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

I have been a drinker or addict for most of my life since the age of 14, I am now 44. My addictions have taken me to dark places, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually! Even through some of the worst times of my life I have always found peace out in nature, the more I am out there the fuller I feel inside. 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. The added benefit of feeling good about my accomplishments after putting in the hard work is applicable to all aspects of my life, and having so many great people behind us in everything just helps to reinforce that recovery is truly a team effort, even though we ultimately race alone!

We have formed a team called the reocvery runners and will be running this weekend in the Canmore Triathalon X-terra. Please come out and cheer us on or if you would like to donate to help please visit Fresh Starts website.

No one can do recovery for you, but you can not do recovery alone.

Kindly, Chris Oliver


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.

for more information about Fresh Start Recovery Centre or any of our programs.

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