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As Calgary’s oldest men’s treatment facility, 1835 House has been a valued asset to the community for nearly 50 years. First established in Mission in 1973, then later moved to 1835 27th Ave SW (hence, “1835 House”),  Recovery Acres (Calgary) Society (RACS) has helped more than 15,000 men and women find recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.

 

We’ve recently expanded to offer the CARE for Women program alongside 1835 House for men. For men total immersion in the 1835 House culture of recovery is a powerful experience. It has changed the lives of countless 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.

 

“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

- 1835 House Alumni

 

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

 

Many 1835 House & CARE for Women alumni go on to lead happy, productive lives free from addiction. They reunite with their families and loved ones. They succeed at work like never before. They become valued members of their communities. In many ways, community is the essence of recovery

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Mission Statement:

To provide substance use disorders treatment programs to restore individuals, families, and communities to wellness.

Vision Statement:

The Society will continue to strive to be the treatment centre of choice for those affected by alcoholism and drug addiction by ensuring that we are continuously adapting to the changing needs of our community.

Recovery Acres (Calgary) Society has a long standing presence in the Alberta Recovery Community and has evolved since our inception. With the assistance of stakeholders RACS added extended sober living in 2001 & CARE for Women in 2016. As an experienced addiction treatment provider we have honed our skills over the years. “The 1835 Recovery Model” was written and published in 2008, sharing our knowledge of residential treatment, residential recovery, mission, vision, philosophy, culture, model and purpose. 

To suit the ever changing landscape of the addictions field our team uses up to date best practices ever evolving a client centric treatment model. RACS has formulated client transition pathways, involving family, holistic care with an increasing focus on concurrent capabilities with proven success. 

RACS Alumni cultivate a culture of resilience within and outside of the recovery community becoming pillars of society. An ever growing population of alumni represents our organization, the tentacles of recovery exponentially reaching more people each year, reducing the stigma of addiction. With over 1700 alumni returning to our facility to accept a plaque for achieving one year of sobriety and over a 100 alumni returning to accept a 25 year plaque of continuous sobriety. Countless more may not have returned to accept these accolades but remain in their respective communities building recovery for themselves and others.

Rick Baker

Board Chair 

RACS Alumni

Rich WIllis

Treasurer

RACS Alumni

B-Com Accounting

Brad Wlasichuk

I am honored to be part of RACS. I am Proud of our almost 50 year history of effective treatment, the strength of our alumni and our ability to grow with the changing needs of men and women in our community.

Peter Conroy

RACS Alumni

Past Councilor 

Past Board Chair

Past Executive Director

Current Board Member

Kirk Weich

I joined the RACS board to ensure my friends and family that have experienced addiction challenges have a place to provide them with the critical support they need to heal.

Tony Bell

I discovered Recovery Acres 13 years into my own journey struggling with addiction.  I liked what I saw and am honoured to be able to be part of their efforts in helping others with their struggle.