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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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The journey of addiction IS someone’s dark night of the soul… the journey of recovery asks us all to cast a light upon the silence, the shame and the stigma... and that takes courage.  We need you and your support to courageously shine the light. You have an opportunity to cast out the darkness.  You have an opportunity to be someone for someone. 

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Since the first Giving Tuesday in Calgary (#GivingTuesdayYYC) in 2013, many wonderful friends like you have helped be part of the recovery solution, got more people talking about how recovery is possible and contributed funds to make that recovery possible for those who couldn’t afford a meal, let alone a day of recovery.

 

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

You might be interested to know that this year there are many more opportunities for you to be involved with Fresh Start to continue to be an important part of the recovery movement, including coming down and being with us at the kickoff of Giving Tuesday in Calgary (#GivingTuesdayYYC) this year.

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Family Healing Program Weekend Intensive

Dec-14-2018  – Dec-16-2018 6:00 PM – 2:00 PM

411 41st Ave NE

Starting Friday Dec 14th 6pm-8pm Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm

For every single person with an addiction that struggles with the disease, there is a also a multitude of people that are also suffering. The torture of helplessly watching the erosion of a loved one’s life is devastating. If you have a person with a substance use disorder in your life, you likely know the feelings of helplessness, despair, and resentment. The good news is; you don’t have to live in the shadow of addiction. Our Family Healing Program (FHP) helps those who are closely associated with someone who is in their addiction (or recovery) deal with the effects of addiction on them and learn how to live in recovery also. Our FHP runs over a five week period, one night a week. It is imperative to attend all five weeks in order to understand and process all of the information. 

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