Addiction is not a moral failure or character weakness.

A Solution to a Problem

People in pain, perhaps because of traumatic experiences in the past, use a substance or behaviour to make the pain go away because they don't know what else to do.


At Thorpe Recovery Centre, we believe that each client comes with an individual story and experience.  During treatment, we do everything to honour each client's uniqueness through a custom tailored combination of therapies designed to unlock the greatest potential for healing and growth.


TRC utilizes a three (3) phase transitional approach treatment program.  Within each phase of treatment, our intent is to care for the client on four basic levels:  Biological, Psychological, Social and Spiritual.



Our Treatment Philosophy

Programs We Offer

Our Community Therapeutic Model is based on best practice studies and the 12-Step philosophy.  A cornerstone of our treatment is the understanding that each client comes with an individual story and experience.  For every program, we strive to honour each client's uniqueness through a custom combination of therapies designed to unlock the greatest potential of healing and growth.


  • Disordered Eating
  • Grief
  • Mental Wellness
  • Problem Gambling
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Sex Addiction
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Substance Use
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • Medically Supported Detox (7-10 days)
  • Residential Addiction Treatment (42+ days)
  • Continuing Care (6+ months)
  • Alumni Refresher (14 days)
  • Intensives (5-6 days)
    • Family
    • Sex Addiction
    • Partners of Sex Addicts
    • Gambling
    • Grief
    • Survivors of Child Abuse
    • Recovery Tune Up
    • Children of Addicted Families (3 days, Fall 2017)

Standardized Assessments

  • Addictive Disorders (DSM-5, GAF)
  • Bio/Psycho/Social/Spiritual
  • Concurrent Disorders
  • Medical
  • Process Addictions
  • Psychological (via consulting Psychiatrist if required)

Individualized Case Management

Health & Wellness

  • 24/7 Medical Staff
  • Art Therapy & Crafts
  • Gymnasium and Workout Rooms
  • Music Room
  • Non-denominational Spiritual Spaces
  • Outdoor Courtyard
  • Peer Support
  • Recreational Activities
  • Volunteering
  • Withdrawal Mitigation Protocols

Specialized Groups

  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • 12 Step Meetings
  • Gambling, Grief, Living, Sex Addiction, Eating Disorders and Smoking Cessation, spirituality, Concurrent Disorders, Relapse Prevention
  • Client and Family Centred Care
  • Liaison with Referral Source,  Family, and Community Supports,
    Primary Counsellor and Group
  • Relapse Prevention Plan
  • Treatment Planning and Outcome Measurement

Case Management

  • Individualized treatment plan
  • One-on-one program counsellor
  • Gender specific primary counselling
  • Liaison with referral source and professionals
  • Communicating with key recovery groups/individuals as necessary for treatment.
  • Continuing Care
  • Relapse prevention plan

About Us

The Walter A. "Slim" Thorpe Recovery Centre Society is a non-profit, charitable society and registered in both provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Our mission is to be a leading, community based organization that provides strength, hope, and healing to those affected by addiction and mental health needs.  BN108189093RR0001

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Contact Information



Telephone:  780.875.8890

Toll Free:  1.877.875.8890

Fax:  780.875.2161


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 291

Blackfoot, AB

T0B 0L0