Director’s Welcome Message

Thank you for visiting the Foothills Centre website. I hope you are able to find answers to your questions or gain some insight into what we do and who we are.

Since 1979 we have provided compassionate, respectful care to individuals suffering from the disease of addiction. The interaction between staff and the client is the cornerstone of our beliefs. Our program is individualized to accommodate the specific needs, goals and cultural perspectives of people in different stages of change. We believe that all people deserve dignity​ and have the right to choose their path​. We are honoured to help those on their journey towards recovery. By encouraging healthier lifestyles and the undertaking of personal responsibility in one’s health, Foothills Centre supports informed choice as a key element to our services.

We understand that detox is not a pleasant experience, so we make every effort to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Some of our staff have been where you are now and are often willing to share their experiences with you. We are privileged to do the work we do and are committed to making you feel safe and supported as you move through the withdrawal process. We believe that you have the strength to make a better life for yourself. Welcome to the first steps towards recovery.

– Val Campbell, Executive Director


Foothills Detox Centre is a medically supported adult Detox Program in southern Alberta. For 45 years we have offered a safe haven for individuals seeking to withdraw from substance abuse. With a team of expert staff and a rich history of compassionate care, we’re here to support your journey to recovery. Learn more about our commitment to healing and hope.

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Our Program

Our program offers a comprehensive approach to substance misuse recovery, combining group sessions with individual support to foster understanding, direction, and self-awareness. It’s designed for adults facing the challenges of detoxification, providing essential tools and guidance for the journey ahead.

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If you or someone you know needs help navigating the path to recovery, find out how to get started on our admissions page. 

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We would be grateful and honoured if you would like to donate to Foothills Centre. We understand that people have strong connections to Foothills Centre. We have created a space in our yard to memorialize those lost to addiction. 

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Who can use Foothills Centre detox?

Anyone who is requiring detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs and is over 18 years of age.

How do I get in to Detox?

The person who wants to enter the detox program must call our centre and complete a phone interview. Once that interview is complete and upon bed availability, arrangements will be made for admissions.

How long will I be in Detox?

The general stay is 7 to 10 days. Each person will be assessed on an individual basis should a longer stay be required.

What should I bring with me?

  • toothbrush, toothpaste
  • shampoo, conditioner
  • body wash
  • hair brush and/or comb
  • 4 or 5 changes of clothes. (Laundry gets done on site during your stay.)
  • small amounts of money
  • only the absolute essential jewelry

All valuables will be placed in lockup for safekeeping.

What should I NOT bring?

  • Scented products such as perfumes, colognes, and body sprays
  • Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives and blades
  • Clothing promoting any type of alcohol, drug, or gambling
  • Electronics, such as cell phones, TVs, cameras, computers, pagers, video games, DVDs, radios, CD players, iPods/pads, MP3 players, etc.
  • Work-related materials such as reports, projects, and papers
  • No bedding or towels

What will I do while I’m here?

  • Attend daily group sessions
  • Attend daily scheduled AA and CA meetings
  • Interact with other clients and staff
  • Abide by resident requirements

Is there a fee to attend detox?

No, detox is covered through your Provincial Health Care, and even those with no coverage are free to attend.