Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society
Substance Abuse and Trauma Treatment Centre

TTLL Guidelines

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

To all participants –
Please be aware that you are in program 24 hours each day, from when you arrive until your completion ceremony. There is no time off in treatment (including no napping during the day.)

1. CULTURAL TEACHINGS
You will be provided with cultural teachings to inform you of the spiritual practices and principles that we follow. We appreciate that these teachings may be different than the ones you have received, and we respectfully ask that you honour our teachings and respect the ways of our land.

2. REASONS FOR DISCHARGE
At Tsow-Tun Le Lum there are several situations where you will be discharged:

  1. You have been drinking, drugging or gambling.
  2. You have been intimidating, or violent, or are jeopardizing the sense of safety in the house.
  3. You have become involved in a relationship that is distracting you from program or you have been physically intimate or sexual with another client.
  4. Concealing a cell phone or other device may result in discharge.

3. ALCOHOL, DRUGS, and GAMBLING

  1. All clients residing at TTLL must attend weekly NA, AA, and CoDA meetings. These meetings are part of the program and not optional.
  2. You are not to consume, or have in your possession alcohol, street drugs or undeclared prescription drugs, at any time during your program. Breaking this rule will result in your discharge.
  3. All prescription and non-prescription medications must be turned in on arrival, or if purchased during treatment.
  4. Do not share your medication with anyone.
  5. Do not go to bars, or any place where the primary purpose is the sale of alcohol or drugs. If you do, you will be discharged.
  6. All forms of gambling are prohibited for the duration of your program. Do not go to casinos, bingo halls, or any other gambling establishment. Lottery tickets of any kind may not be purchased for the duration of your stay at TTLL. Failure to cooperate will result in discharge.
  7. If we have any concerns about prescription medication you are taking, we may ask you to meet with our consulting physician.

4. AGGRESSION and VIOLENCE

  1. It’s OK to get angry at Tsow-Tun Le Lum, but it’s not OK to aim that anger at someone else. Learning how to express our anger in non-harming ways is important if we are going to develop healthy relationships in our lives.
  2. One of our priorities is to provide an environment where people feel safe and able to focus on their program, so we cannot permit any type of aggression or violence. This includes all forms of bullying, verbal attacks, hurtful gossip, intimidation or discrimination. Failure to cooperate with this guideline may result in your discharge.

5. RELATIONSHIPS

  1. It is our sincere hope that you will become good friends with other clients in the house, treating them with the respect and consideration you would show to family members you genuinely care about.
  2. While we understand that treatment is a place where clients very often develop deep and meaningful friendships. We will actively discourage any two people who are spending most of their time together. We expect that you will socialize with a variety of clients and not focus on one person.
  3. If we believe that you are getting involved in a relationship that is distracting you from the program, we will bring it to your attention and ask that you socialize with others. If you are not willing to cooperate, we may ask you to sign a contract saying you will have no contact with the person you want to hang out with, and if you fail to honor that agreement you may be discharged.
  4. If you are seen being physically intimate or sexual with another client you will be discharged.
  5. We strongly discourage lending money or belongings to anyone.

6. HEALTH AND SAFETY

  1. Please wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer regularly in order to protect yourself and others from the spread of colds, flu, etc.
  2. Smoking and vaporizing is allowed in the courtyard only.
  3. Please do not share cigarettes, pop, or anything that can pass along germs from your mouth.
  4. If we have concerns regarding your health we may refer you to our consulting physician, our dietician, or we may call an ambulance.
  5. Please make sure you notify your counsellor if you need to miss program due to illness or injury.
  6. If you are sick or injured and have been in bed all day you must stay in your room in the evening and are not allowed any phone calls or TV.
  7. If you are sick and contagious, you may be required to wear a mask. If your roommate is sick you would be wise to wear a mask.
  8. If you believe you need to make an appointment to see a doctor or any other medical professional, or you need to get a prescription renewed, please go to the Client Services Office and they will assist you.
  9. Please give us at least 4 days advanced notice if you need a prescription refilled.
  10. Tsow-Tun Le Lum is a scent free environment. Please do not use perfumes, colognes, or any other scented product at the centre, out of respect for people with allergies.
  11. Cleanliness is important. There are laundry facilities and detergent available for washing clothes. No scented fabric softener.
  12. There will be no horseplay, running, or swearing in the building.

