New Dawn Eligibility

This program is designed for self-identified women aged 19 and above, who have addiction as their primary diagnosis. Applicants must be willing to voluntarily participate in the Support Recovery program and should be both mentally and physically capable of engaging in and residing within a communal environment. Explore our homes for an inside look with a house tour!

New Dawn

New Dawn (1st Stage Stabilization)

Please visit our FAQ page to learn more!
New Dawn has a well-respected reputation for remaining accessible to women who experience multiple barriers to accessing treatment, often due to concurrent disorders. As well, New Dawn accepts women who are prescribed medications that remain controversial and can complicate women’s access to services. The capacity for long-term care and supports is unique and critical: effectively addressing the concurrent issues underpinning women’s addiction requires more than 30 – 90 days. Women can access service and care based on their actual needs, and remain in each of our homes for up to 18 months or longer, rather than a predetermined program length. We provide structured programs in safe, comfortable, and home-like residential environments. We emphasize individual empowerment and self-responsibility. Within the program at New Dawn, our residents are introduced to The Women’s Way Through the 12 Steps, as well as a variety of self-help programs.


Our programs are not medicalized treatment programs, but they are therapeutically designed recovery programs. What’s the difference between treatment & support recovery?



  •  takes place in an institution (i.e.: hospital), or institutional-like environments
  •  larger number of participants (20+), often co-ed
  • program is fixed in length (i.e.: 30, 60 or 90 days)
  • rigorous schedules & concentrated curriculums
  • more emphasis on psychoeducation, medicalized treatments & cognitive therapies
  • less emphasis on communal living, strengthening skills for interpersonal relationships, and basic life skills (ie: few if any daily chores, meals are prepared by staff)
  • all supports are provided onsite (medical, psychiatry, counselling, meetings, groups)
  • aftercare planning can be limited
  • “you go in, it’s fast & furious, you leave” vs.


Support Recovery at Chrysalis

  • environments are non-institutional: comfortable, cozy & home-like. The houses are homes.
  • smaller number of participants ( 10 max), women-only
  • women can stay for up to 18 months, or longer
  • very structured, but gentler schedules & routines
  • more emphasis on holistic health, stabilization (body, mind & spirit), & long-term relapse prevention
  • more emphasis on communal living, strengthening skills for interpersonal relationships, & basic lifeskills (ie: daily chores, meal preparation, & self-care)
  • supports provided both onsite and offsite (ie: daily groups & staffing onsite; counseling, therapeutic recreation & concurrent supports offsite)
  • comprehensive aftercare planning is the standard goal
  • “you have time to apply learned skills & knowledge w/ immediate, ongoing supports”


Recovery Stages are NOT determined by length of abstinence alone: we encourage women to think more about their needs are, rather than simply counting the number of days of abstinence they’ve achieved. There are many reasons that women may choose to go to New Dawn despite lengthy abstinence: there are medical supports available in I st-stage that aren’t available in 2nd, and we can have years of abstinence and still not be emotionally ready for semi-independent communal living. New Dawn provides safety, time & 24-hour supports for women to learn how to maintain healthy relationships and life skills as a foundation of recovery – we support women to transition to 2nd-stage when they are emotionally ready, and demonstrate the emotional readiness through their own behaviours and initiative. Time is not an issue – we want women to achieve long-term successes.

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