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AARC Society (Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre)

We provide hope for youth who are facing the worst crisis of their young lives. AARC takes an exceptional approach that treats chemically dependent young people in a way that reflects the exceptional challenges of youth.

Our Impact

What We Do

AARC is an accredited long-term intensive treatment centre for chemically addicted adolescents between the ages of 12 and 21.  Since its inception in 1991, AARC has graduated over 598 clients and approximately 2000 additional family members.  Independent validation of AARC’s treatment outcomes reported that an overwhelming number of our graduates today are clean and sober, in school or working and reunited with their families.

AARC was created as a community response to growing recognition of the need for a Calgary based intensive treatment program for chemically dependent adolescents. AARC, a highly specialized, long-term program, has provided a solution that has made a significant contribution to the continuum of care by treating severely addicted adolescents and their families

Meet our clinical team at http://aarc.ab.ca/about/clinical-team/

Our Programs

How We Do It


The AARC treatment program is specially designed for adolescents 12 to 21 years of age who are diagnosed with substance use disorder (DSM-5). The exceptional circumstances of adolescent addiction demand an exceptional treatment program. AARC recognizes addiction as a complex interaction between the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. Our treatment model, widely endorsed by researchers, can most adequately explain the multidimensional nature of addiction.

For a more extensive description of AARC’s treatment program, please see http://aarc.ab.ca/about/aarc-program/

AARC endeavours to share knowledge with others in the addiction treatment community. Our greatest tool in the battle against addiction is education, which helps to increase awareness regarding early intervention supports, prevention strategies, and family centered treatment approaches.
AARC’s Community Education and Prevention initiatives include onsite and off-site workshops, outcome studies, practicum placements, political advocacy, and a parent aftercare program.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

The Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre is committed to ensuring that treatment remains accessible to all families, regardless of income level. The vast majority of our clients receive a subsidy for their treatment fees. These subsidies are made possible through donations and fundraising initiatives. Each year, AARC needs to raise over $2,000,000 to maintain its current level of operations.

Your donation will go toward offsetting treatment fees that include on-site one-on-one clinical counseling for clients and families, outside clinical consulting, recreation programs, meals and education.  AARC has a year-round, full-time, on-site classroom with two teachers from the Calgary Board of Education.  These teachers specialize in working with our clients’ specific learning needs and help teen addicts prepare to re-enter the formal education system (high school or post secondary).

For AARC’s vital work to continue, financial support from the community is essential.  Teen addicts are everyone’s concern.  They are this community’s children and therefore this community’s future.  We have the power to help more of them recover and live clean and sober lives.

To make a donation, please visit http://aarc.ab.ca/donors/make-a-donation/

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Darryl Power

AARC Society (Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre)


Charitable Number: 132199480RR0001

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