Substance Abuse

Substance Dependence





The 12 Steps






Stage One

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Welcome, my name is Ralph V.W. and I created this site as an educational tool for the many people I receive calls from in the Calgary area. I am a certified addiction counsellor and experiential therapist in private practice. The information in this website has been compiled over the last twenty plus years from both professional and personal experience. This site is a work in progress. If you find anything difficult to accept take what you like and leave the rest. If you have any question(s) regarding any part of the information please email me.

This recovery information is for people inquiring about addiction for himself or herself or someone they are in relationship with. My hope is this site will educate and encourage all in the addictive relationship to understand the need for their own recovery by providing information regarding the nature of the addictive system and our recommended treatment.

All people involved in addiction lose parts of themselves to the disease (state of dis-ease). The addict loses him or herself to the substance or other/ behavioural addiction in terms of self- respect, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. The same is true for those in relationship with an addict including spouse, children, parents, friends, coworkers and society at large.

This recovery program is designed to assist:

  • Any alcohol, drug, or otherwise addicted person
  • Those concerned with an addict in their life.
  • Recovering addicts, dry drunks, chronic relapsers
  • Family and friends exploring their own recovery
  • Parents of addicts who want contribute to recovery
  • Enablers & codependents
  • Adult children of alcoholics
  • Survivors of abuse
  • Any individual interested in stage 2 recovery
  • Behaviour addicts

  • This program consists of support group meetings, group therapy and individual counselling. If you are wanting to learn more about the recovery program you are welcome to attend the support group meetings which consist of a video followed by a discussion of the recovery process. Meetings are made up of members in the program and are held at room 200 A 200 Haddon Rd. S.W. on Saturdays at 11 am and Sundays at 10 am and are each 1.5 hours in duration.

    If you are interested please email me with your name, phone number and date you would like to attend and we will contact you.

    If you are in crisis and need to speak to someone directly email your name and phone number and we will call you asap.

    Group therapy consists of weekly two hour meetings for both addicts and codependent parents, spouses and children. Suitable participants who decide to join are required to attend for a minimum of four months as groups are ongoing year round. We deal with unresolved past, present and future problems using various techniques and methods that achieve change and growth. Group provides a wealth of support as group members model recovery for each other and provide much needed wisdom, safety and strength as they walk through the process together.

    Individual counselling is done on an as needed basis to assist clients with their own recovery work as well as with couples and families struggling with the ongoing challenges.

    Introduction to addiction and codependency recovery awareness group:
    for all those interested in increasing their knowledge of the process of recovery from all types of addictions and those in relationships with addicted individuals. As well this would benefit any addict experiencing relapses or looking for more in their recovery.

    These groups are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 pm to 9 pm and consist of a 45 to 60 minute video followed by a discussion.

    The videos are created by leaders in the field of recovery and healing ie Terry Kellogg, Pia Mellody, John Bradshaw, Fr. Martin, Melodie Beattie, among others. The topics range from relationships and trauma to family of origin as well as substance and behavioural addictions.

    If you are interested in attending these sessions please call Sydney at 403.919.2750. Address is located at 200 M 200 Haddon Rd S.W. which is just west of Mcleod trail and the LRT tracks between Southland Dr and Heritage Dr. S.W.

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