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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. Quality 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. Fresh Start operates a total of 96 beds; 50 Primary treatment beds and 46 beds in post treatment 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 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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FROM OUR BLOG

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So my ten year journey has been one with many, many setbacks and pain, but ultimately so much opportunity for growth. The NA/AA programs and steps let me see who I was, and all the love and encouragement I received from friends and family led me to a life worth living.

You can ask me has it been easy. No! I have never worked so hard in all my years. Yet the work goes on, progress, not perfection! Every day brings me closer to the man I should be, and further from the wretch I was. Keeping growth and gratitude is difficult, but the grace of God and the love I receive, keeps me there.

Is it easy? No!  Is it worth it Yes, yes and yes!

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We ARE a community that shows up for one another –whether you are a donor, supporter, family member, resident, alumni, volunteer, board member, staff or friend of Fresh Start - - this movement is about the tapestry of lives woven together to make lasting change… and change we are making. In ourselves, in others, in this city and country.

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Family Healing Program Alumni Meeting

Feb-14-2019
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This is a weekly meeting on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm at Fresh Start.  This meeting is open to anyone who has completed the Family Healing program. 
 
Alumni meetings are another tool to support the ongoing recovery of Alumni.  They serve as a bridge for the new members during the transition from attending group to life in their own homes and community.  For a newcomer in the FHP relationships to a group of people who share a common experience can be a key element to making that transition as smooth as possible.  These relationships foster a sense of unity, community, and belonging.  Having said that, this group will work most effectively with your help through attendance, chairing the meetings, being part of a planning committee and eventually creating an alumni board.    For more details please contact jennifer@freshstartrecovery.ca