Family Support

Throughout most of my adult life, I have entered programs and counselling and seen psychologists, all to figure out how better to serve the addict in my life… Not until this program did, I grasp that I was worthy of healing simply because I, as a human being, deserve my own care and kindness. I came to this program hurt and scared, tonight I finish this program with knowledge, camaraderie and most importantly…hope.

– Family Healing Program partcipant and alumni member.

The Fresh Start Family Healing Program

Our Family Healing Program helps those who are affected by someone’s addiction. The Program consists of weekly or weekend group sessions offered in-person and online. For the next program dates or for more information, please email or call (403)387-6266. 

For every single person with an addiction, there are a multitude of people who also suffer. The torture of helplessly watching the erosion of a loved one’s life is devastating. If you have a person with a substance use disorder in your life, you likely know the feelings of despair, fear and resentment. The good news is you don’t have to live in the shadow of addiction. Our Family Healing Program (FHP) helps those who are affected by the disease of addiction learn how-to live-in recovery also. 

We Provide

At Fresh Start, we know that recovery is possible not only for the person with the disease of addiction but also for the family, friends and community who suffer from the effects of this chronic illness.  You will have an opportunity to learn more about how the disease has been affecting you and discover new solutions that can start your healing.  You will be given an opportunity to explore and learn more about several topics, which include but are not limited to: 

  • The disease of addiction
  • Family Roles and Systems
  • Codependency
  • Boundaries
  • Letting go
  • The grieving processes
  • Guilt vs shame
  • Helping vs Enabling
  • Introduction to 12-step programs
  • Gratitude and forgiveness

his program has been developed with the knowledge that the disease of addiction is systemic in nature and that it can potentially affect a person’s quality of life as well as those close to them. 

Program Eligibility

Please know that The Family Healing Program is available to any person, friend or family member who has or has ever been affected by someone else’s addiction. This is open to anyone, not just to the people involved who have a loved one in our treatment program. 

Program Length

Our program runs for six consecutive weeks in the evening, and we also offer weekend sessions. For the next scheduled group availabilities, please email

Program Costs

We have worked hard to make our programming available to everyone. Payment for the program is available on a sliding scale, with the base cost of the program being $200.00. Financial assistance will be granted to those in need.


Monthly contact and additional counselling are available for those who wish to continue. We also encourage all FHP alumni to be part of our weekly FHP Alumni meetings.  Held Thursday evenings 7-8 pm in person and online.  

The Family Healing Program is made possible in part through funding from The Nickle Family Foundation and The Kinsmen Club of Calgary. 

Participant Testimonials


“I found the Family Healing Program to be the most helpful and informative program I have tried. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to appreciate others stories or if I would find them just too sad to listen too. However, they were so very helpful. Sad but helpful. I think it made me realize I’m not alone in my struggles with my loved one and everyone was very understanding and empathetic. I am now much stronger and have some tools to use when in conversation and dealing with my loved one. I also find it much easier to have conversations with other members of my family regarding my loved one. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is has a loved one struggling with addiction.”

Pam M 


“We are very happy our daughter recommended Fresh Start Family Healing Program. The program has given us more clarity and understanding around the issues with addiction and how it impacts family & friends. Our facilitator was an absolute godsend to this program with her insight and openness about her lived experiences and knowledge. She is so easy to talk with and eager to help everyone that needs her help. We are so grateful to know that Fresh Start continues to be with us even after the program has been completed. We are looking forward to continuing on with our healing and learning. Thank you.”



“Kate was very good at backing up topics of discussion with examples of how things worked and didn’t work in her personal life. The program was eye opening to how much work I have to do personally. Going into it I thought it was his problem and my fault. I’m working on accepting that addiction affects us all and that its not my fault. The 3 ‘c’s will now be a part of my morning chat to myself. I also realize how valuable it is to have people to listen to and share with that understand what I am going thru. I’m looking forward to keeping Fresh Start in my life.”


The Family Healing Program is made possible in part through funding from The Government of Alberta’s Community Initiatives Operating Grant Program.


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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