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Inpatient Treatment

Program Information

We are an Indigenous agency that is open to people of all walks of life that are seeking a solution to the problem of addiction. We offer a solution to those suffering in the grips of a chronic, progressive and fatal illness by teaching them how to recreate there lives.

In Calgary, Sunrise is the only addictions treatment centre where Indigenous culture and spirituality are used harmoniously with the 12 Steps pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous for the treatment of addiction.

Sunrise Programs and Services are based on Culture and the 12 steps, including the following:

  • Cultural activities including: Sweats, Pipe Ceremonies, Tipi building and more
  • Enriched healing experience with Aboriginal teachings and Sharing Circles
  • Aboriginal Elders meet with clients individually for spiritual teachings
  • Clients are supported to work all 12 steps while in treatment at Sunrise
  • Educational teachings on resume writing, job skills and social boundaries
  • Zero barrier Outpatient drop-in program
  • Continued recovery through sponsorship in a the 12 Step fellowship
  • Continued inclusion in Sunrise through the Alumni Group
  • Guest presentations

Our Teachings at a Glance (Inpatient and Outpatient Programs)

Because our abstinence-based approach is harmonious with Indigenous values and teachings, we have incorporated the use of the Medicine Wheel into all our recovery teachings. Our 63 Day Treatment Program consists of the following sample of group topics:

Pathways to Healing – Week 1

  • Cultural Pathways to Recovery
  • History of the 12 Steps
  • Step 1
  • Disease Concept of Addiction
  • 12 Steps and 12 Step Fellowships

Pathways to Healing – Week 2

  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Pipe Ceremony and Sweats
  • Step 1, 2, 3 Recap

Physical – Fire

  • Addiction – A Family Disease
  • Physical Effects of Addiction
  • Boundaries in Recovery
  • Cultural Games and Skill Development
  • Nutrition and Meal Planning

Emotional – Water

  • Emotions & Addiction
  • Spiritual Experience
  • Family Dynamics – Family of Origin
  • Forgiveness
  • Shame and Self-Worth

Mental – Air  

  • Defence Mechanisms
  • Outside Issues and Outside Help
  • Bedevilments vs. Promises
  • Values: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going
  • Intro to Gambling Addiction

Spiritual – Earth

  • Loss and Grief
  • Vision Quest
  • Tobacco – Traditional Use
  • Parallels of A.A and Aboriginal Spirituality
  • How Relationships Can Derail Recovery

Traditional Pathways

  • Resume Writing and Job Support
  • 12 Traditions
  • Seven Sacred Teachings
  • A Vision for You

Building on Recovery – Week 1

  • Step 4
  • Clients do Steps 5, 6, and 7 with their Sponsors
  • Practicing the 12 Principles
  • Recovery & Intergenerational Healing
  • Steps 8 & 9
  • Working with Others – Passing it On

Building on Recovery – Week 2

  • Amends: Truth and Reconciliation
  • Step 10
  • Step 11
  • How to Continue the Steps & Program after Treatment (Step 12)


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Free of alcohol and drugs for 3 days
  • No Couples

Can be self-referred.

All applications must be completed (including main portion and the medical) beforepotential clients are given an admission day. You can fax the sections separately if you wish.

Please give the Admissions Clerk two working days to review your complete application before calling for an admission date. The Admissions form can be downloaded below.

Completed forms can be faxed to: (403) 269-5578

Sunrise Native Addictions Services Society reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone we deem not appropriate for our programs.

For more information please contact our Admissions Clerk at (403) 261-7921.