Empowering Lasting Change.
Now in existence for over 35 years, Simon House provides an innovative and impactful 12 Step based addiction treatment and recovery program for adult males. Working to accomplish our mission of guiding and empowering men to achieve long-term recovery from addiction and all of its effects, Simon House looks to increase its impact and service delivery within the surrounding community. In order to accomplish this mission and provide services that meet the needs of our community Simon House relies on the generosity of individuals, community organizations and corporations for crucial funding support
Primarily funded through donor support, Simon House receives no annual funding from government and solely relies on donor generated funding. Without this generous support, we wouldn’t be able to serve those in the community who rely on our life-saving and transformative services.
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, who named Simon House after Bible character Simon of Cyrene. 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.”
-Trevor Loria, MA, ICADC