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Information for Workplaces

Alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use costs the Alberta economy an estimated $4.4 billion per year in health-care expenses, law enforcement costs and productivity losses. It also costs lives. If left untreated, substance use and gambling problems in the workplace contribute to 

  • unsafe work practices, accidents and increased risk of injury
  • depression, stress, reduced morale and other emotional problems
  • increased absenteeism, higher workers' compensation and insurance costs
  • alcohol- and drug-related illness

The good news is that these losses can be prevented.

Addiction and Mental Health Workplace Services

AHS Addiction and Mental Health offers information, prevention and treatment services through a provincewide network of offices, facilities and funded services. Services include a toll-free helpline, prevention and education, detoxification, outpatient counselling, opioid dependency programs and residential treatment.

Addiction and Mental Health has counsellors with specific training in workplace issues. This allows us to better meet the needs of employees and supervisors, and to respond readily to referrals from the business community. Other specific services for the Alberta workplace include

  • addictions-related information and prevention resources for the workplace
  • addictions education, employer consultation and supervisory training
  • the Addiction and Mental Health Business & Industry Clinic, which offers residential treatment for employees who have problems related to alcohol or other drugs

For more information and to find an addiction services office near you, please call the 24-hour Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 (Alberta only).