Program Ideology


Residents in Recovery champions the cause of individuals marginalized by mental health and addiction issues, by providing judgement-free access to a safe, supportive and therapeutic recovery environment. 


The Residents in Recovery abstinence based program provides a societal investment by empowering individuals to regain control of their life through education, encouragement and inspiration.  Individuals will embark on a journey of self-discovery, motivation and an understanding of addiction.  Program participants that complete the program will become valued contributors to our community, which in turn will work to break down the stigma of addictions.


Compassion | Commitment | Positivity | Respect | Integrity

The Residents in Recovery program is a two-fold comprehensive rehabilitation program.  The program will revolutionize how addiction treatment is provided in many communities as it is both economically feasible and barrier-free.  Individuals following through with this program, will have a much greater chance of long term abstinence and a fulfilling life.  The four services provided in the program are as follows;

  1. Early Abstinence Sober Living Program - Pre-treatment sober living and daily programming.  Early abstinence sober living is provided for $520 per month which may be paid by social services for qualifying residents. 

  2. Life Skills Programming - Daily Life Skills programming that is available to both Residents and the community.

  3. Mental health and Addiction Programming - Daily Mental Health and Addiction programming that is available to both Residents and the community. 

  4. Early Recovery Independent Living - Post-treatment sober living.  Early recovery sober living is provided for $520 per month which may be paid by social services for qualifying residents.

*Both are fully furnished with utilities included.

The first part of the program supports the individual through the early abstinence stage of their recovery.  The Residents in Recovery sober living house provides a safe environment for the resident to stabilize and regain some structure in their life.  The first three months can often be the most difficult and therefore requires a structured and empathetic approach.  Daily programming that includes Life Skills and Mental Health and Addiction programming that is aimed at providing individuals in early abstinence, with basic information and fun activities to help them get through this stage.  


The second aspect of the program occurs after the individual has completed residential treatment and is looking to reintegrate into the community in a productive manner.  The Residents in Recovery Early Recovery independent living program builds on what the individual learnt and uncovered in treatment.  It addresses every aspect of the addict's life and develops an individualized recovery program that is both enjoyable and sustainable.  The program incorporates existing relationships and encourages the residents to further develop these so they can become life long supports.  


The program has been developed around the four major factors that influence recovery.  These factors are; 

  • Time

  • Environment

  • Support

  • Purpose


Time is best predictor of recovery success.  The longer the individual remains abstinent, the better their chance of success at long term recovery.  Specific numbers and percentages measuring success are inconsistent and involve many different variables.  The one thing that all statistics agree on, is the inverse correlation that time has with chance of relapse.  Basically, the longer a person remains abstinent, the less the chance of relapse.  Numerous studies have shown that, staying abstinent over a year, is a significant factor in chance of relapse.  Some studies have suggested, that with a strong recovery program and weekly meetings, 90% of those reaching the one year mark are likely to continue abstinence throughout the remainder of their lives.

Environment is perhaps the most predominate reason for relapse for those coming out of treatment programs today.  Many recovering individuals return to the exact same environment that they left to go to treatment.  For someone in recovery to have a chance at success, it is extremely important that they do not return to the life they left prior to treatment.  Many individuals do not see themselves as having any other options available to support their program.  They think that the people around them will change and support their program of recovery.  They do not realize the significant number of triggers that they will be faced with by returning to the same environments.  Regardless of the reason, recovering individuals end up relapsing within the first month of completing treatment simply because they returned to the same environment that they left.  The RinR program offers individuals the option of carrying on with their recovery life, with the people they love, in a free and encouraging recovery community.

Support is paramount for recovery success.  Support from family and friends, people that they love and trust, has a major influence on an individual's recovery program.  Words of encouragement from this group of people can go a long way in maintaining motivation.  Displays of love and affection are extremely important for someone in recovery to feel connected and to stem the effects of loneliness that permeate their psyche.  Social support is also important, as many individuals will have damaged their lives so much that they require the support of many people within their communities.  Social programs will help someone in recovery maintain stability in their lives both from a financial aspect as well as a living aspect.  Recovery peer support is the other aspect of support that is required to maintain abstinence.  Having friends is important but having clean and sober friends that have also lived through addiction, is perhaps even more important.  People in recovery can relate to each other in ways that no one else can can.  12-step programs have been built on this idea and one cannot discount the value whether they are actively engaged in a 12-step program or not.  It is important that anyone in recovery has some form of peer support, with other people in recovery, that they can reach out to in times of need.

Purpose is perhaps the most overlooked factor that influences recovery success.  Every person on earth needs a purpose to their life in order to enjoy life.  Discovering this purpose for those in recovery can sometimes be a difficult and timely process.  Encouraging individuals to try many different things, completion of goals and following their passions is the cornerstone of the RinR program. Helping residents find meaning in their lives not only provides motivation for continued recovery, but more importantly allows the resident to enjoy their new life.

Residents in Recovery Society

Donations can be made through the

Lloydminster Region Health Foundation

LRHF Charity #119022390

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Lloydminster, AB T9V 0W5

(877) 201-3955