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Residential Treatment


"Not why the addiction, but why the pain."

 - gabor mate, md


Rising Above takes a holistic approach to recovery not by addressing the addiction itself, but by addressing the pain that fuels the addiction. Destructive behaviors always stem from pain and trauma, and it is the pain and trauma that these behaviors, such as addictions, are attempting to mask. We must ask ourselves, "not why the addiction, but why the pain." Rising Above focuses on that pain in the clients we serve so that they can experience true and lasting freedom.

Rising Above is an abstinence-based treatment facility in Grande Prairie, Alberta, offering a Christian-based 6-month Residential Treatment program to individuals trapped in a Cycle of Defeat. The beautiful part about Rising Above is you don't have to be a Christian to attend. In fact, most people who enroll in the program have little to no faith background at all! In recovery, the term "higher power" is widely used and refers to something bigger than yourself. Rising Above's Higher Power is God, Creator God, Jesus Christ. Throughout our literature and teaching materials, we present Christ-centered teachings. 

This program helps to address a wide range of issues. Substance abuse is the most common, but the program also addresses anger issues, patterns of homelessness and criminal behavior, deep-rooted shame, anxiety, and any other forms of bondage a person may be struggling in. 

Throughout the 6-month program, individuals will have the opportunity to build coping skills, strengthen resiliency, gain knowledge and practical tools in the Life-Skills classes, and have a safe space to work on deep rooted issues which are always based in pain and trauma.

Important Note: We offer clean and sober living for men and women. Rent is $500 per month; the Damage Deposit is $350 (one-time fee); and the Program Supplies Fee is $100 (one-time fee). If you desire to live in our facilities you will be expected to refrain from all use of drugs and alcohol, maintain curfews and follow all other residency rules. To be eligible for this support, you must also partake in Rising Above's mandatory employment readiness training, life-skill classes and emotional development services. You will also be asked not to work more than 24 hours a week, as it will require approximately 30 hours each week to complete the program requirements.

The foundation of the 6-Month Residential Treatment program is based on the H.E.L.P.S model.


  • Safe and comfortable living quarters
  • Separate housing for men and women
  • Responsibility for your own space
  • Sharing in maintaining common areas


Participants are employable, however, are unable to sustain employment at this time. Our goal is to provide our participants with the needed skills to obtain employment when they leave or graduate the program.

Participants are required to complete 12hrs per week of Employment Readiness Training at one of our partnership businesses. This teaches the value of servant leadership, helps to see life from a different perspective, develops self-esteem and contributes back to society.


Participants spend 9 hours a week learning various skills and coping strategies in our Life-Skills classes. Below are some of the topics we teach on:

  • Addiction and Mental Health
  • Healthy Boundaries 
  • Decision Making
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Co-dependency 
  • 12-Step Program
  • Budgeting / Finances
  • Holistic Health
  • Nutrition / Health
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Self-esteem Building
  • Time Management


This is one of the major areas of growth within the 6-month program. This is where our Inner Healing model comes into play. Inner Healing is a unique process that quickly uncovers the root issues that addictions or other destructive behaviors are attempting to mask. The healing comes when God’s truth replaces the lie that has been believed. Jesus said "you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”. Jesus wants you to experience the truth in your heart, not simply know it in your head. That's what it means to know the truth. Participants are expected to have 1 Inner Healing appointment per week with their assigned Inner Healing Facilitator. 


In keeping with the “12-step” recovery philosophy, we believe in the significance of spiritual awareness and the need for a power greater than ourselves to enable us to become healthy and self-sufficient. At Rising Above, our Higher Power is God, Creator God, Jesus Christ. There are many opportunities to explore ones faith while at Rising Above. This could be bible studies, church, a spiritual mentor, or exploring this topic with a staff member.


  • A safe, clean and sober home. We have one men’s residence located at our main facility with capacity for 19 men as well as 3 off-site residential homes for women with space for 14 women. 
  • Each residence has shared living, cooking and dining spaces. All appliances, cooking utensils and dishes are provided. Each home has cable television and internet access.
  • Each resident is responsible for cooking their own meals and keeping the homes clean.
  • Life-skills classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am until 12:00pm. 



The Rising Above 6-Month Residential Treatment program has helped countless individuals find lasting freedom and sobriety by applying the tools the program offers. If you can honestly say "I need help and cannot do this on my own", consider making Rising Above your treatment center of choice. 

If you would like more information on the Rising Above program or would like to discuss the application process, please submit a request below. If you have general questions about the program, please visit our FAQ section first. If you cannot find an answer to your question in the FAQ section, please submit your question and a Rising Above representative will be in touch with you.

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