Welcome and congratulations on taking your next step on the road to recovery. We expect that you may have questions while you prepare for your admission to De Novo’s 35-day Residential program and we attempt to anticipate your questions with this information package.

If at the end of reading this information package, you find that you still have some unanswered questions or require clarification, please feel free to contact us toll free at 1-800-933-6686.

What to expect from De Novo Treatment Centre

The individuals who enroll in the De Novo Treatment Centre program can expect to be treated in a fair, non-judgmental, caring and mutually respectful manner. De Novo supports each client in their process of addiction recovery using best practices and a client focused approach with a 35 day residential program.

The Mission of De Novo Treatment Centre is to provide the highest quality of substance abuse treatment for the Employers, Members within the Unionized Construction Industry, and their families. We seek to provide hope, strength and tools for our clients in need of a New Beginning, to help them move forward on their journey in recovery.

Our Admission Criteria

Once you have sought out the appropriate services to meet your needs, your Union Representative or Employer may refer you to De Novo Treatment Centre. After reading the Pre-Admission Information Package, the steps required to enroll into our programs are as follows:

  1. Complete an over the phone Screening Interview with a De Novo Intake Worker (1-800-933-6686). This takes approximately 20-30 minutes.
  2. Acquire Union clearance. We require your BA (Business Agent/Rep) to contact De Novo and notify us that you are eligible to enroll in the De Novo program.
  3. The Medical Clearance certificate included in this package must be completed by a Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse or Psychiatrist if warranted and forwarded to De Novo’s Admission Office for approval prior to you getting an admission time and date.
  4. Negative COVID-19 test result and appropriate isolation prior to admission as per Public Health. Our staff can direct you through the proper channels, including aligning this last step with an admission date in order to prevent the need for multiple COVID-19 tests. All Staff and Clients must follow COVID-19 protocols.

Once these steps have been completed, De Novo staff will arrange an admission date with you. Admission dates are complimented with an admission time so that you can have a smooth admission into the program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: De Novo Treatment Centre is a non-medical facility. Clients must have a minimum of 72 hours without drug or alcohol use prior to admission at De Novo and be stable on any prescribed medications. Drug Urine Screening is a requirement for admission. De Novo will help you arrange for detoxification at a site near you, if that is necessary.

Admission and Discharge Times

Once you have completed the Admission Criteria, the intake worker will give you a time and date to arrive at De Novo so your admission can be as positive as possible. Admissions are scheduled Monday through Friday.

Once you have completed the program there is an honouring ceremony involving your peers at 11:00 a.m. Discharge time is 11:30 a.m., or later depending on completion ceremonies, discharge plans etc., and you are expected to participate in group activities until that time.

Drug Urine Screening

The De Novo Treatment Centre program(s) require abstinence from drugs and alcohol. To ensure program compliance, safety and a therapeutic space for clients to work through the treatment process. De Novo will request drug urine screenings upon admission, return from visits and as required. Positive results may implicate that you are not prepared or ready to fully participate in our program and you may be asked to return at a later date.   

Benefits/Employment Insurance

All benefits, including Employment Insurance (E.I.) are to be arranged prior to arriving at De Novo. Weekly reporting for Employment Insurance is allowed through your counsellor; the application process is to be completed prior to admission. This may be your source of income for the 35 days you are in treatment. Any business, bill payments, income or personal related issues must be taken care of prior to admission to ensure that you are prepared for the focus and commitment required to get everything you can out of the program.

Medications/Medical Concerns

Upon completing your Medical Clearance Certificate as mentioned above, ensure that all medications you require to take during your stay at De Novo is on the Medical Clearance certificate and that it has been approved by the De Novo Treatment Team.

You must have a minimum supply for 35 days in blister packs only; your local pharmacy can provide this for you. In addition, no over-the-counter medications may be purchased and no changes to a Medical Clearance certificate may be made, unless the prescribing physician makes the alterations to the Medical Clearance certificate and it is resent to De Novo. Clients must be stable on all medications prior to admission.

We are a non-medical facility and require our clients to be well enough to fully participate in our 35-day treatment program. Please bring your health card and benefit card with you as emergencies are dealt with through the local Hospital Emergency Department.

Methadone medication is not permitted at De Novo. Suboxone medication may be a replacement for this, if required. Clients who are participating in a methadone program must speak with their doctor to begin a tapering process or begin a transferring method to Suboxone prior to treatment. Suboxone is permitted with clear and strict outlines directed by the local pharmacy and your Suboxone doctor.


