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Thorpe Recovery Centre challenges you to be a Sober Hero this September

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Thorpe Recovery Centre invites you and your friends, family, and colleagues to participate in this year’s Sober September campaign. Sober September started as a challenge to participate in 30 days of sobriety in the month of September in order to gain a bit of understanding of the challenges someone in recovery faces everyday: peer pressure, habit, convenience, comfort. It has since evolved into one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, raising over $15,000 in 2020.

Says Sara Fox, Development Coordinator for Thorpe Recovery Centre, “This year, the campaign is shifting its focus to encouraging participants, also known as Sober Heroes, to take up a personal challenge by either giving up something that is potentially unhealthy or taking up a healthy habit. Whether our Sober Heroes are going without alcohol or tobacco, coffee, online shopping, binge watching Netflix, or eating too much sugar, or they decide to add yoga, meditation, or running to their daily routine, the benefits to self and our community are sure to be felt!”

Just like the 700+ people who participate in Thorpe Recovery Centre’s programs each year to improve their wellness, seize the opportunity to bring positive and durable changes to your daily life, to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and discover a different side of yourself!

Here is how you can get started as a Sober Hero:

Step 1: Choose the personal challenge you want to take up during Sober September.

Step 2: Sign up by visiting https://bit.ly/3mfVu1Y clicking on “Fundraise.” You can create a team or participate on your own!

Step 3: Share your Sober Hero fundraising page and invite your friends and family to support you.

Step 4: Make it fun! Have a friendly competition with your peers to see who can raise the most funds or maintain their personal challenge for most consecutive days.

Sober Heroes will receive helpful resources throughout the month to encourage progress, not perfection while they are on their Sober September journey.

100% of the collected funds will help to ensure Thorpe Recovery Centre’s facility remains safe, warm, and welcoming to anyone in need.

Thorpe Recovery Centre is a non-profit addiction treatment facility that has served the Lloydminster area since 1975. Through the support of the community and campaigns such as Sober September, the organization has been able to provide accredited and licensed medically supported detox, a residential treatment program, post-treatment recovery management, and support programs for individuals who are impacted by a loved one’s addictive behaviours. Based on the 2018 Lloydminster Needs Assessment:

1 in 5 Canadians struggle with mental illness and/or an addiction

1 in 3 Lloydminster area residents struggle with these same issues themselves making it the highest rated issue in our community.

2 in 5 Lloydminster area residents identified having had a family member or friend who were impacted by addiction.

Sober Heroes will unite this September to support recovery. Will you join us? For more information, contact Sara Fox, Development Coordinator for the Thorpe Recovery Centre at 780-875-8890 or send an email to giving@thorperecoverycentre.org.

 

 

 

Positive Visit from Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions

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On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, the team at Thorpe Recovery Centre welcomed the Government of Alberta’s Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addiction Mike Ellis to tour the facility and grounds. The Associate Minister was accompanied by the Ministry’s Chief of Staff, Marshall Smith, and also Sheldon Bailey.

“It was a pleasure to showcase the Centre to Associate Minister Ellis,” stated Thorpe Recovery Centre’s CEO, Teressa Krueckl, “our relationship with the Ministry has been growing stronger and through positive interactions such as today’s, we look forward to continuing to build resources to help those on their recovery journey.”

Mr. Ellis and his team sat down with program participants and Thorpe team members to discuss the future of mental health and addiction treatment services. Joanne Wright, Counselling Manager remarked, “I enjoyed the time they took to sit with our clients. Associate Minister Ellis gave the clients the opportunity to share a bit about themselves, what they are grateful for, and what they need more support on regarding their own mental health and addictions. The clients really felt heard, and it showed.”

Other aspects of the visit included discussions with the organization’s senior leadership team, tour of the newly-opened Serenity Garden, and lunch with program participants. Overall, Thorpe Recovery Centre’s team felt valued to be seen and heard as an important part of the Government of Alberta’s response to the increasing need for mental health and addiction supports in the province. The pandemic has put additional strain on individuals and the organization will continue to evolve and work with governments to provide quality therapeutic services.

