Begin Your Journey  

Men from all walks of life come to 1835 House in hopes of a brighter future. At first glance, these men may look very different from one another, but they all seem to have one thing in common.

- Stian Rorstad




Under guidance from Alberta Health Services(AHS) and the City of Calgary, we continue to monitor the COVID -19 situation. Recovery Acres (RAS) is committed to ensuring everyone’s continuing health and safety. We recognize the challenge and responsibility we all share during this difficult time.


1835 HOUSE 6:15 MEETING / ALUMNI MEETING in person attendance has been suspended till further notice 

April 15, 2021



  • Recently traveled to/from or been in contact with someone who has travelled outside of Canada. 


  • Have been in close contact with a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19;


  •  You are feeling unwell, whether your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 or not.




  • Wash your hands for at least (20 seconds) upon entering our facilities; 


  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;


  • Use hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility.

We continue to assess operational risk and we will keep our community informed of changes or cancellations. Please refer to and social media for further updates.                     


April 15, 2021

1835 HOUSE

Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Programs utilizing highly effective and proven Mental Health Counselling and Recovery Groups.

Obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle free from Substance Use, specifically suited to Men's needs.


"I took what I learned from 1835 HOUSE and have been doing that for 30 years. It's where I learned to live free from old behaviours"

- 1835 HOUSE Alumni

Program Features: 

- Intensive Recovery Groups

- Introduction to the 12-Step Model of Recovery

- Strong Abstinence Based Culture 

- Counselling Staff Onsite 24 Hours a day/7 Days a Week

- Relapse Prevention & Alumni Support 

- Structured Schedule to Create Effective Change

- After Care with Ongoing Support and Access

- Individualized Psychological Services


CARE ~ Co-occurring Addiction Recovery Essentials for Women


Comprehensive outpatient treatment for women with substance use disorders that co-occur with mental health challenges

Recovery for Women


CARE for Women is a trauma-informed and best-practice designed program. It is facilitated by credentialed staff in a safe and supportive group setting. We address the root contributing factors, unique needs and challenges that women face to achieve a successful long-term recovery.

"I've been to a lot of treatment centres and part of a lot of groups, and this is by far the best. The presenters get down to the real issues and emotions. It's been life-changing. Thank you!"

- CARE Alumni

This program is designed for women with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health challenges. Research has established that mental health and addiction are connected. More often than not, substance use is often affected by symptoms related to:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Unresolved trauma

  • Insecure or avoidant attachment issues

  • Unhealthy relationships and interpersonal conflict

  • Identity development issues

  • Family of origin issues


To effectively treat addiction and work towards a successful long-term recovery, all CARE clients receive a full psychodiagnostic assessment, as well as tailored treatment recommendations based on a clinical interview and psychometric test results.



1835 House:

Our admission procedure is a simple, two stage process.

If you have decided you want help, 1835 House makes the admission process simple and comfortable.


Withdrawing from any substance, can be a dangerous process. We recommend you consult with a physician or seek a medically supervised detoxification at a medically supervised detox facility. 1835 House is not a medical facility and cannot supervise this stage of the recovery process.


Once an individual has achieved 5 days free from mind-altering substances, they can call, email, or contact us through this website.

We go through a quick screening over the phone to ensure there are no immediate obstacles to receiving treatment.

We then schedule an in-person interview to get to know you, offer you a chance to get to know us, and to ensure that your recovery goals can be met by our model of recovery.

Following a successful interview, an intake schedule will be established.

1835 House accepts those who are:

Adults (18+) with a Substance Use Disorder

Free from mind-altering substances for a minimum of five days (prior to booking interview)

Able to work full-time following our 42 day program (for long-term Men's Residential Program clients)

Able to commit to a minimum of 3 weeks away from work (for our Day Program clients)

Have no court dates pending/scheduled during treatment period







CARE for Women:

Our admission procedure is a simple process.

If you have decided you want help, CARE for Women makes the admission process simple and comfortable.