If you smoke, please bring enough cigarettes for your 35-day stay with us. The cartons of cigarettes are to be unopened when you arrive. Tobacco use is allowed within the designated areas at the Centre only. Please do not borrow or lend cigarettes during your stay at De Novo; staff can assist you if you have concerns. Vaping is not permitted.

Money and Valuables

De Novo Treatment Centre is located in an urban setting. You need to bring enough money for incidentals, outside of the treatment program and travel fare home (i.e. bus ticket, plane ticket, etc.)

De Novo is not responsible for money or valuables lost or stolen. Therefore, you are requested to refrain from bringing large sums of money with you. Valuables will be left in lock-up at De Novo. Stores in the area offer cashback. You may bring debit or Interac cards as an alternative to cash. (During COVID-19, cash is preferred as we do not make store visits. Vending Machines are now available to clients in-house).

Clothes and Laundry

You are expected to be neatly attired at all times. Bring season-appropriate outerwear and clothing. For participation in the program activities, bring a bathing suit, bedtime attire, workout clothes and gym shoes.

Clothing with suggestive logos, considered revealing or that contain inappropriate content are not allowed. Sleeveless shirts are allowed during workout times only. Hats are not allowed anywhere within the Centre; however, you may wear them outside.

There is a no-fee laundry facility on site for clients to use during designated times. Laundry detergent and fabric softener are provided. If you have sensitive skin, please feel free to bring your own detergent and fabric softener.

NOTE: Upon admission, your belongings will be steamed or put in the dryer for a minimum of 30 minutes. This is our policy and preventative measure to maintain a safe and healthy facility.

Personal Hygiene

Please bring a 5-week supply of toiletries for your personal use. Bring your own towels and face cloths. You will be expected to bathe/shower regularly and be appropriately dressed. We ask that you leave perfume/cologne, body spray and alcohol-based toiletries (mouthwash) at home as we require a scent-free and an alcohol-free environment. Unscented aftershave is recommended.


De Novo supplies all food that is consumed at the Centre. Food allergies and/or special dietary needs are arranged through the Admission office, prior to admission to accommodate each client’s needs, as much as possible.


Cell phones are prohibited. If you have any electrical devices such as cell phones, clock radios, hair clippers, laptops, iPods or cameras etc., please leave these items at home. Picture taking is not allowed due to confidentiality.

Motor Vehicles

De Novo does not have areas that you can park your own vehicle, therefore transportation to De Novo is through public transportation or a friend or family member can drive you here.

Visitors/Phone Privileges

(Visitors are not permitted due to COVID-19 protocols).

During you’re first seven (7) days of treatment, we like you to keep your focus on the program and your recovery. Phone privileges are after the first 7 days of treatment and are discussed with your primary counsellor. However, clients can phone their family upon arrival to let them know they are at De Novo Treatment Centre, or the family member can call De Novo to let the client know they arrived home safely.

Payphones are available for use and they require a phone card. De Novo has two payphones available, for clients use and all clients are to monitor their time on the phone so that all clients have an opportunity to speak with their family or support person(s).

Regular visiting hours are on Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be a Family Program held on Saturday, once every four to five weeks. On the Family Program Saturday, visitation is limited to those that decide to participate in the Family Program; and visiting hours will be accommodated from 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Please contact De Novo to find out what the Family Program dates will be should your family wish to take part. We encourage family members to participate in the Family Program as everyone in the family is affected by a loved one’s substance abuse. In turn, taking part in the Family Program can also contribute to the wellbeing and recovery efforts of that loved one who attends De Novo’s 35-day Residential Program.

Alcoholics Anonymous

These meetings are an integral part of our recovery program and attendance is expected. Meetings will take place in the surrounding communities as well as in house.

We are here for you and look forward to helping you with your treatment program. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 1-800-933-6686 or 705-787-0247. You may also visit our website. For a short tour of the facility, please see our Gallery page.




705.787.0247 toll free 1.800.9DeNovo (1.800.933.6686)




87 Forbes Hill Dr.
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada P1H 1R1
Copyright © 2012-2019 De Novo. All Rights Reserved.

705.787.0247 | toll free 1.800.9DeNovo (1.800.933.6686)

87 Forbes Hill Dr.
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada P1H 1R1
Copyright © 2012-2019 De Novo. All Rights Reserved.