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Aventa is a respected leader in the field of addiction treatment for women. Our programs work.

One of Aventa’s priorities is working with pregnant women; pregnant women are admitted without delay which helps decrease the risks associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

It has been researched and demonstrated that addictions in women exist for different reasons and manifest in different forms than addictions in men, underlining the need for gender-specific treatment. Due to women’s histories of violence and trauma, gender-specific treatment provides a safe opportunity for recovery.

Trauma and Addiction

Aventa offers a trauma-informed curriculum and our 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. Aventa’s own experience has consistently shown that 95% of our Clients have suffered at least one traumatic event in their lives, but in most cases women have suffered many events 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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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)





Charitable Registration No. 12919 9634 RR0001


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