The Alcove Board and Staff are committed to promoting the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, wellness, economic self-sufficiency and happiness of a very challenged portion of our community. Through this treatment program, women have the opportunity and support to break the cycle of addiction and abuse in their families, now and for generations to come.
Alcove provides services for women eighteen years of age and older who have addictions, experiences of abuse, and mental health distress. Services are provided in a safe, caring, homelike facility which is integrated into a southwest Calgary community. Alcove promotes a holistic recovery model through a core curriculum that provides guidance for women to learn independent living skills that promote self-sufficiency and deals with addiction issues and past trauma. There are several phases to the program that follow a continuum of care model. It includes a 12 week live-in program and an Aftercare program that supports the women in transitioning back into the community.
• Individual – This is a highly structured, intensive 12 week program. Professional on-site counsellors provide the core curriculum which is trauma based and gender responsive for women struggling with addiction and trauma issues. It includes individual counselling, group therapy work, life management skills, physical exercise, socialization, spiritual opportunities, nutritional groups, and recreational activities.
• Mothers and Children – This program is designed to keep families intact and support mothers in recovery while allowing their children to remain with them, living in private residential suites during the 12 week program. It follows the same curriculum as the individual program, and in addition provides parenting training and support to rebuild their relationships with their children. Specialized therapy and counselling for the children is also available, which helps break the inter-generational cycle of addiction and abuse.