About Us

Fresh Start has never given up on me, so I will never give up on myself. I have the skills and the power to do anything I put my mind to.
– Andrew M.

About Fresh Start

Reach out. We are here to help.

Fresh Start treatment 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, people that struggle with addiction can and do live healthy, happy and productive lives. Our goal is to send parents back to their kids, sons and daughters back to their families, and to restore people back into community.

With our intensive treatment program and solid community support, we see that this is reality. We see the lives restored and the families who have been brought together through recovery. Our nationally recognized treatment program offers an individual approach to recovering. There is no one size fits all treatment.

We offer a 14-16 week program with one on one counselling, group facilitated healing, Ron Jarrett with Mission Fitness physical training, balanced nutritional meals and an opportunity to build a strong foundation of recovery.

The Calgary Residence

Fresh Start’s Calgary location is a 50-bed long term recovery addiction treatment centre for men.We base our program on the 12 steps model and the Family Systems Method. We provide a comfortable environment where men, women and families can get the support they need and learn to live healthy, rewarding and fulfilling lives in recovery.

The Lethbridge Residence

Fresh Start Lethbridge location is a 23-bed long term addiction treatment centre for both men and women. Located in the  beautiful Lethbridge country side we base our program on the 12 steps model and the Family Systems Method. We provide a comfortable environment where men, women and families can get the support they need and learn to live healthy, rewarding and fulfilling lives in recovery.

The House in Calgary features:

  • 26 client rooms
  • Group and individual counseling rooms
  • Meditation room
  • Gymnasium
  • Dining hall
  • Three hot meals
  • Weight room
  • Games room
  • Movie theatre
  • Laundry room
  • Clothing donation room
  • Proximity to major transit routes
  • Wheelchair accessible

The House in Lethbridge features:

  • 23 client beds
  • Group and individual counseling rooms
  • Meditation room
  • Dining hall
  • Three hot meals
  • Weight room
  • Laundry room
  • Outdoor volleyball court
  • Auxiliary buildings

Fresh Start Recovery Centre delivers SROI beyond 23:1

In 2013 Success Markets Inc. (SMI) – a Washington, DC research group – conducted an extensive study of Fresh Start’s impact on the community and found Fresh Start’s addiction recovery program to be ‘highly effective.’

“We recently revised all estimates for consistency and have found that Fresh Start’s limits have increased from a Lower Bound (LB 17) and Upper Bound (UB 29) to an LB 22 and UB 43 so while a SROI of around 23 is still valid a Best Estimate (BE 31) is probably a more accurate estimation.

Donations to Fresh Start Recovery Centre’s (FS) drug and alcohol recovery programs are exceptionally effective in helping men and their families facing the dire consequences of addiction begin recovery and successfully regain control of their lives. While an agency of last resort for many, FS has proven highly successful in helping even long-time addicts regain sobriety. For example, 51% of men who completed a FS program in 2014 celebrated a year of post-treatment sobriety in 2015; this compares very favourably with national rates of 5% to 10% in Canada.”

~ Dr. Terry Colvin, President and Founder, Success Markets Inc.

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The Government of Alberta supports Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and Recovery-Oriented Communities of Care which include addiction treatment and post-treatment housing. Their goal is to create lasting Recovery in Alberta for individuals, families, and entire communities promoting the fact that Recovery is Real, Attainable, and Sustainable. All Albertans can experience the positive and healing effects of Recovery Capital. For more information please visit their website https://www.alberta.ca/addiction-mental-health.aspx

Mission Fit

Ron Jarrett, owner of Mission Fitness is what a committed and helpful community partner is all about. He trains the clients in the house weekly and believes that true strength and progress can only be made from a solid foundation.  That foundation includes alignment, mobility and stability, and must address any muscular imbalances, weaknesses and lack of connection.  Achieving this level means the body is able to progress safely without fear of injury. www.missionfit.ca

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Family Healing Program Online Starting January 6th 2022

Family Healing Program Online Starting January 6th 2022

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Giving Tuesday November 29th 2022

Giving Tuesday November 29th 2022

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