7. PASSES FOR COMMUNITY CLIENTS

  1. Passes are part of the program. They are not time off. They are an opportunity for you to explore the challenges of being in community.
  2. Passes are a privilege and you can lose them if you are not fully participating in program or not living according to these guidelines.
  3. You don’t have to go out on passes. You are welcome to remain at the centre.
  4. For Thuy Namut clients: There are no passes on the first weekend. You will be eligible for day passes on the second weekend, and you will be eligible for either weekend or day passes on the final weekends.
    Kwunatsustul clients are eligible for passes beginning the first weekend.
  5. Day Passes:
    1. No day passes on Fridays
    2. Saturday – You may leave as early as 9AM if your chores are done, but if you want a ride, our Tsow-Tun Le Lum bus will take you to Woodgrove Mall after chores are completed (usually around 10:30AM.)
    Pick up from the mall is 3PM to bring you back to the centre. (Otherwise you are responsible for your own transportation.) Curfew is 11PM.
    3. Sunday – our Tsow-Tun Le Lum bus will take you to Woodgrove Mall after Big Book study. They will not come back at 3:00. You will be responsible to get yourself back to the centre by 5:30PM; or make your way to Tim Hortons, (at the corner of Wallace and Comox) to be picked up by our bus at 6:30PM on the way to the Sunday night meeting.
  6. Weekend Passes:
    1. You may leave after program on Friday, usually at 4:00 PM, and are expected back at TTLL on Sunday by 5:30PM. (or TTLL Bus will pick up 6:30PM at Tim Hortons.
    2. If granted a weekend pass and for whatever reason you want to return early, you are welcome to come back to the centre. However that will end your weekend pass and you will now be on day passes for the duration of the weekend.

8. PASSES FOR CSC CLIENTS

  1. Please be aware that Ken Bartley or designate from the Nanaimo Parole Office must approve all passes.
  2. Passes are part of the program. They are not time off. They are an opportunity for you to explore the challenges of being in community.
  3. Passes are a privilege and you can lose them if you are not fully participating in program or not living according to these guidelines.
  4. You don’t have to go out on passes. You are welcome to remain at the center.
  5. There are no passes the first weekend of treatment
  6. The second weekend you are eligible for day passes.
  7. The last three weekends you are eligible for day passes or you may be eligible for weekend passes if your parole conditions permit.
  8. Pass forms are to be completed and turned into your counsellor Tuesday morning.
  9. No day passes on Fridays
  10. Saturday – You may leave as early as 9AM if your chores are done, but if you want a ride, our Tsow-Tun Le Lum bus will take you to Woodgrove Mall after chores are completed, (usually around 10:30AM.)
    Pick up from the mall is 3PM to bring you back to the centre. (Otherwise you are responsible for your own transportation.)
  11. If you chose to stay out later than 3PM, you must meet the Tsow-Tun Le Lum driver at the mall at 3PM and visually check-in.
  12. If you chose to stay out later than 7PM you must call the center 250-390-3123 and check in between 7 and 7:30PM.
  13. Curfew is 10PM
  14. Sunday – You may leave after Big Book Study, or if you want a ride our Tsow-Tun Le Lum bus will take you to Woodgrove Mall around 10:30AM.
  15. Our bus will not come back at 3PM to pick you up.
  16. You must call the centre and check-in between 2 and 2:30PM at 250-390-3123.
  17. You will be responsible to get yourself back to the centre by 5:30PM or make your way to Tim Hortons, (at the corner of Wallace and Comox) to be picked up by our bus at 6:30PM on the way to the Sunday night meeting.
  18. Weekend passes are granted at the discretion of Nanaimo Parole and depend on your parole conditions.
  19. If you are more than 10 minutes late returning from a pass, a walk, or are more than 10 minutes late calling in or visually checking in we are obligated to contact the National Monitoring Centre.
  20. Please be aware that if you fail to call in at the required times or fail to visually check-in when required you will lose your next two days of passes.

9. SIGN-OUT BOOKS
The sign-out books are kept in the medical room. It is your responsibility to sign in and sign out when you leave the building. It is also your responsibility to have the book initialed by a staff person as you are leaving and when you return

This includes:

10. VISITORS

  1. On the first weekend, you can have visitors from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. On all other weekends you can have visitors from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
  2. Please visit only in the dining room, gym or courtyard.
  3. If any of your visitors are under the influence of drugs or alcohol they will be asked to leave.
  4. You are not allowed to be sexual with any of your visitors.
  5. You are responsible for your visitors and letting them know our guidelines.
  6. Please advise your visitors that cell phones and other devices are not to be used while at Tsow-Tun Le Lum

