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AHS promotes National Addictions Awareness Week

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is teaming up with individuals, community groups, schools and businesses across the province to mark National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs Nov. 22 to 28.

The effects of addiction go beyond the individual to include family, friends and society as a whole. Preventing and reducing harm related to substance use and addiction is everyone’s business.

National Addictions Awareness Week calls on all of us to learn more about issues related to substance use and problem gambling. The week is also an opportunity to highlight ways in which all Albertans can play a role, big or small, to support one another in living addiction-free.

“We understand the impact addiction can have on Albertans and we are committed to ensure people get the help they need, when they need it, to start their journey of recovery. This is why we have committed $140 million to make treatment and recovery available to all Albertans struggling with addiction in every corner of our province,” says Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

Albertans can access addiction and mental health information, prevention, treatment services and programs at AHS sites across the province. AHS staff, local community coalitions and other partners are also working to address the needs of Albertans in the communities where they live. Call Health Link at 811 to find an AHS Addiction and Mental Health site near you.

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.

– Submitted by Alberta Health Services

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