You can call, email, or contact us through this website.

We go through a quick screening over the phone to ensure suitability for program.

We then schedule an in-person interview to get to know you, offer you a chance to get to know us, and to ensure that your recovery goals can be met by our model of recovery.

Following a successful intake interview, a group start date will be established.

CARE for Women accepts Adults (18 or older). 


Our Treatment Models



At 1835 House the starting point in recovery is abstinence from mind altering substances.

We provide practical tools and treatment that help men learn to live free from old behaviours. 

Over the course of treatment 1835 House provides resources, practical tools, mentorship, counselling, and support. Counsellors who are also in recovery are available to clients on-site 24/7.


Both Residential and Day Programs include structured days and participation in a respectful and supportive group setting.

Clients learn new tools for coping with behaviours through an intensive recovery-oriented curriculum.

Working a 12-step program, attending meetings, and establishing a place within a community of recovering peers is the foundation of this healing journey.

Psychological Health & Substance Disorder services at CARE for Women and 1835 House provided by Dr. John Streukens, Ph.D. (Ed), M.Ed., R. Psych., CRHSPP, ICCDPD, RSAS, SAP, of SAE Psychological Consulting. Dr. Streukens brings over 30 years of clinical experience in treating addictions, substance use disorders, mental health, and the development of co-occurring disorder programs.



1835 House is a Fully Accredited Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facility in Calgary, Alberta. It's known in recovery circles for the quality of its programs. Over the course of 48 years, 1835 House has helped more than 14,000 men.


A long history of recovery from Substance Use, lines the walls of 1835 House. Plaques to commemorate the first year of freedom from behaviours, for more than 1,500 Alumni, serve as inspiration to men who are currently in treatment. Plaques for the Quarter Century Club also recognize more than 80 Alumni who have lived behaviour free for 25 years or longer.




CARE for Women is a trauma-informed and best-practice designed program. It is facilitated by credentialed staff in a safe and supportive group setting. We address the root contributing factors, unique needs and challenges that women face to achieve a successful long-term recovery. 


Men's - Day Program


3-6 weeks

Monday to Friday

9:00am – 7:15 pm

The Day Program is designed for clients who feel an out-patient treatment option best suits their circumstances. The primary objective of this program is to support men in obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle free from mental health concerns. Clients focus on recognizing and accepting old behaviours, and developing coping skills that will help prevent relapse.


The Day Program includes:


  • One on one counselling

  • Counsellor facilitated group discussions

  • Introduction to the Twelve Step Model of Recovery

  • Peer support and recovery support meetings

  • Recovery-related curriculum and assignments

  • Aftercare planning

Men's - Residential Program


42 day minimum stay, with extended stay available for up to 6 months


Flexibility for progressing clients who would benefit from staying more than six months

Provincially funded men's residential treatment for Alberta Residents Call for full details  403-245-1196

Total immersion in the 1835 House culture of recovery is a powerful experience. It has changed the lives of thousands of men who made the decision to commit to their recovery program. The 1835 Recovery Model emphasizes a supportive and respectful group setting, with 24/7 access to counsellors who have first-hand experience in recovery. Residency offers time for individuals to grow and learn in a stable environment, aided by the mentorship of Alumni and peers.


The primary objective of the Residential Program is to help men obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle that is free from substance use. Clients begin with a focus on recognizing and accepting behaviours, and quickly begin to develop skills to achieve and maintain long term sobriety. Through introduction to the Twelve Step Recovery Model – both within the house and in the community – our clients develop a strong external support system, in addition to the 1835 House community.


Becoming a productive member of their community and society is an integral part of our model of recovery. Following the 42 day treatment program, many clients choose to enter Phase 2 of treatment in which they are required to return to work or find new employment. A job contributes to self-esteem and confidence. 1835 House provides support for men in early recovery as they seek employment, implement problem-solving skills learned in their program, and meet real-world challenges as they arise. Clients experience steady growth into healthy self-sufficiency, building new connections and strengthening their support network.


