The Red Deer Dream Centre (RDCD), an addiction recovery centre for men, will open their doors this week to begin accepting its first clients. The 40-bed treatment facility is the first addiction centre for Red Deer and will provide residential treatment for men over the age of 18, for up to a year.
This project has been in the making for over 4 years. In 2018, a grassroots movement sprung up when a group of local businessmen felt called to do something with the former Lotus Night Club building in the downtown core of Red Deer. With the significant increase in deaths from opioid addiction, the group felt that an addiction treatment facility for men would be the best way to serve the city from the building. In 2020, a final construction permit was granted, and fundraising began. Over $1.4 million dollars was raised to pay for the renovations, almost all coming from private donors in Central Alberta.
The goal of the Red Deer Dream Centre is for clients to find help find hope and find healing, reconnect with their families, and become productive, contributing and purpose-filled members of society. The Dream Centre will welcome clients coming straight from detox and support them with housing, as well as individual and group counselling. RDDC will also offer assistance with education upgrading and referring them for job skill training as they transition back into the community.
As a non-profit, RDDC is committed to helping men receive help even if they cannot pay for all of their treatment. The cost for treatment is $3700 a month per bed. If you would like to help sponsor recovery for these men in our community, click here.