There is a Crack in Everything

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Leonard Cohen’s legendary lyric “there is a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in” has become somewhat iconic for the human experience, fostering a new appreciation for authenticity and vulnerability as a starting point for healing and reconciliation. All of us have flaws or “cracks”. Acknowledging these “cracks” is courageous and gives us an opportunity to dig deeper, reach out and work with our struggles as a catalyst for healing. These cracks can also create opportunities for connection to share with others and help them heal too.

It is said that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but connection. Many of us learned early on that we had to be self-sufficient. Some of us took this notion too far by becoming isolated and lonely; for many of us the urge to reach out has never truly been developed. We are helping to foster that change.

YOU are an integral part of creating a bridge between isolation and connection, between addiction and the road to recovery. Your support ensures that we are here when men and families are ready to seek help and create greater connections that benefit us all. You have the power to make recovery possible.

Most of the men who walk up the front steps of Fresh Start seeking treatment feel broken. Each man has been beaten up in his addiction mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually…. and he is suffering. It is here, when he surrenders that we are able to help him see and begin to appreciate his ‘cracks’. It is here, where healing for him and his family can begin. It is here, where you have an opportunity to help him heal and see that his scars are something beautiful that were forged through experience and can also help others.

You, and others like you, are the ones who have made hope possible beyond these front steps.

This holiday season your donation is the light of hope. Click here to donate and share your light.


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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