Addictions Recovery Inc.
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History

Six citizens, concerned about community re-entry needs of the recovering alcoholic, formed Alcohol Recovery Inc (A.R.I.) in 1977. Until that time, a program did not exist in the Winnipeg community tailored to meet the long-term implications of addiction recovery.

Consequently, the Board of Directors of the newly formed A.R.I. designed a ‘living program’ for recovering alcoholics that would plug the holes in existing projects, and give suffering individuals a better chance of successful long-term recovery. Funding and support was sought from institutions and individuals to get the A.R.I. homes under way.

Thanks to the diligence of the initial Board, the necessary financial resources were obtained and A.R.I. began operations in slightly over a year. In November 1978, A.R.I. officially opened a men’s residence, and in May 1980, a women’s residence was added.

In the mid 1990s, Ester House, a recovery home specifically for women but independent from A.R.I., was established in Winnipeg. This allowed A.R.I. the opportunity to also begin specializing and both houses began offering services specifically for men. Since October 2000, A.R.I. has provided these services for men from two seven-bed facilities located in North Winnipeg.

Also in 2000, to better reflect the growing impact drugs were having on those struggling with addiction, A.R.I. changed its name to Addictions Recovery Inc.

Board of Directors

A.R.I. is a non-profit, non-denominational organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which meets monthly to plan for and address the needs of the residents, and to oversee the operation of both houses.

 

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