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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 14 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 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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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