According to Health Canada and Statistics Canada, Alberta has higher per capita rates of alcohol consumption, and heavy drinking, than the national average. Those seeking help are often using more than one substance, and many of these drug use disorders may be linked to mental illness.
Research is needed to determine which interventions are the most effective when treating individuals with concurrent disorders, and most importantly, how multiple service providers can work together to provide such interventions.
1 Statistics Canada (2012). Canadian Community Health Survey - Mental Health Component. Custom tabulation conducted by Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services.
2 Williams RJ, Hann RG, Schopflocher D, West B, McLaughlin P, White N, King K, & Flexhaug T (2015). Quinte Longitudinal Study of Gambling and Problem Gambling. Report prepared for the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. Guelph, Ontario. February 20, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3641
3 The Alberta Survey of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health in the Workforce: 2009, Institute of Health Economics. www.ihe.ca