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The 12 week time commitment was small in comparison to what it gave me, it gave me my freedom, my life and my family back.”
– Steve B.

 

Men Looking for Treatment

Addiction has no cure but has a solution. We provide you that solution through 12 weeks of treatment and the tools to build a solid foundation of recovery. 

Fresh Start treatment program follows the disease concept: We see addiction as an illness that is progressive and often fatal if untreated. The good news is that with treatment and a program of recovery, you can  live a healthy, happy and productive life.  Located in Calgary, Alberta our facility is a 40,000 square foot purpose built home where we employ an interdisciplinary approach to treating addiction.  Our recovery program includes daily individual and group counselling sessions throughout the course of the program. This is reinforced with enhanced recreational and therapeutic activities conducted in an atmosphere conducive to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth.  We see so many lives restored and families who have been brought together through this process. Our nationally recognized treatment program offers an individual approach to recovery. There is no one size fits all treatment. We offer a 12 week program with one on one counselling, group facilitated healing, Mike Miles physical training, balanced nutritional meals, Pure North S'energy assessment and support, and an opportunity to build a strong foundation of recovery.

The peer support component of our program runs parallel to our core treatment model of integrated chronic care.  We employ the 12 Step abstinence model of recovery as our base for treatment and this is supported within a bio-psycho-social model of therapy.  Our goal is to send fathers back to their kids, sons back to their families, and to restore them back into community as productive and content men. With our intensive treatment program, and solid community support, we see that this is reality. Our staff is integral to the success of Fresh Start. With over 300 years combined recovery experience, our dedicated team draws on both personal and professional experience for each and every person we serve. Our insight, compassion and understanding of addiction and recovery allow us to not only offer our residents  a home, but  also make them part of  a recovery family. With  an 81% group completion rate and a 55% success rate of continuous abstinence based recovery at one  year. We invite you to call and see how we can help.  There is always hope.....Click the video link below and meet Alumnus Shanon. He shares his story of adversity, perseverance and transformation.  He is living proof that recovery works. 

 

 

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The Disease Concept

The overwhelming majority of medical opinion and practice supports the definition of addiction as a disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percent of people over the age of 18 who are regular drinkers – defined by at least 12 drinks in the past 12 months – is 51.5 percent.


Percentage of Canadians who are high risk drinkers:
13.6%
 


Percentage of current Canadian drinkers (of all ages and drinking levels) report some form of harm in the past year due to alcohol intake:

Source: national survey of canadians’ use of alcohol and other drugs: prevalence of use and related harms (June, 2005). Available at: www.ccsa.ca
20%
TO
THEMSELVES
33%
BY SOMEONE ELSE’s DRINKING
     


Percentage of hospitalizations directly attributable
to substance abuse:

8%
 



Percentage of days spent in hospital directly attributable
to substance abuse:

Source: Single, E., Robson, L., Xiaodi, X., and Rehm, J. (1996) The costs of substance abuse in Canada. Available at: www.ccsa.ca
10%
 
     



Number of babies born in Canada annually with
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:

Source: CCSA Literature Review: Evaluation strategies in Aboriginal Substance Abuse Programs: A discussion. (2004). Available at: www.ccsa.ca
1/day
 
     


Annual productivity losses in Canada in BILLIONS OF DOLLARS due to abuse of legal substances (including tobacco):

Source: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (1999) Canadian Profile 1999. Available at: www.ccsa.ca
11.8
IN BILLIONS
OF DOLLARS
 
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FROM OUR BLOG

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Starting May 28th, my goal is to cycle across Canada inspiring others to be vulnerable and ask for help; as well as join the fitness community and live a healthy lifestyle. My route from St. John's to Victoria will incorporate stops along the way at 10 or more treatment centres. I hope to share my story, help make connections to fitness, and donate $1000 to help set up fitness programs in the centres.

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We have been invited to participate in and chosen as one of the recipients of The Calgary Scotiabank Marathon on May 28, 2017. We need your support. Join and show your support to our motley crew, "The Recovery Runners", and help us raise $10,000 for addiction recovery. There are participation levels for everyone; join in the 5 km walk or run, 10 km or half marathon run as well as the kid's marathon.
Every STEP you take will help make a difference for the men and families Fresh Start serves.

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Introducing Connie, the face behind the front desk.She is most in touch with waitlist clients, in-house clients and alumni. The waitlist clients generally number 100 or so and each one of them is required to call daily to let us know how they are doing.  Admittance to the day program, or the residential program, is done from the main waitlist.  We have other waitlists for specific population groups and they are separate from the main list. I talk to many mothers and fathers who are trying to find help for their child and I try to provide them with information that will help. I receive calls from as far away as Nova Scotia. Spend time talking with the parents about our Family Healing Program and how it will help them in their understanding of the addict/alcoholic.  They are grateful for the information I provide. All of these different contacts are satisfying and I am grateful to be of help. I also let all of these contacts know that I am also in recovery and we share and laugh about certain circumstances.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

May-25-2017
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program Alumni


May-27-2017
8:00 PM –
May-28-2017
1:00 AM

Clean and Sober Dance


May-31-2017
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Alumni Birthday Celebration


Jun-08-2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

*NEW Start - Family Healing Program


Jun-15-2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program