with PHSA's Office of Virtual Health to create even more opportunities to improve communication and care delivery, and remove barriers for vulnerable people.