Breezy Point – Women’s Program

Breezy Point is a residential program for women, providing gender-specific, trauma-informed treatment. With the understanding that the quickest way to calm the mind is to calm the body, the program offers opportunities for residents to learn the mind-body connection to better understand and regulate intense emotions and to incorporate healthy practices into their daily lives.


Program length is open-ended and based primarily on treatment progress. The recommended length of stay for either the adult or family program is a minimum 4 to 6 months, though it is not uncommon for some individuals to stay a year or more. Individual needs and treatment goals are usually the determining factors for the length of a person’s stay.


  • Daily work routine,
  • substance use Counseling,
  • Integrated substance use and mental health treatment plans,
  • Marital counselling,
  • Parenting seminars,
  • Outgrowing Addictions Sessions,
  • Family Violence Education Sessions,
  • Managing & Expressing Anger Sessions
  • Advocacy on behalf of residents,
  • Provincial Court Services,
  • Pre-sentence reports,
  • Bail recognizance residence,
  • Health and Wellness programs,
  • Auricular Acupuncture,
  • Norbert Adult Education Centre
  • Two on-site licensed daycare centres,
  • Early Years classroom- Kindergarten to Grade 6,
  • Outreach/Aftercare on-site and at River Point Centre,
  • Community transition housing,
  • Follow-up/evaluation.

Mental Health

BHF supports the principles of the Co-occurring Disorders Initiative (CODI) – a project jointly sponsored by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), eleven regional health authorities in Manitoba, and Manitoba Health/Healthy Living. BHF is a CODI capable facility. Residents are screened for mental health disorders, in addition to the routine screening of substance use.

Healthy Living

One of the primary goals of treatment is to expose residents to healthy living routines. Residents are taught the importance of healthy living and how it relates to long-term mental and physical health.


Meals provided adhere to the Canada Food Guide. Residents are educated as to the long-term results of poor dietary choices, including risk factors for chronic illness and other health risks.

Admission Requirements

Women who have been unable, through alcohol or other substance use and many interrelated problems including mental health concerns, to function effectively in society. Women whose lifestyles are such that they are regarded as having a living problem by their families, themselves, and/or their community and are interested in changing.

Women of all ages, races, colors, creeds, or sexual orientations, with or without dependents up to the age of four.

Women who have an ability to absorb and respond and carry out basic work routines.

Referral Process

A referral is required to attend residential treatment programs. Accepted referral methods include:

Self /Agency — An individual or agency can make referrals in person, by phone or email or by writing to the Intake Worker.

Detox /Addiction Withdrawal Units — Individuals may be referred after withdrawal is deemed sufficient by the staff of those units so that individuals no longer require medical monitoring during the withdrawal process.

Criminal Justice System — An incarcerated person facing charges may ask for the BHF Court Communicator. If she wishes to enter BHF, the Court Communicator will speak for her and in some cases, the Judge will remand the individual to BHF for a pre-trial period and pre-sentence report. If that individual has shown a positive response to the program, the Judge may probate the individual to live at BHF to be supervised by Manitoba Probation Services. When an individual has been sentenced to jail, she can approach the authorities within the jail and ask to see BHF’s Court Communicator

In the case where suitability for the program has been ascertained, the individual could be granted a conditional release. In the case of an individual awaiting trial, a bail recognizance may be granted to allow that individual to enter the program.

Out-of-Province/Country – These types of referrals may be made. However, an individual’s acceptance is not only based on the admission criteria but upon suitable financial arrangements.