Becoming Santa Claus…..

addiction, family healing, recovery

I am Santa Claus. Well, not really, but I am to my six-year-old son. For the last seven years since my time at treatment I have been able to be, do and have all the things I was afraid of.

You see I grew up in a dysfunctional home where there was no magic of Christmas or Father’s Day. I did not have a dad around and my mom was always working, so I easily learned how to escape the pain of my family and to escape who I was and where I was. Drugs and alcohol were the fastest way to freedom until they eventually became my prison.

I was not a bad person those years growing up. But I was a sick person. When I finally had enough I reached out to my boss who was “in recovery” and he helped me, he told me he understood, and he got me into treatment. Detox and treatment were tough but slowly my life has gotten better and my spirit has come alive again. I am a good father, a good husband, a hard worker, a loyal friend, and I am making my life mean something. I share my story so I can help make a difference for other men, so they can reach out if they are struggling with addiction. This isn’t something we can do alone.

I learned that substance use and addiction starts for most people in their youth. People don’t need to wait until they hit a bottom before they get the help they need.

For Father’s Day this year and for the past five years, I send a donation to Fresh Start to help another man get the help he needs. Fresh Start is nationally recognized for their addiction treatment program and I have the privilege of being part of the Fresh Start alumni and have seen many men get better and grow into amazing men and great Fathers.

Consider joining me this Father’s Day by honouring your dad, grandpa, or perhaps a father you admire by making a donation to Fresh Start and sending a card to that special father – start by clicking here.

Much Love Derek C


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

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.

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