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In a world of confusion, doubt and fear... Everyone deserves a chance.”
– Jan Gryckiewicz • CEO, Professional Excavators Ltd.

 

Workplace Addiction Recovery Solutions

Fresh Start understands the need to facilitate treatment quickly. Good treatment builds better employees.

Fresh Start Recovery Centre, founded in 1992, and selected as the number one treatment centre in Canada in 2014, 2013 and 2010, also ranked in the top 3 since 2006, by the Fraser institutes Donner Awards Program as a result of successfully delivering treatment, housing and support to people recovering from the disease of addiction.

With the success rate four times higher than the industry average we have been fortunate enough to build many positive relationships across the country. For us, success means helping men achieve and maintain abstinence while living healthy, happy and productive lives.

The ultimate goal for all of us is to return these individuals as productive members of families, business, and contributing members of society.

When an employee is in the disease of his addiction you can expect

  • 5x more WCB/WSIB claims
  • 3x more absenteeism
  • 3 x more late arrivals at work

When an employee is in recovery you can expect

  • Mental focus, higher productivity and better work habits
  • Overall health improvement
  • Sense of well being

In 2012 Fresh Start opened its new purpose built 40,000 square foot, 50 bed treatment centre in  Calgary. The building was designed with features to support all aspects of recovery: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual including a meditation room to allow for a wide variety of spiritual practices including smudging. The facility was built to address a growing need demonstrated through our large and growing wait list.

Fresh Start operates a total of 78 beds; 50 Primary treatment beds, 10 in second stage housing with supports and 18 in third stage housing with supports as part of a progressive approach to integrating people in recovery back into community living.

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Program

Core 12-Step Program

14- 16 week, abstinence based live in 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.  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. 

While in group the participant will explore various topics which include but are not limited to:

  • Working and understanding the 12 steps and 12 traditions
  • Addiction as a chronic brain disease and the underlying signs and symptoms
  • Understanding crisis periods and what to do
  • Relapse prevention
  • Stress management
  • Letting go and the grieving process
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Physical recovery
  • Family Healing Program

During the recovery process, each individual creates a comprehensive and personalized recovery strategy alongside his counselor.  This strategy comprised of 12 key areas is reviewed regularly with their counselor. The key areas are as follows:

  • A recovery plan
  • Mental and emotional well being
  • Spiritual well being
  • Intimate relationships
  • Family relationships
  • Social relationships
  • Physical health and well being
  • Employment/training/education
  • Legal status
  • Financial management
  • Housing status
  • Hobbies/entertainment/creative activities

Beyond the core of our regular program, each individual is required to attend a minimum of four 12 step meetings a week, is expected to work with a sponsor and join a home group while residing at Fresh Start. Fresh Start has created and implemented a very introspective and successful approach to every individual’s recovery process. A personalized case management plan is created following the initial assessment in order to create clear, measurable action steps underpinned by goal setting strategies. Every individual seeking recovery wants far more than to simply be clean, they want a life worth living and they want to clean up the wreckage of their past. Strong goal setting strategies throughout the individual’s recovery process shines a light forward, infuses hope and gives them a future they can look forward to.

After-care

We employ an interdisciplinary approach to treating addictions with the core of our treatment program based on the 12 Step approach. In all of our work, we remain constant to our core values: equality, empathy, trust, accountability, support, change, respect and individuality. We provide Bi-weekly check ins with an outreach counsellor and was as we have a strong alumni network.

PROGRAM COSTS

Fresh Start Recovery Centre provides affordable treatment for Canadians while providing exemplary service. 

Fresh Start's group completion rate average is between 80% - 85%  with 55% of men remained clean and sober one year later.

Please contact lisa@freshstartrecovery.ca for an employer infomation package including rates. 

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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