Our History

The Drumheller Society for Recovery is a group of people concerned with the recovery of chemical dependence and /or alcohol. The idea of a recovery house was originated in 1986 by two Drumheller residents (one a recovering alcoholic and the other a social worker) while they were discussing the plight of a third who was in need of such support not available in Drumheller.  On August 8, 1990 Grace House accepted its first residents from Renfrew Recovery Center in Calgary.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help men aged 25 and older struggling with substance abuse by providing a 90-day residential treatment program that creates a safe and supportive environment while focusing on physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. We strive to counsel, educate, and empower men to break the cycle of addiction and begin a journey toward lasting recovery.

Belief Statement

The Drumheller Society for Recovery (DSFR) believes that addiction to alcohol or drugs is a chronic and progressive disorder and that those who are addicted can attain life-long sobriety through active participation in a process of recovery.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a safe and healthy environment, empowering men to live drug- and alcohol-free lives through an individualized 90-day treatment plan. We strive to provide quality care while promoting resilience, dignity, and overall well-being.

Aim Statement

PURPOSE: To clarify what the Society exists to do, who the Society serves and why.

The Drumheller Society for Recovery aims to:

  • Provide a secure living situation for alcoholics/ chemically dependent persons who are choosing a life of recovery.
  • Provide a program of recovery
  • Provide a means to encourage the clients to engage in self-help activities that promote their own recovery.
  • Provide a focus for community and family support for the recovering alcoholic/drug addicted persons

Target Statement

PURPOSE: To determine the target population served by the Drumheller Society for Recovery.

The target population served by the Drumheller Society for Recovery must have the following criteria:

  • The client must be an admitted alcoholic or drug addict wanting to live a life of sobriety.
  • The client must be an admitted alcoholic or drug addict wanting to live a life of sobriety.
  • The client must be a male and 25 years of age or over in order toparticipate as a live-in resident.
  • The client should be detoxed at a detox center or hospital for a minimum of four to five days, or to present a minimum of 5 (five) days of verifiable clean time and this includes psychotropic mood-altering drugs
  • The client must be willing to participate in the program and adhere to the rules and regulations of the Grace House.
  • The Grace House is not equipped or staffed to assist men who have special needs, psychiatric problems, or severe health conditions and which require on-going medical attention.
  • A person who is granted probation or parole for criminal charges may be considered as a client.
  • A client needing methadone or suboxone treatment will not be admitted.

Core Values

Structured and quality programming
Dignity and respect
Strength to accept personal responsibility
Safety and Confidentiality

Guiding Principles

The target population served by the Drumheller Society for Recovery must have the following criteria:

  • We believe addictions recovery should be abstinence-based and provided in a safe environment
  • Men in recovery should be treated with dignity and respect
  • Recovery needs to be approached in a holistic manner.
  • Recovery plans are individualized for each client, to address their particular needs and goals, it is a mutual contract between Program Facilitator and client.
  • Men collaborate in their own recovery process and need to be empowered to do so.
  • Men benefit from support and the therapeutic programming provided within a residential setting.
  • The success of their recovery requires continued evaluation from the clients perspective


We take personal responsibility for ensuring the highest standards of professional conduct with each other and with our clients

Client Centered

We are committed to providing accessible and relevant service to our clients in the communities where they live


We celebrate the unique differences of all individuals and recognize their unwavering right to respect, dignity, fairness and equality.

Innovation and Excellence

We are committed to continuous improvement by seizing opportunities to exceed expectations and achieve innovative outcomes

Partnership and Teamwork

We are committed to building and sustaining effective and harmonious relationships and connections with others in order to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.

Life-long Learning

We view change as an exciting opportunity and embrace opportunities to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills.

The Program

Grace House is an Alberta Health Services licensed facility.

Grace House offers a 90 day residential recovery program for men addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.

The program is based on the 12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and basic life skills: showing the residents how the two, in combination can help lead to a clean, sober life.

Residents participate in group sessions during the morning, are scheduled for regular in house one-on-one sessions during the afternoon and are required to attend 7 self help support meetings per week (AA, CA, NA) in the evenings.

Residents also participate in the Odd Job Squad which is considered a vital component in their recovery. They become a member of the Grace House Team, providing valuable services to community members.

In order to graduate the program residents must:

  • complete all 12 Steps within 90 days,
  • complete a relapse Prevention module,
  • complete an Aftercare plan

Upon graduation, residents can access referrals to other agencies.

All Grace House Alumni are invited to celebrate anniversaries here at the Grace House.

Grace House is a Recovery Home for 12 men, with shared accommodation . Grace House serves males aged 25 and older, who struggle with alcohol or drug addiction and want to live a life of recovery.

Incoming residents must:

  • have at least 7 days clean-time, and will be required to participate in Drug/Alcohol Test upon arrival;
  • be a resident of Alberta

COVID-19 - During this global health crisis, we have implemented A.H.S. Guidelines with regard to admissions and day to day operations. Currently we are accepting new applicants with a minimum of 10 days Quarantine in a supervised setting. (policy is subject to change).

Odd Job Squad

Residents participate in the Odd Job Squad as work therapy is considered valuable to their recovery. The Odd Job Squad provides lawn care, snow removal services for senior and disabled persons within the Drumheller community. Grace House residents get out into the community, feel a part of active society, as well as work on teamwork, attitude and work ethics. This is a win win situation. Clients can remain in their homes longer and residents of Grace House get to relearn work skills lost to addictions. Grace House also sets up chairs for events, sets up tents for Farmers markets, will move large items if people need help. The Odd Job squad is coordinated by Grace House staff.

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