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In a world of confusion, doubt and fear... Everyone deserves a chance.”
– Jan Gryckiewicz • CEO, Professional Excavators Ltd.

 

Workplace Addiction Recovery Solutions

Fresh Start understands the need to facilitate treatment quickly. Good treatment builds better employees.

Fresh Start Recovery Centre, founded in 1992, and selected as the number one treatment centre in Canada in 2014, 2013 and 2010, also ranked in the top 3 since 2006, by the Fraser institutes Donner Awards Program as a result of successfully delivering treatment, housing and support to people recovering from the disease of addiction.

With the success rate four times higher than the industry average we have been fortunate enough to build many positive relationships across the country. For us, success means helping men achieve and maintain abstinence while living healthy, happy and productive lives.

The ultimate goal for all of us is to return these individuals as productive members of families, business, and contributing members of society.

When an employee is in the disease of his addiction you can expect

  • 5x more WCB/WSIB claims
  • 3x more absenteeism
  • 3 x more late arrivals at work

When an employee is in recovery you can expect

  • Mental focus, higher productivity and better work habits
  • Overall health improvement
  • Sense of well being

In 2012 Fresh Start opened its new purpose built 40,000 square foot, 50 bed treatment centre in  Calgary. The building was designed with features to support all aspects of recovery: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual including a meditation room to allow for a wide variety of spiritual practices including smudging. The facility was built to address a growing need demonstrated through our large and growing wait list.

Fresh Start operates a total of 74 beds; 50 Primary treatment beds, 10 in second stage housing with supports and 28 in third stage housing with supports as part of a progressive approach to integrating people in recovery back into community living.

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Program

Core 12-Step Program

12- 16 week, abstinence based live in 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.  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. 

While in group the participant will explore various topics which include but are not limited to:

  • Working and understanding the 12 steps and 12 traditions
  • Addiction as a chronic brain disease and the underlying signs and symptoms
  • Understanding crisis periods and what to do
  • Relapse prevention
  • Stress management
  • Letting go and the grieving process
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Physical recovery
  • Family Healing Program

During the recovery process, each individual creates a comprehensive and personalized recovery strategy alongside his counselor.  This strategy comprised of 12 key areas is reviewed regularly with their counselor. The key areas are as follows:

  • A recovery plan
  • Mental and emotional well being
  • Spiritual well being
  • Intimate relationships
  • Family relationships
  • Social relationships
  • Physical health and well being
  • Employment/training/education
  • Legal status
  • Financial management
  • Housing status
  • Hobbies/entertainment/creative activities

Beyond the core of our regular program, each individual is required to attend a minimum of four 12 step meetings a week, and is expected to work with a sponsor and join a home group while residing at Fresh Start. Fresh Start has created and implemented a very introspective and successful approach to every individual’s recovery process. A personalized case management plan is created following the initial assessment in order to create clear, measurable action steps underpinned by goal setting strategies. Every individual seeking recovery wants far more than to simply be clean, they want a life worth living and they want to clean up the wreckage of their past. Strong goal setting strategies throughout the individual’s recovery process shines a light forward, infuses hope and gives them a future they can look forward to.

After-care

We employ an interdisciplinary approach to treating addictions with the core of our treatment program based on the 12 Step approach. In all of our work, we remain constant to our core values: equality, empathy, trust, accountability, support, change, respect and individuality. We provide Bi-weekly check ins with an outreach counsellor and was as we have a strong alumni network.

PROGRAM COSTS

Fresh Start Recovery Centre provides affordable treatment for Canadians while providing exemplary service. 

Fresh Start's group completion rate average is between 80% - 85%  with 55% of men remained clean and sober one year later.

Please contact lisa@freshstartrecovery.ca for an employer infomation package including rates. 

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My name is Chris and I am an addict in recovery.

As tools in my recovery from addiction, fitness and connecting with nature are absolutely indispensable to me, and hopefully showing others and myself the benefits of these may act as a reminder that we can live better lives if we put in the effort. Training and racing with others in recovery helps to keep me on track with all the aspects of my recovery.As tools in my recovery from addiction, fitness and connecting with nature are absolutely indispensable to me, and hopefully showing others and myself the benefits of these may act as a reminder that we can live better lives if we put in the effort. Training and racing with others in recovery helps to keep me on track with all the aspects of my recovery.

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My name is Richy and I am an addict in recovery.

 

I have been battling addiction for 15 years. During that time, I have been in and out of correctional institutions and treatment centers. During my drug abuse, I ignored my physical health. I was skinny, sleep deprived and didn’t eat. I experienced psychosis from being awake for long periods of time. The people around me were concerned about my physical state. I was constantly stressed; a constant battle finding ways and means to get more. I was angry, and I took it out on everybody that I came across.

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He will be cycling home to Calgary July 20th around 2:00pm and will return home to speak at Fresh Start Recovery Centre on Friday the 21st at 10:30 am.  He will be sharing his story of addiction, the impact recovery and fitness has on his life, and sharing stories of the treatment centre's and the people he has met across the country these last seven weeks.   
 
Where – Fresh Start Recovery Centre -411 41st Ave NE
When -  July 21st, 2017 at 10:30 am

All are welcome.   Please park at the East side of our building. See you Friday.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug-17-2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program


Aug-17-2017
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

ALUMNI - Family Healing Program


Aug-24-2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Group Completion - Family Healing Program


Aug-24-2017
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

ALUMNI - Family Healing Program


Aug-26-2017
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

9th Annual 12 Stop Ride for Recovery