Family Support

An excellent program. Thank you for helping me understand the importance of boundaries and consequences. This has also changed my son’s attitude towards me. He has found out I now will enforce the boundaries and he better understands the consequences because of it.
– Family Healing Program partcipant and alumni member.

The Fresh Start Family Healing Program

Our Family Healing Program helps those who are closely associated with addicts deal with the effects of addiction and learn how-to live-in recovery. The Program consists of 2-hour group sessions, held once a week in the evening, over the course of five weeks. The next program runs January 5th, 2023, for more information please email Ka**@fr****************.ca or call (403)387-6266 for more information. 

For every single person with an addiction that struggles with the disease, there is a also a multitude of people that are also suffering. 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 helplessness, despair, 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 closely associated with someone who is in their addiction (or recovery) deal with the effects of addiction on them and learn how-to live-in recovery also. Our FHP runs over a five-week period, one night a week.

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 also 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 start with 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

This 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 man, woman, or family member that presently has or ever has been affected by someone else’s addiction. This is open to anyone not just for the families involved with someone that has a loved one in our treatment program.

Program Length

Our program runs for five consecutive weeks in the evening from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Next scheduled group starts January 5th from 6:00 till 8:00pm.

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 counseling is available for those who wish to continue. We also encourage all FHP alumni to be part of our weekly FHP Alumni meetings.  See event schedule for times and dates.

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

Participant Testimonials


“I am glad that this program was offered to me and that Kate took time to get to know my situation. The program and Kate in particular gave me insights that have led to a personal and painfully cathartic healing journey. Throughout most of my adult life I have entered programs, counseling 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.”

“Kate was very good at backing up topics of discussion with examples of how things worked/ 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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