AHS raises awareness around addiction, recovery

November 17, 2023

National Addictions Awareness Week runs Nov. 19-25

EDMONTON – National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) provides opportunities to address harms related to substance use and to inform Albertans about prevention, treatment and recovery.

Through this year’s theme, Inspiration, Innovation and Inclusion, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is focused on highlighting the advancements made to support individuals on their path to recovery.

Using a recovery-oriented approach, AHS is expanding and enhancing access to treatment and support for Albertans no matter where they live.

Supported by the Government of Alberta, AHS has expanded supports for those suffering from addiction, including the enhancement of opioid treatment through additional clinics and the expansion of the Virtual Opioid Dependency Program.

AHS recognizes the importance of engaging Albertans as key partners in their care and offers a range of services to help those facing mental health challenges or suffering from addiction live a more satisfying, hopeful and contributing life. The path to recovery is different for everyone but it is possible.

Resources available to help individuals, families, schools, and communities. Visit www.ahs.ca/helpintoughtimes.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, please know help is available. Albertans can get more information and help by calling Health Link at 811 or the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Our mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. Our current focus is on reducing emergency department wait-times, improving EMS response times, increasing access to surgeries, and improving patient flow.