Our Program

Our Program

The Detox Program at Foothills Detox Centre in Southern Alberta offers a comprehensive approach to substance abuse recovery in a group setting. It aims to foster understanding of addiction, provide a sense of direction with external resources, and enhance self-awareness, self-esteem, self-worth, and spirituality. Information is shared through psycho-educational groups, speakers, and/or videos that cover the addiction process, initial recovery steps, and treatment preparation.

While at Foothills, clients have access to the Program Manager and Program Assistants for one-on-one support, referral to further treatment, and assistance with issues involved with recovery. The Centre emphasizes personalized support throughout the recovery journey, including discharge planning, relapse prevention, and transition support for those without a safe space post-detox.

Short-term relapse prevention services are also available for individuals at risk, with a two or three-day stay often sufficing to refocus on recovery.

Individuals may utilize our services for a pre-treatment stay before attending a residential treatment program. This service must be booked in advance.

Our detox services are fully covered through Alberta Health Care, ensuring accessibility without financial barriers. This policy affirms the Centre’s commitment to facilitating recovery for all individuals, supporting them at every step of their journey toward wellness.

Support services are available on an out patient basis. Past client or community members may attend group lectures upon request. We also provide by appointment support and information to family members going through crisis within their family unit.

Closed 12 step meetings are available for members. Please phone for the schedule.

Admission to the program requires that individuals meet certain criteria. Please visit our Admissions page for admission criteria.

If you have any questions about our program or facility, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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.