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July 01, 2012

A tournament of miracles

AARC takes battle against teen addiction to the greens

Aaliya Essa

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The pristine greens of the Silvertip Golf Resort in Canmore will be the backdrop in the battle against teenage drug & alcohol addiction, as the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC) will be holding its 2012 Tournament of Miracles golf event here.

AARC’s annual 18-hole Tournament of Miracles will be held on August 22 at this prestigious par-72 course at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. They are hoping to raise $200,000 at this year’s event to improve on the $160,000 total last year.

The tournament serves as a way to raise donations and increase awareness about AARC and teen addiction. AARC says it is “a celebration of miracles; that together people can persevere, by combining their efforts to help AARC continue to provide treatment to teens, and provide support to families who are also coping with the addiction.”

AARC also receives donations through private and corporate establishments, as well as provincial government funding. But the awareness and additional funds they gain from this annual golf event is an important component of their program.

“Our mission is to successfully treat adolescents and their families suffering from the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction,” says AARC.

AARC is an accredited Calgary-based long-term intensive treatment centre for chemically addicted adolescents between the ages of 12 and 21. AARC is unlike any program in Canada. It is long-term (averaging approximately one year), built on a solid foundation of research augmented by clinical expertise. It is open to all, regardless of income level.

AARC has been helping teens battle addiction since 1991, creating a place for youth to be rehabilitated and receive the treatment they need to live a healthy normal life. To date, over 480 teens and 1,600 family members have graduated from the program.

Support from donors is how AARC keeps their doors open, to ensure that their clients receive the best care, and are able to continue to utilize the programs they have available there. No one requiring AARC’s intensive program is turned away based on their inability to cover the costs.

Registration fee is $400 each. Everyone is welcome to register for the Tournament of Miracles, interested parties can call 403.253.5250 or go to their website www.aarc.ab.ca to learn more.

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