One of the biggest challenges we face moving forward as a province is dealing with addiction and mental health concerns. Before the pandemic, we were facing an opioid crisis, and in some ways the pandemic has further aggravated those issues. It’s why our government is supporting everyday Albertans by building a comprehensive recovery-oriented system of care for those struggling with addiction. This system is built on the premise that recovery is possible for everyone, and that no Albertan should be left without access to life-saving treatment and recovery services.
This issue has been a priority for our government and in 2019, we committed to funding 4,000 annual treatment spaces. However, we’ve more than doubled our commitment by funding over 8,000 annual treatment, detox, and recovery spaces.
Alberta’s Recovery Plan is helping Albertans access life-saving addiction and mental health-related prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resources. This $140-million investment is supporting the addition of new treatment spaces at nine different treatment Centres in Calgary including the Alpha House Society, the Calgary Dream Centre, and Fresh Start Addictions Centre.
One of the biggest changes our government made is eliminating daily user fees for all Albertans accessing publicly funded addiction treatment. Historically, Albertans were charged $40 per day, a financial barrier that prevented many people from seeking help. Albertans shouldn’t be forced to choose between being able to make their mortgage payments or accessing life-saving treatment services. That’s why publicly funded addiction treatment is now completely free for any Albertan.
If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Addiction Helpline, a 24-7 confidential toll-free service, at 1-866-332-2322. They can provide support, information, and referrals to services. Albertans can also visit recoveryaccessalberta.ca to find treatment options.
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