Associate Minister Ellis was appointed his new role in July 2021, replacing the Honourable David Luan; he also serves as MLA of the United Conservatives Party for the Calgary-West constituency. Prior to entering the Legislative Assembly, he spent twelve years with the Calgary Police Service, working with vulnerable Calgary citizens.

To learn more about Thorpe Recovery Centre visit thorperecoverycentre.org. For media inquiries, contact Sara Fox, Development Coordinator at giving@thorperecoverycentre.org or 780-875-8890.

Promising Practices Podcast: Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (AB)

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Promising Practices Podcast: Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (AB)

What is Recovery Capital and how is it applied in Alberta substance use disorder treatment settings?

Alberta’s person-centred approach addresses more than an individual’s mental health and addiction challenges. It’s about improving their quality of life by supporting balance and healing in all aspects of their health and wellness. The Alberta model is based on successful practices seen around the world.

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CWCC E11 – Beyond Balance Counselling & Consulting

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Coffee with Community Connections During COVID-19
Episode 11 – Beyond Balance Counselling & Consulting

In this episode of Coffee with Community Connections during COVID-19 Jordan has a conversation with Registered Psychologist, Michelle Hamilton. Together they discuss Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Beyond Balance Counselling and Consulting is owned and operated by Michelle Hamilton, a Registered Psychologist in private practice in Lloydminster, Alberta. Michelle offers a variety of professional services, including counselling and psychotherapy, workshops and speaking events as well as consulting to helping professionals and agencies. Michelle works with individuals who are experiencing problems that interfere with their ability to fully enjoy life and who seek healing and personal growth.

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CWCC E10 – Michelle Lake Artist

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Coffee with Community Connections During COVID-19
Episode 10 – Michelle Lake Artist

Today on Coffee with Community Connections during COVID-19, Jordan has a coffee with local artist, Michelle Lake in Lloydminster AB/SK. They talk about the pandemic and how it has affected our sense of connection in the community. Jordan and Michelle then discuss how art can be a healthy outlet to express yourself not only during this time of isolation but also throughout every life stage. You don’t need the best supplies or be an expert—art is for everyone. Michelle Lake is a local artist who is known for her beautiful angel wings, murals, and community spirit. You can try your hand at one of Michelle’s tutorials on her Facebook page.

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https://facebook.com/michellelakeart/
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CWCC 09 – Sage and Seven

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Coffee with Community Connections During COVID-19
Episode 09 – Sage and Seven

Jordan speaks with Rikki from Sage and Seven in this episode of Coffee with Community Connections during COVID-19. Together they discuss mindfulness, yoga, and other practices and how you can incorporate them into your wellness lifestyle.

Sage and Seven is dedicated to sharing and creating content that educates and inspires through mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practices.

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CWCC E08 – Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services

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Coffee with Community Connections During COVID-19
Episode 08 – Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services

In this episode of Coffee with Community Connections during COVID-19 Jordan has a coffee with Heather from Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services in Lloydminster AB/SK. They talk about the pandemic and how it has influenced their services across the region. Heather also lets us know of the resources that are still available to you to support your wellness journey.
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CWCC E07 – Residents in Recovery

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Coffee with Community Connections During COVID-19
Episode 07 – Residents in Recovery

Today on Coffee with Community Connections during COVID-19 Jordan has a coffee with Tyler from Residents In Recovery in Lloydminster AB/SK. They talk about the pandemic and how it has affected the recovery journey of those affected by substance use disorders. Tyler also lets us know of the resources that are still available and what they’re planning for the year.

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CWCC 06 – Lloydminster Mental Health

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Coffee with Community Connections During COVID-19
Episode 06 – Lloydminster Mental Health

Jordan speaks with Lorelee Marin from Project Sunrise in this episode of Coffee with Community Connections during COVID-19. Together they discuss Project Sunrise and the new lloydminstermentalhealth.ca online tool and how residents of the Lloydminster area can use it to navigate their wellness journey. Thank you to Lloydminster Region Health Foundation for making this incredible resource possible!
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