Recovery Works – Summer Newsletter 2019

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Just Another Headline

Lethbridge overdose news headlines

It seems that every day there is another headline about the opioid crisis, another victim, another tragedy, another, and another.

When will it stop?!

The hard truth is… it won’t.


That doesn’t mean that there is no hope!
There is all kinds of hope.


You give hope each time you send a gift to Streets Alive Mission to power the battle against poverty and addiction.

One of the biggest battles faced by everyone in our community is the battle against fear:

  • fear of the drugs,
  • fear of the crime, and
  • fear of the effect it has on our families.

Streets Alive Mission understands the fear.


Over the past thirty years, Streets Alive Mission has worked with the population at risk, and we can definitely say, there is HOPE… in abundance.

That is why the relationships built through the day-to-day operations at the Mission matter so much. Those relationships lead to trust.

When trust is built, clients then feel that they have someone they can be open with.

That openness, that brief glimpse into a client’s life, is so rare but it makes all the difference.

That’s when HOPE enters the equation.


Your gifts over the years have provided so many success stories there are too many to list.

Unfortunately, success stories don’t usually make headlines.
Success stories are all too frequently unheard and often ignored.


Nevertheless, success happens, recovery happens, and you help make it happen.


What is Recovery?

Oxford Dictionary defines recovery as:

“A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength”.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as:

“Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.”*

Both of these definitions indicate an improvement of a person’s being through a multi-faceted path.

SAMHSA goes on to identify the four dimensions that support recovery as:

Health – overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.

Home – having a stable and safe place to live.

Purpose – conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.

Community – having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.


Your generosity paves the often bumpy road to recovery by supporting the men’s and women’s housing, providing a location for community to be built, hot meals to improve health, and so much more.


*Source: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/recovery

Allen's Story

At five years old, Nova Scotia Children’s Services removed me from a physically and mentally abusive, alcoholic and drug using family and sent me to in a shelter school for boys where I was sexually assaulted daily until I went home at age 7.

I would watch my brothers shoot heroin and at age 8 I injected a full needle they had left out.

By the time I was 13, I was a full-blown addict. By 14 years old, I had O.D. six times.

Allen's StoryMy life spiralled severely out of control.

I hit bottom when my daughter caught me smoking crack in the bathroom and said,

“Daddy I don’t love you anymore, you’re not the Daddy you used to be.”

After another round of detox, I stayed clean for 2 1/2 years when tragedy struck and led to a 6-day relapse.

That’s when I realized that I needed to make a change.

At detox, I was directed to Streets Alive Mission.

I’m very grateful to be alive today and for what I have, my higher power, my daughter, for Rick who helped get me to Streets Alive, and all the staff at Streets Alive for taking me in and showing me love, compassion, trust, respect and that I am somebody worth loving and caring for. I haven’t had that in a long time. I can hold my head up high today with respect and dignity and love myself.

I love everyone at Streets Alive from the bottom of my heart and consider everyone family. I will be totally grateful to everyone at Streets for the rest of my life. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I love you all and God Bless each and every one of you.

Tia's Story

Tia's StoryI was asked to share a little bit about how I overcame my addiction to opioids.

I became addicted to morphine after a back surgery from a car accident back when I was 16. I was prescribed morphine for 30 years.

Towards the end of my addiction, I got into other drugs: cocaine, meth, and fentanyl.

Short story, I ended up in jail for things I did to support my habit.

Upon my release, I was very fortunate to end up in a sober-living house operated by Streets Alive Mission and have been there for 16 months.

Their program is what I really needed. I was kept accountable. They kept me very busy with classes like life skills, getting to know Jesus, and we also had some recreation activities, and the sister-hood and the community is just awesome.

So, by the grace and mercy of God I have been free from my addiction. For me, the Lord is the only one who’s keeping me alive and drug free, and I’m very grateful. Thank you, Jesus!

Rick's Journey to Recovery


Rick - then

  • Decades of drug abuse and criminal activities.
  • Began with smoking marijuana at the age of 12.
  • Progressed to smoking/using cocaine by 14, then progressed to crystal methamphetamine and heroin/fentanyl.
  • Dropped out of school at the age of 14 (grade 9).
  • Multiple visits to jail, years of court ordered probation and program participation.
  • Godlessness: My god was my drugs.
  • Damaged family relationships to the point where all of my family abandoned all hope of reconciliation.
  • No concept of a future life living in happiness and freedom.
  • No desire to help myself or others, to change, to pursue life.
  • Hopelessness, Suicidal, Emotional and mental pain.
  • Full of hatred, directed towards all people and all things.


Rick - now

  • 100% sober for 80 months.
  • Went back to school and Graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelors Degree.
  • Helping others to get sober and come to GOD.
  • I wake up every morning so grateful to be saved.
  • Reconciled relationships with family and friends.
  • Earned trust from my father and mother.
  • Met my 23-yr old son, met my 9-yr old niece.
  • Well respected in the recovery community, improved my quality of life and reputation.
  • Achieved a really good job working as the Client Manager of the Foothills Detox in Fort Macleod.
  • Paying a mortgage on a home.
healing - recovery

Recovery Works

All this Talk of Recovery – It is the answer!

Current statistics provided by ARCHES show that there have been over 71,000 visits to the supervised consumption site in Lethbridge in a 10-month period. That stat alone fills us with such overwhelming sadness it is hard to describe.

Alberta Health Services has designated addiction as a disease, and, therefore, is not something people can overcome.

Recovery is complex to be sure, but that doesn’t mean it is not achievable. We have clients every day asking for help to get clean and sober, to get on the road to recovery.

Through our Genesis Recovery Program for Women and the Exodus Recovery Program for Men, the needs of individual clients are being met every day, and recovery is happening.

Recovery Works!

You Support a Program that WORKS!

Your gifts have helped build a well-rounded and comprehensive program centred around each individual man or woman who comes seeking help to regain their lives.

It took time for them to fall, and it takes time, lots of time, to stop the fall, stabilize and then begin the climb back to health.

There are as many ways to climb up as there is to fall down! The complexities faced by an individual are unique to them, therefore, so must the tools and programming be, to help them in their journey.

That is why we refer to our programming as the ROAD TO RECOVERY.

Like all roads, you can move < both directions > on the way to recovery. Sometimes there are curves, some sharp, some l-o-n-g.  There are HUGE MOUNTAINS, and small but still significant hills.

By keeping an individual and their specific situation in the centre of our approach, we build a program around them that meets their needs, helps them climb the mountains, stays with them through the valleys, and teaches them to handles the curves.

Genesis - Exodus - recovery support

Thank You SO Much for Your Support!

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Upcoming Events

Join Streets Alive Mission for our yearly Summer Fundraiser….

Wing Ding 2019The 5th Annual Wing Ding Dinner

Join us on July 16 to
stamp out poverty!

It’s a party! It’s a meal! It’s a fundraiser!

Tickets available online: https://streetsalive.ca/wingding19
or click below!


TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019

New Location: German Canadian Club
902 6th Street N Lethbridge

5:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

$300 for a TABLE of 8

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Posted Wednesday June 26, 2019 by Streets Alive Mission