11. TELEPHONES

  1. Switchboard and Messages
    1. Our switchboard is on from 9AM to 4PM Monday to Friday. At all other times our phones connect to an answering service who relay messages to us.
    2. You will not be called out of program for a phone call or a message, unless it is a verified emergency. Phone messages will be passed out at supper time, Monday to Friday. Weekend messages are passed out on Monday at supper time.
  2. Client House Phones
    1. We provide each group with one phone for their use. You may call anywhere in Canada, free of charge.
    2. For the first week, you will not be allowed to make any phone calls until Sunday at 1PM. If there is an important call you need to make, talk to your counsellor and they may be able to help you.
    3. Monday to Thursday client house phones will be turned on after supper and turned off at 10:15PM, except swim nights when they will be turned off when you leave for the pool.
    4. On weekends the phones will be turned on Friday at 4PM and will remain on until Sunday evening at 10:15PM.
    5. You must have completed all your chores before you are allowed to make phone calls.
    6. Please limit your phone calls to 15 minutes.
    7. Each group will be responsible to organize themselves so that they respectfully share the use of their phone. If they cannot be respectful and sort out their differences in a good way, staff may turn off the phone.
  3. Cell phones
    1. Cell phones are not allowed at Tsow-Tun Le Lum and must be turned in upon arrival.
    2. You may sign them out when you are going out on a pass. Please sign them back in when you return.
    3. If you are being picked up at Tim Hortons on Sunday evening, please turn in your phone and any other electronics to the bus driver.
    4. You must make all your electronics identifiable, either by labelling them or giving them to us in a plastic bag with your name on it. This includes Sunday pick up at Tim Hortons.
    5. Tsow-Tun Le Lum will not charge cell phones.

12. OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

  1. All other electronic devices such as laptop computers, tablets, music or video players, and cameras are to be turned in upon arrival.
  2. They may be signed out when you are going out on a pass. Please sign them back in when you return.
  3. Due to privacy and confidentiality issues, no photographs are to be taken on Tsow-Tun Le Lum property.
  4. No videos or video games are allowed.

13. GENERAL HOUSE GUIDELINES
You are to remain within the boundaries of Tsow-Tun Le Lum at all times, except when accompanied by staff, or on a pass, or approved program walk.

Walks:

  1. When going for a walk, residents are required to sign in the sign-out book for fire/emergency purposes and have the sign-out book initialed by a staff person both when they leave and when they return.
  2. Please make yourself aware of designated walking areas (see map provided).
  3. Maximum time for a walk is one hour.
  4. All walks are by yourself or in a group of at least five people.
  5. You must be in the building by 9PM, unless you are on a pass.

In-House Building Boundaries:

  1. The group room on the men’s side of the building is to be used by men only during leisure time. The group room on the ladies’ side of the building is for ladies only during leisure time.
  2. TV’s may be on during the week after supper chores are completed until 10PM. Friday and Saturday they will be on until 1AM.
  3. The exercise room and craft area downstairs are not co-ed unless supervised by staff. A schedule for the use of these facilities is posted by the stairs.

Room Boundaries:

  1. Clock radios in your rooms are to be off during the day. They may be on after supper chores at a reasonable volume until lights out.
  2. No visiting in anyone else’s room. Visiting is limited to the dining room and courtyard.
  3. Do not hang or stick anything on the walls. Bulletin boards are provided for this purpose.
  4. Our staff are required to make room checks several times during the night. They need to come into your room and make sure you are present and not in distress. They will do this as quietly and respectfully as possible.
  5. We reserve the right to search your belongings. If we believe it is necessary, we will notify you and give you the opportunity to be present while we search.

Personal Boundaries:

  1. We ask that you respect individual personal space. Therefore, no poking, touching or scaring others (this is a cultural teaching).
  2. If you miss group due to illness, there will be no evening outings, television, or phone privileges, as you need your rest.
  3. For your protection, you are asked to turn in any money in excess of $20.00, or other valuables, to be secured in Tsow-Tun Le Lum’s “bank.” We will open the “bank” on Fridays so you may get your money before going on a pass.
  4. If we take you on an outing of any kind, we will not be stopping at any stores, coffee shops etc.
  5. You are responsible for all your belongings. Anything left behind will be disposed of after 30 days. Tsow-Tun Le Lum accepts no liability or responsibility for the personal belongings and effects of residents or visitors.
  6. Please dress respectfully and focus on your program.
    1. No cleavage
    2. No short shorts
    3. No bare midriffs
    4. Please do not wear any clothing that promotes the use of drugs, alcohol, violence, sexuality or anything not compatible with our spiritual principles.
    5. Men must wear shirts at all times, except when at the pool or at the sweat.
    6. No sleepwear outside of your bedroom before lights out in the evening.
    7. During the night, if you need to be outside of your room, please make sure your body is covered appropriately.
    8. Please be fully dressed for breakfast.
    9. No bare feet outside of bedrooms.
    10. Wearing of sunglasses / tinted glasses is not permitted inside Tsow-Tun Le Lum.
    11. Wearing coloured or costume contact lenses may not be permitted.
  7. Energy Drinks (e.g. Monster, Rockstar, Red Bull, etc.) are not to be consumed during your stay with us.
  8. Yoga is not an optional part of the program. Everyone is expected to participate fully.

14. RESIDENT’S CRAFTS

  1. All painting, gluing, carving, or messy crafts can only be worked on during schedule times downstairs in the craft area.
  2. Crafts such as knitting, beading, that do not make a mess; can be worked on in the dining room or bedrooms. Please do not leave your crafts in the dining room, clean up after yourself each time you finish.

15. BUYING AND SELLING RESIDENT ART
The buying and selling of art between clients, staff, visitors, or elders is not allowed.