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 builds better employees.
Fresh Start Recovery Centre, founded in 1992, and selected as the number one treatment centre in Canada in 2014, 2013 and 2010, also ranked in the top 3 since 2006, by the Fraser institutes Donner Awards Program as a result of successfully delivering treatment, housing and support to people recovering from the disease of addiction.
With our success rate four times higher than the industry average we have been fortunate enough to build many positive relationships across the country. For us, 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, business, and contributing members of society.
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!
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 counselor. This strategy comprised of 12 key areas is reviewed regularly with their counselor. 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
- 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 shines a light forward, infuses hope and gives 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 Centre 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 [email protected] 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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