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Fresh Start has never given up on me, so I will never give up on myself. I have the skills and the power to do anything I put my mind to.”
– Andrew M.

About Fresh Start

Addiction has no cure but has a solution. That solution is recovery. Let us show you how to live a life free from alcohol and other drugs. Reach out. We are here to help.

Fresh Start treatment 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, addicts can and do live healthy, happy and productive lives. 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. We see the lives restored and the families who have been brought together through recovery. Our nationally recognized treatment program offers an individual approach to recovering. There is no one size fits all treatment.

We offer a 14-16 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 HOUSE

Fresh Start - The House

Fresh Start is a 50-bed residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment centre for men in Calgary, Alberta. We base our program on the 12 steps and the Family Systems Method. We provide a comfortable environment where men and their families can escape addiction, and learn to live rewarding and fulfilling lives in recovery.

Fresh Start has been helping people live in recovery since 1992. Today we operate in a purpose-built facility that is one of the largest residential treatment centres in Alberta. Opened in winter 2011/12, our home is the result of years of planning and experience. We feel it provides the ideal setting for men and their families to begin their new lives, free from addiction. It’s a big, vibrant, and welcoming place, designed to feel like a home—in fact, our residents and staff alike refer to it as “the House”.

Fresh Start - interiorThe House features:

  • 26 residents’ rooms
  • Group and individual counseling rooms
  • Meditation room
  • Gymnasium
  • Dining hall
  • Three hot meals
  • Weight room
  • Games room
  • Movie theatre
  • Wellness assesment clinic
  • Laundry room
  • Donation room
  • Proximity to major transit routes
  • Wheelchair accessible
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FROM OUR BLOG

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In the last couple of weeks, Fresh Start has been blessed with three really exciting pieces of news that we would like to share with you. 

 

1. Charity Intelligence Canada has recognized Fresh Start as being a Top 10 Impact Charity in Canada for the fourth year in a row based on the high Social Return on Investment (SROI) that Fresh Start delivers to community. Click here for full announcement. This kind recognition is based on performance that doesn’t happen in isolation. It is the work of an entire community coming together to be bigger than the sum of the parts. These parts include:

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Our tag line is “Eat Good. Do Good” and that is exactly what our social enterprise food truck and soon to be café is doing. Serving up recovery themed items such as “The Dr. Bob (bacon burger) and The Bill Wilson (cheeseburger)” named after Alcoholics Anonymous’ founders; when you eat here you are doing more than just purchasing a meal, you could be saving a life.  The food truck is part of a social enterprise project under Fresh Start Recovery Centre's umbrella with all profits generated going back into helping more men and families get well from the disease of addiction.

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Tuesday I became a dad.  Yesterday was my one year anniversary with my amazing and supportive wife.  Today is my first Father's  Day with our five day old baby girl Zoey and on Tuesday we will be purchasing a condo in Hawaii (yes Hawaii) where we moved a few months ago.  To say my life is a miracle is an understatement; and with the gift I have an opportunity to share it with others in hopes of helping, inspiring,or perhaps creating a little more ease in ones life.  If you are struggling - I get it. I did too.  For most of my life.  What I know is that you have to want this.  With a true desire to change your life, a support system and a higher power - you can and will get better.  I offer you how i worked the steps as you must do the work also to get better.  Faith without works in dead. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Nov-15-2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program


Nov-21-2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Alumni Birthday Celebration


Nov-22-2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program


Nov-29-2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program


Dec-07-2018
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Christmas Open House

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