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Located in Lethbridge, Alberta, Southern Alcare Manor is a 25 – bed residential recovery treatment facility for men and women who have a sincere desire to abstain from alcohol, drugs or gambling and require a stable living environment during recovery.


About us

Southern Alcare Manor (SAM) offers a client-centred, abstinence-based recovery treatment program.  The program is provided in an in-patient setting, with residents living at SAM while attending our program for 90 days.  Our program has worked successfully for a diverse group of people, and we are aware that addiction touches every walk of life.  The program at SAM will help you become aware of aspects of addiction that you may not have understood.  You will discover what drives addiction and come to understand the importance of taking time to heal and get good at recovery. 

While at SAM you will work with a team of professionals that will provide education and counsel in the healing process.  Because of our client-centred philosophy, you will come to understand what you need to enhance your individual sobriety.  Hopefully, this program will increase your ability to have happy healthy relationships at home and at work.



The goal of the Southern Alcare Manor program is to provide a therapeutic living environment where clients are encouraged to develop the skills, confidence and independence which will further them in their recovery process.
The program includes life skills, mental health and addictions counselling, information sessions and group interaction and therapy to assist clients in developing their individual recovery programs.
Clients are assisted in gaining employment or educational upgrading. They are encouraged to establish a balanced lifestyle through participation in recreational activities and community or church activities.
Clients are also expected to actively participate in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and other community-based recovery groups.


Admission Criteria

  • Applicants who are awaiting treatment for addictions and require a supportive residential environment before reintegration into the community.

  • Applicants must have a sincere desire to establish a lifestyle without using alcohol or drugs.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Applicants must be alcohol and drug free for at least five (5) days prior to admissions.

  • Applicants must be willing to seek employment and participate in the agency’s fund-raising activities.

  • Applicants must be willing to abide by established rules and requirements.

Application Form​

Conditions and Costs of Living Arrangements

  • In-patient means that you will live at the facility, usually in a double room with a same-sex roommate.  We do have 3 single rooms, which may become available to you as you mature in the program. 

  • Room and Board are provided by the program.  All meals will be prepared by Staff and served in the dining room.  Breakfast will consist of things you can make for yourself, such as cereal and toast.  Lunch and Supper will be served daily, usually at 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

  • You will be required to provide your own toiletries, towel, clothing, and perhaps a comfortable pillow if you prefer your own.  Bedding is supplied and is exchanged weekly.

  • Unless you are a CSC resident, or an EAP resident, you will be required to pay $40.00 per day for your accommodations.  This will usually be paid by Alberta Works, and you will be required to set up services with them if you qualify.  If you do not qualify for Alberta Works, you must arrange to have this per diem paid by some other source (possibly Employment Insurance, AISH, family, employer). 

  • If you leave the program prior to accomplishing 90 days, or if you leave after having paid for the program, refunds of any paid fees will be available.  They will only be refunded to the party (person or agency) who paid them in the first place.  All fees to Alberta Works are billed after the service is provided, so there will be no need to refund money to them.  In any case, anyone who has not paid the fee will be not be eligible for any refund unless permission is granted by the payor. 

Treatment Program

Long term (90 days) approach affords the time needed to repair damaged family relationships, build new circles of support, assess financial damages, assess psychological issues, improve coping skills and break ingrained habits.  Extensions may be granted if you need more time to accomplish your recovery goals.

  • One-on-one sessions with a Psychologist (to help with mental health functioning).

  • One-on-one sessions with a Recovery Coach (to help with Life-skills and Community access).

  • Resident Care Plans – developed with input from you, any involved medical practitioners, therapists or addiction counselors.

  • Transition planning for next steps.

  • Introduction to needed community supports that can be accessed in Lethbridge.

  • Group sessions.

    • You will participate in extensive group work, including written exercises that encourage the development of the skills and changes necessary to integrate the principles of recovery into your daily life.  Groups will be varied.

    • Psychoeducational groups

    • CBT, DBT, ACT (Cognitive Behavioural, Dialectical Behavioural and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies)

    • Access to 12 Step groups and SMART Recovery

    • Family support

    • Housing

    • Harm Reduction


Medications will be allowed at Southern Alcare Manor if they are currently prescribed by, and under the direction of, a qualified medical doctor, psychiatrist or dentist with prescribing privileges.

Blister packs will be the preferred method of medication storage, and residents will be encouraged to request them from their pharmacist.

Clients taking Methadone, Suboxone or Naltrexone treatment for opioid dependence are eligible to attend all our programs as long as they are stabilized.


We are fortunate to have on staff 2 Provisional Psychologists that are available to see clients weekly or more often as part of their stay at Southern Alcare Manor. They are both trained in EMDR Therapy.

We also frequently have practicum students doing their masters in psychology or undergraduate in addiction counselling and they are available to the clients if they so choose.



Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tue: 8:00a
m - 5:00pm
Wed: 8:00a
m - 5:00pm
Thu: 8:00a
m - 5:00pm
Fri: 8:00a
m - 5:00pm



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Your donation guarantees that no one in our at risk community will face crisis alone. Whether you can lend money or provide resources, every little bit of help counts and is greatly appreciated. We also accept new and some lightly-used items, so check out the Southern Alcare Manor Wish List to see what we need and stop by our Donation Center.


phone (403) 328-0955

fax (403) 381-2021

520 7 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2H1, Canada

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