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Aventa has been providing trauma-informed, concurrent capable, residential addiction treatment programs exclusively for women for the past 45 years. At Aventa, pregnant women are admitted without delay to help decrease the risks associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Over 95% of women who access Aventa’s programs report trauma in their histories. Aventa’s program includes the following themes: family of origin, relationships, family violence, sexual abuse and assault, sexism, racism, sexuality, relapse prevention, grief and loss, guilt and shame, and self-care.

Aventa’s skilled and compassionate Clinical Team help women to build personal resilience and relapse prevention skills to overcome the effects of their trauma and addictions.

Trauma and Addiction

Our trauma-informed curriculum and treatment programs place an emphasis on providing an environment that is safe, supportive, and establishes a clear recovery process for women. Trauma plays an integral role in the lives of women with substance abuse issues. Many of our Clients report that they have suffered one or more traumatic events in their lives, which often began in childhood.

The majority of women accessing Aventa’s treatment programs have been unable to experience healthy relationships; they have become involved in a pattern of unhealthy and abusive relationships. Aventa helps women work through their trauma in a safe environment to overcome their addictions, learn to define themselves in a new and healthy way, and take back control of their lives.

At least 85% of our Clients have both addiction and mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Depression can often kill the will to live and disconnect the inner strength that would make it possible to fight their addictions. So, when we treat the addiction, we must also treat underlying health issues.

Our Professional Counsellors work as a team for each Client, providing group-focused and individualized treatment planning and recovery goals. When women turn to us, they are in great need of a place of safety, hope, insight and information. That is what women find at Aventa.

Aventa is an accredited organization with Accreditation Canada.

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2015 Inspiration Award - Leadership in Family Violence Prevention




2014 Bhayana Family Foundation Award- Collaboration MESH (the Alex, Fresh Start Recovery Centre and Prospect)




CCSA Award of Distinction (Aventa is formerly known as The Riverside Villa)





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610 - 25 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2S 0L6 | Phone: (403) 245-9050 | Fax: (403) 245-9485