Our House Addiction Recovery Centre offers a one-year residential addiction recovery program to men (18+) through shared accommodations of our 30-room facility. During this year, trained professionals guide residents through modules designed to equip them with the tools for long-term recovery. Dedicated to reducing the effects of substance use disorders and related mental health issues, we provide services unlike any other in Alberta, and are one of the few year-long residential treatment programs in Canada. Additionally, we offer outreach services to the community at large, including individual and family counselling as well as courses such as Mental Health First Aid.

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The following attempt to define addiction is taken from “Fundamentals of Addiction.” (CAMH)

The word addiction is often used to refer to any behaviour that is out of control in some way. People often describe themselves as being addicted to a TV show or to shopping, for example. The word is also used to explain the experience of withdrawal when a substance or behaviour is removed or discontinued (e.g., "I must be addicted to coffee—I get a headache when I don't have my cup in the morning"). However, neither enjoyment nor experiencing withdrawal necessarily implies addiction.
Because the term addiction is commonly used in such a vague way, there have been many attempts to define it more clearly. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (2019) provides this definition:
"Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences."

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases."

The above citations are meant to provide readers with a basis for understanding addiction as a mental health disease. They are not meant to take away from the varying, often complex issues that individuals with substance use and/or alcohol disorders face.

If you or one of your loves ones can identify with the above, we invite you to contact us to explore the options available for the road to recovery.

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We acknowledge Treaty 6 territory—the traditional and ancestral territory of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Regions 2, 3 and 4 within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.

I graduated from Our House in 2021 after being there for 13 months and by truly buying into the NA program and the ideas of “playing the tape forward”, and “one is too many and a thousand is never enough”. I was able to bring myself to a state of mind where I was comfortable telling myself and others that I am an addict choosing to stay sober, that I may want to use still, but cannot anymore. With the help of my counselor and the staff I was able to get to where I am today and can be comfortable around my family or friends when someone is drinking at a dinner, while camping or whatnot, because I know I cannot do that anymore. I am comfortable telling people that I cannot use and explaining why. It took practice and being very safe early on in situations to make sure that if I felt tempted, I had a way to remove myself from the situation and get somewhere where I could recognize the triggers and work my way through them.

Jordan P.

“My name is Shane, and I am a grateful, recovering addict. I began my journey of recovery 17 years ago after I lost my mother to suicide. My mother’s death was almost expected as she had been in and out of the mental hospital since I was 13 years old, but nevertheless it was a traumatizing event that sent me straight into a heavy downward spiral with an addiction to crack cocaine. After a hard bottom, I went to Henwood in 2002. I was relieved to have found a tried-and-proven formula to live a clean and sober life through 12-step meetings. Once clean, I decided to better my life by finishing my high school, upgrading, then going to college at NAIT. I graduated with a diploma in Construction Engineering Technology. I met the most beautiful woman in the world, both inside and out, and she invited me to church. I gave my life over to Jesus and we were married soon after. We had two beautiful daughters, bought a house, and life was amazing. In February of 2014 we had a son who we named Elijah. Elijah was in and out of the Stollery and when he was two years old, we found out he had a very rare genetic disorder. I did not deal with my feelings around Elijah`s disorder; I tried to stay busy working and disassociated. I relapsed after 5 years clean and started using opiates like fentanyl. I ended up separating from my wife and children, selling our house, and living on the streets for 3 months. My old sponsor and friend has been clean for 19 years and he recommended Our House. I went to detox, they helped me fill out an application to Our House and before I knew it, I was accepted into Our House, where I still live. God Bless Our House.”

Shane M.