Employer Assistance

In a world of confusion, doubt and fear… Everyone deserves a chance.
– Jan Gryckiewicz • CEO, Professional Excavators Ltd.

Workplace Addiction Recovery Solutions

Fresh Start understands the need to facilitate treatment quickly. Quality treatment helps build better employees.

With our success rate four times higher than the industry average, we have been fortunate enough to build many positive relationships across the country. Success means helping men and women achieve and maintain abstinence while living healthy, happy and productive lives.

The ultimate goal for all of us is to return these individuals as productive members of families, businesses, and contributing members of society.

Fresh Start Recovery is a nationally recognized organization seen as a leader in the addiction sector. Established in 1992 and now with locations in both Calgary and Lethbridge, we continue to provide solutions that recover lives by housing, treating, and supporting individuals affected by addiction.

Fresh Start Recovery’s treatment program recognizes addiction as a chronic brain disorder. Treatment can help facilitate a life of recovery, empowering individuals to live healthy and productive lives free from the effects of addiction.

We employ an interdisciplinary approach to treating addiction specifically tailored to an individual’s needs. Fresh Start Recovery aligns with the philosophy that recovery is a process of restoring an individual’s sense of belonging through the re-connection to self, others, and community. We utilize a comprehensive goal-setting strategy, building resiliency through developing and exploring interpersonal relationships, spirituality, education, employment, housing, culture, and a further introspective look at oneself.

This approach is enhanced through recreational and therapeutic activities conducted in an atmosphere conducive to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual growth. Our peer support model runs in unison with our treatment model of integrated chronic care, a base derived from the 12-step abstinence model of recovery and underpinned by a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of therapy.

Our staffing model is exceptionally diverse and eclectic in nature. We have approximately 300 years of combined lived experience amongst our employees, giving us the ability to bring forth a practical, empirically based approach to treatment, reinforced with varying degrees of academic recognition. Our insight, compassion, and understanding of addiction and recovery allow us to offer our clients a safe refuge from addiction and engage them in becoming part of our recovery community.

When an employee is in the disease of his addiction you can expect

  • 5x more WCB/WSIB claims
  • 3x more absenteeism
  • 3 x more late arrivals at work

When an employee is in recovery you can expect

  • Mental focus, higher productivity and better work habits
  • Overall health improvement
  • Sense of well being

In 2012 Fresh Start opened its new purpose built 40,000 square foot, 50 bed treatment centre in Calgary. The building was designed with features to support all aspects of recovery: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual including a meditation room to allow for a wide variety of spiritual practices including smudging. Fresh Start operates a total of 96 beds; 50 Primary treatment beds and 46 beds in Community Continued-Recovery Housing with supports, as part of a progressive approach to integrating people in recovery back into community living. In November of 2020, Fresh Start acquired a location in Lethbridge that treat both men and women and in 2023 we opened a 50 bed Recovery Community in Lethbridge to serve Albertans with up to one year of treatment support.


Core 12-Step Program

14-16 week, abstinence-based live-in program includes daily individual and group counselling sessions throughout the course of the program. This is reinforced with enhanced recreational and therapeutic activities conducted in an atmosphere conducive to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth.  The peer support component of our program runs parallel to our core treatment model of integrated chronic care.  We employ the 12-step abstinence model of recovery as our base for treatment, and this is supported within a bio-psycho-social model of therapy.

While in group the participant will explore various topics, which include but are not limited to:

  • Working and understanding the 12 steps and 12 traditions
  • Addiction as a chronic brain disease and the underlying signs and symptoms
  • Understanding crisis periods and what to do
  • Relapse prevention
  • Stress management
  • Letting go and the grieving process
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Physical recovery
  • Family Healing Program

During the recovery process, each individual creates a comprehensive and personalized recovery strategy alongside his counsellor.  This strategy, comprised of 12 key areas, is reviewed regularly with their counsellor. The key areas are as follows:

  • A recovery plan
  • Mental and emotional well-being
  • Spiritual well being
  • Intimate relationships
  • Family relationships
  • Social relationships
  • Physical health and well-being
  • Employment/training/education
  • Legal status
  • Financial management
  • Housing status
  • Hobbies/entertainment/creative activities

Beyond the core of our regular program, each individual is required to attend a minimum of four 12-step meetings a week, is expected to work with a sponsor and join a home group while residing at Fresh Start. Fresh Start has created and implemented a very introspective and successful approach to every individual’s recovery process. A personalized case management plan is created following the initial assessment in order to create clear, measurable action steps underpinned by goal-setting strategies. Every individual seeking recovery wants far more than to simply be clean, they want a life worth living and they want to clean up the wreckage of their past. Strong goal-setting strategies throughout the individual’s recovery process shine a light forward, infuse hope and give them a future they can look forward to.


We employ an interdisciplinary approach to treating addictions with the core of our treatment program based on the 12-step approach. In all of our work, we remain constant to our core values: equality, empathy, trust, accountability, support, change, respect and individuality. We provide Bi-weekly check-ins with an outreach counsellor and have a strong alumni network.




Fresh Start Recovery has multiple supported Post-Treatment housing solutions in Calgary and Lethbridge to help support our alumni with the aftercare and continuum of care needed to return back to work, family and community.


Fresh Start Recovery provides affordable treatment for Canadians while providing exemplary service.

In 2019 Fresh Start’s group completion rate average was 85 % with 56% of men remained clean and sober one year later.

Please contact Pat@freshstartrecovery.ca for an employer information package including rates.


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 https://www.alberta.ca/addiction-mental-health.aspx

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Fresh Start Recovery’s 2023 Annual Report

Fresh Start Recovery’s 2023 Annual Report

Reflecting on the past year, we've woven a rich tapestry that showcases our collective achievements. To discover our 2023 milestones, click the link below or visit our Annual Reports page.  We're deeply grateful to our community for your support. Together, we achieve...

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