AHS raises awareness around addiction and recovery in Grande Prairie

November 21, 2022

National Addiction Awareness Week runs Nov. 20-26

GRANDE PRAIRIE – National Addiction Awareness Week (NAAW) provides opportunities to raise awareness and inform Albertans about prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is teaming with individuals, community groups and businesses across the province to recognize NAAW, which runs until Saturday.

This year’s theme is A Community of Caring.

Addiction is a complex health issue, and the effects of addiction go beyond the individual, and may include their family, friends, and society. Every Albertan should have the opportunity to pursue recovery, and community support is essential as they navigate services within Alberta’s recovery-oriented system of care.

NAAW calls on everybody to learn more about addiction and recovery and gives us an opportunity to highlight ways in which all Albertans can play a role — big or small — to support one another in driving change together.

The following is a list of some events taking place in North Zone communities:

Resources available to help individuals, families, schools, and communities. Visit www.ahs.ca/helpintoughtimes. These resources include information on what people can do for their well-being, including self-care tips, which can reduce the chance of addiction occurring.

Some examples of positive self-care include:

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 planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.