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The 14 week time commitment was small in comparison to what it gave me, it gave me my freedom, my life and my family back.”
– Steve B.

 

Men Looking for Treatment

Addiction has no cure but has a solution. We provide you that solution through 14- 16 weeks of treatment and the tools for you to build a solid foundation of recovery. 

Fresh Start treatment program 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, you can live a healthy, happy and productive life.  Located in Calgary, Alberta our facility is a 40,000 square foot purpose built home where we employ an interdisciplinary approach to treating addiction.  Our  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.  We see so many lives restored and families who have been brought together through this process. Our nationally recognized treatment program offers an individual approach to recovery. 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 Muay Thai physical training, balanced nutritional meals, Pure North S'energy assessment and support, and an opportunity to build a strong foundation of recovery.

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.  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. Our staff is integral to the success of Fresh Start. With over 300 years combined recovery experience, our dedicated team draws on both personal and professional experience for each and every person we serve. Our insight, compassion and understanding of addiction and recovery allow us to not only offer our residents  a home, but  also make them part of  a recovery family. With a 72% group completion rate and a 53% success rate of continuous abstinence based recovery at one  year. We invite you to call and see how we can help.  There is always hope.....Click the video link below and meet Alumnus Shanon. He shares his story of adversity, perseverance and transformation.  He is living proof that recovery works. 

 

 

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The Disease Concept

The overwhelming majority of medical opinion and practice supports the definition of addiction as a disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percent of people over the age of 18 who are regular drinkers – defined by at least 12 drinks in the past 12 months – is 51.5 percent.


Percentage of Canadians who are high risk drinkers:
13.6%
 


Percentage of current Canadian drinkers (of all ages and drinking levels) report some form of harm in the past year due to alcohol intake:

Source: national survey of canadians’ use of alcohol and other drugs: prevalence of use and related harms (June, 2005). Available at: www.ccsa.ca
20%
TO
THEMSELVES
33%
BY SOMEONE ELSE’s DRINKING
     


Percentage of hospitalizations directly attributable
to substance abuse:

8%
 



Percentage of days spent in hospital directly attributable
to substance abuse:

Source: Single, E., Robson, L., Xiaodi, X., and Rehm, J. (1996) The costs of substance abuse in Canada. Available at: www.ccsa.ca
10%
 
     



Number of babies born in Canada annually with
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:

Source: CCSA Literature Review: Evaluation strategies in Aboriginal Substance Abuse Programs: A discussion. (2004). Available at: www.ccsa.ca
1/day
 
     


Annual productivity losses in Canada in BILLIONS OF DOLLARS due to abuse of legal substances (including tobacco):

Source: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (1999) Canadian Profile 1999. Available at: www.ccsa.ca
11.8
IN BILLIONS
OF DOLLARS
 
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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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Bob L. at the Banff Round Up left us with this aphorism: “I was always cleaning up the wreckage of the future.”


One understanding of this is the fear and anxiety that I experience during the day. Often, I have started the day with a sense of impending doom. At other times, I don’t start with that feeling but acquire it through the day. The feeling seems to arise spontaneously. No reason or cause for that feeling of dread and doom that I can see or discern, but the feeling is there. And I combine this feeling with the alcoholic magic trick of converting feelings to facts. If I feel it, then it must be true.

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I am an alcoholic. I drank alcoholically all the time. That is an excellent name for my condition. It helps to know the name of the problem, but it does not fix it. I have to have a spiritual awakening to fix it, and I can achieve that by doing the steps. The steps have one promise and one promise only. The result of these steps is a spiritual awakening. That will fix the alcoholic problem.

I suffer from Narcissistic Injuries all the time. That is an excellent name for my sensitive nature. Narcissistic Injury – a psychological term - taking personally utterly indifferent and objective events. I do that when my sense of self is fragile and when I depend on life going my way all the time. It helps to have a name, but that does not fix it. I have to do something to fix it.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jul-25-2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Alumni Birthday Celebration


Aug-25-2018
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

12 Stop Ride for Recovery Motorcycle Road Rally


Aug-29-2018
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Alumni Birthday Celebration


Sep-13-2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

START DATE - Family Healing Program


Sep-20-2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Family Healing Program