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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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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

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

Family Healing Program Weekend Intensive


Dec-31-2018
9:00 PM –
Jan-01-2019
1:00 AM

NYE Clean and Sober Dance