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It’s the ability to love and be loved, a willingness to forgive, it is compassion and celebrating the present. It is  also something you want to pay forward.”
– Lisa Simone - National Communications Director, FSRC

 

Recovering Gratitude

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“Fresh Start is honoured to be included in this prestigious group of the most effective Canadian charities that combat issues such as hunger, homelessness, health, and improving education. Certainly this distinction ultimately helps bring attention to the disease of addiction, the solution through recovery and helps us help the people who depend on us the most.” Mr. Stacey Petersen, RSW, Executive Director

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I edge God out of my life and consciousness. I almost never announce or declare in a loud voice or clear thought that I am terminating either my connection with God or my conscious contact with God. The separation and departure from God is always less clear. It is subtler and creeps rather than jumps. It is a process of Edging God Out rather than ruling Him out.

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The winner of the 2017 Indian Scout Motorcycle was Elaine Williams; she is the mother of our National Communications Director Lisa Simone. This family 2 weeks earlier lost their son; Lisa’s brother to an accidental overdose. Scott is not just a statistic he was a professional, a father, a son, a brother a loyal friend, a charismatic man AND he was addicted and in denial of his disease. 

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As the newest member of the Fresh Start Recovery Centre’s Counselling team I have been asked to write a short blog on who I am and what I’m about.

I have been working in the addictions field for 5 years, part time at a medical detox for 3 years and full time as an Intensive Case Manager, housing homeless individuals suffering from the disease of addiction.

 

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My name is Chris and I am an addict in recovery.

As tools in my recovery from addiction, fitness and connecting with nature are absolutely indispensable to me, and hopefully showing others and myself the benefits of these may act as a reminder that we can live better lives if we put in the effort. Training and racing with others in recovery helps to keep me on track with all the aspects of my recovery.As tools in my recovery from addiction, fitness and connecting with nature are absolutely indispensable to me, and hopefully showing others and myself the benefits of these may act as a reminder that we can live better lives if we put in the effort. Training and racing with others in recovery helps to keep me on track with all the aspects of my recovery.

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My name is Richy and I am an addict in recovery.

 

I have been battling addiction for 15 years. During that time, I have been in and out of correctional institutions and treatment centers. During my drug abuse, I ignored my physical health. I was skinny, sleep deprived and didn’t eat. I experienced psychosis from being awake for long periods of time. The people around me were concerned about my physical state. I was constantly stressed; a constant battle finding ways and means to get more. I was angry, and I took it out on everybody that I came across.

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He will be cycling home to Calgary July 20th around 2:00pm and will return home to speak at Fresh Start Recovery Centre on Friday the 21st at 10:30 am.  He will be sharing his story of addiction, the impact recovery and fitness has on his life, and sharing stories of the treatment centre's and the people he has met across the country these last seven weeks.   
 
Where – Fresh Start Recovery Centre -411 41st Ave NE
When -  July 21st, 2017 at 10:30 am

All are welcome.   Please park at the East side of our building. See you Friday.

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Landmines, I think the only landmine the person would have is themselves and the attitude they approach to work with this demographic of people, and to realize this is someone’s brother. This is someone’s father. This is someone’s mother. This is someone’s sister. To always exercise empathy and compassion, and to prepare yourself, they are not less. They are not less. They’ve got the disease of addiction. The brain doesn’t work the way everybody’s else does.

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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 dysfunctional home where there was no magic of Christmas or no 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.

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Starting May 28th, my goal is to cycle across Canada inspiring others to be vulnerable and ask for help; as well as join the fitness community and live a healthy lifestyle. My route from St. John's to Victoria will incorporate stops along the way at 10 or more treatment centres. I hope to share my story, help make connections to fitness, and donate $1000 to help set up fitness programs in the centres.

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FROM OUR BLOG

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“Fresh Start is honoured to be included in this prestigious group of the most effective Canadian charities that combat issues such as hunger, homelessness, health, and improving education. Certainly this distinction ultimately helps bring attention to the disease of addiction, the solution through recovery and helps us help the people who depend on us the most.” Mr. Stacey Petersen, RSW, Executive Director

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I edge God out of my life and consciousness. I almost never announce or declare in a loud voice or clear thought that I am terminating either my connection with God or my conscious contact with God. The separation and departure from God is always less clear. It is subtler and creeps rather than jumps. It is a process of Edging God Out rather than ruling Him out.

Read more

  

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The winner of the 2017 Indian Scout Motorcycle was Elaine Williams; she is the mother of our National Communications Director Lisa Simone. This family 2 weeks earlier lost their son; Lisa’s brother to an accidental overdose. Scott is not just a statistic he was a professional, a father, a son, a brother a loyal friend, a charismatic man AND he was addicted and in denial of his disease. 

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