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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.

Southern Alcare Manor (SAM) offers a client-centered, abstinence-based recovery treatment program.  The program is provided in an in-patient setting, with residents living at SAM while attending our program.  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-centered philosophy, you will come to understand what you need to enhance your sobriety.  Hopefully, this program will increase your ability to have happy healthy relationships at home and work.

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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 that will further them in their recovery process.
The program includes life skills, mental health and addictions counseling, information sessions, and group interaction and therapy to assist clients in developing their 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.

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Admission Criteria

  • 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 abide by established rules and requirements.

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Conditions 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 toiletries, towel, clothing, and perhaps a comfortable pillow if you prefer your own.  Bedding is supplied and is exchanged weekly.

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Treatment Program

The long-term 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.  

  • 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

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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 two Registered Psychologists 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 counseling and they are available to the clients if they so choose.

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