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It’s the ability to love and be loved, a willingness to forgive, it is compassion and celebrating the present. It is  also something you want to pay forward.”
– Lisa Simone - National Communications Director, FSRC

 

Recovering Gratitude

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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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Landmines, I think the only landmine the person would have is themselves and the attitude they approach to work with this demographic of people, and to realize this is someone’s brother. This is someone’s father. This is someone’s mother. This is someone’s sister. To always exercise empathy and compassion, and to prepare yourself, they are not less. They are not less. They’ve got the disease of addiction. The brain doesn’t work the way everybody’s else does.

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I am Santa Claus. Well, not really, but I am to my six-year-old son. For the last seven years since my time at treatment I have been able to be, do and have all the things I was afraid of.  You see I grew up in dysfunctional home where there was no magic of Christmas or no Father’s Day. I did not have a dad around and my mom was always working, so I easily learned how to escape the pain of my family and to escape who I was and where I was. Drugs and alcohol were the fastest way to freedom until they eventually became my prison.

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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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On the one year anniversary of Dale Rasmussen’s passing; we want to remember the man, the message and the essence he brought to us.  Dale was not just a chef; but a treasure hunter. He uncovered both the blessings of this world and transforming, like a simple monk, the dark parts. He was about finding his passion, experiencing love, relationships, recovery, giving back, food, and introspection.  He had a quiet wisdom and when we were present to listen; this beautiful soul in a chef’s apron spoke of right and honest living.  Dale wrote this message for our newsletter back in 2013 - -feels fitting to share it today....

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Usually, I like to use the peer support. Within the group, as the outreach coordinator, I am responsible for the mentorship program as well. We assign a specific man further along in the program to new men.There’s the peer support model. In actual facilitation, it’s more psycho-informational rather than process-group. I present the information. I field any questions. Usually, for me, I will use a lot of information from our manual. I also share my personal experience with the men. I have that lived experience. I am in recovery. It can be part of what I do in facilitating. 

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For this article, five different professionals who are recovering addicts/alcoholics who had successfully completed Fresh Start’s 12-16 week program were interviewed to get their take on what it’s like to be an alcoholic/addict in a “professional environment”. These professionals include a CA/Comptroller, a Lawyer, an MBA/Systems Analyst, a Wealth Management Specialist and a Petroleum Engineer.

All five of these professionals share things in common; they are all well educated, come from a two parent homes where at least one parent has a university education, a stable job, a home, a car and a family. According to many of the societal yardsticks, they grew up as members of “good families”.

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Many people this year are looking for the newest iPhone, a new couch, or a vacation get-away?  While all those are quite nice, you know from experience that Christmas can ALSO FEEL special when you are part of giving to those who are looking for more hope. This Christmas especially, you can make a huge impact.

At Fresh Start we see the Christmas miracles that you and other’s make happen all the time.... like Tyler who was featured in our 2014 Christmas Message. That year he needed special permission to take his children - Jayne (6) and Jeffrey (5) - to New York to meet his family for Christmas. It was a big deal for all of them as they flew there and then home with hearts full of gratitude for the experience. 

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