The Residential Program includes:

  • One on one counselling, available 24/7

  • Counsellor facilitated group discussions

  • Introduction to the Twelve Step Model of Recovery

  • Recovery support meetings

  • Recovery-related curriculum and assignments

  • Psychological assessment

  • Referrals to external support agencies (skill upgrading, additional mental health support)

  • Employment search support

  • Aftercare planning

Men's - Transitional Housing Program



The Transitional Housing Program is designed for men who have completed the Residential Program and have secured employment, who opt to live offsite but continue to receive ongoing counselling support and deepen their recovery practices. Clients still have responsibilities at the house, including attendance of a minimum of two meeting per week at 1835 House, providing mentorship to new clients and regular conversations with staff and counsellors.


Transitional housing is within walking distance of 1835 House, and the accommodation is shared with other clients who are also beginning to move toward independent living. This framework creates a supportive environment for men as they transition out of residential treatment, strengthens their recovery and reduces the risk of relapse. Staying in transitional housing for up to two years following residential treatment also allows clients additional time to resolve personal issues, pursue part time education/job skill training, while developing confidence and independence. Clients continue to develop a fellowship with others in recovery that will last for years to come.


Clients in the Transitional Housing Program play an active role in the 1835 Seniors Group and are integral members of the 1835 House recovery community.

Women's - Day Program 

Program Format



The CARE program is delivered in two phases over a period of three months. Phase One takes place over ten days: Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm for two weeks. Phase Two is 10 weeks of Relapse Prevention; a 90-minute evening group session held once a week. Clients receive comprehensive psychoeducational content, psychometric testing and clinical assessment, detailed treatment recommendations, integrated with group work and alongside a 12-Step recovery community.  Clients with 100% attendance and consistent engagement receive a Certificate of Completion.


Phase One: 10-day intensive psychoeducational content, 12-Step overview, psychodiagnostic testing and treatment recommendations  

Phase Two: 10 weekly relapse prevention group follow up sessions and alumni group meetings

Post Program Support: continued involvement through in-house 12-Step alumni group meetings



  • Bio-psycho-social-spiritual factors linked to addiction

  • Stress management

  • Emotional regulation and anger management

  • Establishing balance in life, healthy boundaries, and practicing self-care

  • Communication strategies to express needs, boundaries, and work through conflict

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: identifying, challenging, and replacing distorted thought patterns that support depression and anxiety

  • Building and maintaining healthy supportive relationships

  • Relapse prevention and planning ahead for triggers

  • 12-Step overview

  • Effective practical tools to make lasting healthy change

Child Care


The CARE program is formatted to allow women with school aged children to drop off and pick up their children outside of program hours.  Mothers with younger children can access in-house child-minding services during the CARE Intensive Day Program. 

Women's - Program Requirements 

Abstinence – Participants must be free from drug and alcohol consumption 5 days prior to entering the program

Psychological Stability – Psychological stability is required in order to enter this program. Individuals diagnosed in an acute state of psychological instability must be stabilized through prescribed treatment directives prior to attending the CARE Intensive Day Program. Women who are in active psychosis are not appropriate candidates for this model of treatment.

Women's - Program Fee & Financial Support

Recovery Acres is a nonprofit, registered charity.  We strive to maintain affordable treatment programs so that clients across financial situations and backgrounds may access life changing supports.  


The CARE Program fee is $1950.  The cost covers both the Intensive psychoeducation and Relapse Prevention phases, psychological assessment, and treatment recommendations.  Ongoing individual counselling is also offered to CARE alumni at a reduced rate.  Women cannot opt to participate in only one of the phases for a reduced fee.  Some women may qualify for financial support.  Contact us for more information.


Contact Us

1835 - 27th Avenue SW | Calgary , Alberta | T2T 1H2



 Tel: 403-245-1196

Fax: 403-244-4019

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