Empowering Lasting Change.
Since 1983, Simon House, through the 12-Steps and a multi-disciplinary program, guides and empowers men to achieve long-term recovery from addiction and all of its effects. Through our Core Values of Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Integrity, accountability, and Innovation, we will lead the way in addiction treatment and lifelong recovery. Our mission and core values are guiding principles which you will experience at all times while engaged with our program, whether as a client, family member, staff, donor, community stakeholder, or visitor.
Simon House Recovery Centre is proud to accept men who are taking prescribed Suboxone or Methadone, as part of our Medication Assisted Recovery Program. We are proud to partner with Alberta Health Services’ Opioid Dependency Program, to provide services to these men in need of residential treatment and recovery
Committed to saving and transforming the lives of men who are battling addiction, Simon House provides a unique and innovative approach to addiction recovery. Rooted in the 12 Steps, Simon House incorporates various multi-disciplinary techniques and therapies to empower change and support long-term recovery. Utilizing a continuous daily intake process, we have prioritized admission to our program and are able to admit new clients seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Filling treatment beds as they become available allows us to continually engage with potential clients, allowing admissions to take place as quickly as 24-48 hours of a clients first call to Simon House.
Founded in 1982 by Doreen Baker and Franciscan Brother, Bernard Barry, Simon House began its work in a Bowness duplex that still serves men in need today, 35 years later. Simon House has been, and will always be a beacon of hope and refuge for men who have found themselves in the grip of addiction. Humble beginnings saw Brother Bernie and Doreen work tirelessly with integral volunteers and original employees, to grow and develop Simon House into the program and facility it is today. In 1983, the duplex immediately next door to its original location was generously donated to expand Simon House services and support. In 2006, through the generosity of donors, Simon House built a 30 bed building with a full commercial kitchen, board room, and office space.
Today, Simon House operates 4 buildings and 66 beds, which provide 3 distinct phases of addiction treatment and recovery to assist men in moving from a residential program to transitional housing, and onto independent living with supports and counselling. Through committed staff, board members, donors, and community partners, Simon House has become a highly respected, valued, integral, and successful addiction recovery centre in the Calgary community, serving men from all across North America.
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.
"Addiction is a physical and emotional disorder that forms and exists in the brain. Addiction is not a choice, and does not occur due to moral failure or lack of will power. Addiction negatively effects an individuals physical, psychological, social and spiritual functioning and behaviors. Addiction is often rooted in an individual experiencing trauma and toxic stress. Physical abstinence is essential in repairing and restoring the brain’s normal functioning. Healing, and connection to positive, safe, and supportive people, places, and activities are key in overcoming the emotional and psychological effects of addiction.”
"Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Even individuals with severe chronic Substance Use Disorders can, with help, overcome their substance use disorder and regain health and social functioning, this is called “remission.” When those positive changes and values become part of a voluntarily adopted lifestyle, that is called “being in recovery.” Although abstinence from all substance use is a critical feature of a recovery lifestyle, it is not the only healthy, pro-social feature.”
“Recovery is not for those who simply want it, nor is it for those who need it or even deserve it. Recovery is for those who work for it every single day.”
-Trevor Loria, MA, ICADC