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Welcoming Brad....


As the newest member of the Fresh Start Recovery Centre’s Counselling team I have been asked to write a short blog on who I am and what I’m about.

I have been working in the addictions field in Calgary for five years, part time at a medical detox for three years and full time as an Intensive Case Manager, housing homeless individuals suffering from the disease of addiction.

During these five years, I attended Fresh Starts Gratitude Ceremonies to support the men whose celebration was absent of family. I too graduated from a treatment centre and no one showed up as I had burned too many bridges and said one too many sorry’s. I thought I could be a support as a living amends to doing the right thing.

Sitting on the sidelines alone at these ceremonies I was always envious of the Fresh Start staff on the other side of the room and hoped that one day I could work for such an organization. Well today, after doing the next right thing, living within Spiritual Principles and having guidance from something bigger than myself, I now sit on the “other side”.

I am so grateful for this opportunity to be part of an organization that not only saves lives but heals families as well, and I look forward to a rewarding and gratuitous career at Fresh Start Recovery Centre.

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Running for my Life


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

I have been a drinker or addict for most of my life since the age of 14, I am now 44. My addictions have taken me to dark places, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually! Even through some of the worst times of my life I have always found peace out in nature, the more I am out there the fuller I feel inside. 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. The added benefit of feeling good about my accomplishments after putting in the hard work is applicable to all aspects of my life, and having so many great people behind us in everything just helps to reinforce that recovery is truly a team effort, even though we ultimately race alone!

We have formed a team called the reocvery runners and will be running this weekend in the Canmore Triathalon X-terra. Please come out and cheer us on or if you would like to donate to help please visit Fresh Starts website.  

No one can do recovery for you, but you can not do recovery alone.

Kindly, Chris Oliver

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Recovery Runner Richy


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.

April 12, 2016, I stopped using all drugs. During that time, I discovered the importance of fitness in my recovery. There are days when I feel stressed and frustrated. I find that when I focus on physical activity, rather than acting out, I feel relief from stress and anger. I had an opportunity to do a marathon in April and this gave me a desire to want to achieve more physically. I found out about the Canmore X-terra off-road triathlon and I was intrigued. I began training with a friend. I had to undertake swimming, which was a tough task. I hadn’t been in a pool for a long time. The first lap was a struggle, however with practice I can now swim at least 500 meters in a row. I have also been training with biking and long-distance running. I find that these activities have become a type of meditation for me. I need to be in the moment, and paying attention to both my surroundings and to my own body. This has also helped break down the barriers of fear because this is a big accomplishment. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be ready, not being able to swim and ultimately the fear of failure, not living up to my own expectations. Through perseverance I have not given in, haven’t given up. I put in commitment and hard work. Proving to myself that I can do it. This has built my self-esteem and confidence. Being able to achieve what I have already achieved is a big thing. I believe that fitness is an important part of my recovery.

When first coming in to recovery everything seems insurmountable and almost out of reach. I encourage you to reach beyond your comfort zone. Set your goals high. Through perseverance and commitment, I have found that goals I thought were out of my reach I have accomplished and have opened doors to greater accomplishments. I want to bring awareness that addiction doesn’t limit us as addicts/alcoholics. With commitment, we can achieve great success. I have been able to do this by incorporating physical fitness into my recovery program.

Richy

To donate and help support Richy and others like him please vist our donation website.

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As the newest member of the Fresh Start Recovery Centre’s Counselling team I have been asked to write a short blog on who I am and what I’m about.

I have been working in the addictions field for 5 years, part time at a medical detox for 3 years and full time as an Intensive Case Manager, housing homeless individuals suffering from the disease of addiction.

 

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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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Blog post summary picture

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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