Do you or someone you know need help?
If you or someone you know needs help, contact our Admissions Department at (403) 245-9050 to book a confidential assessment with one of our counsellors. Our staff will answer all your questions about our alcohol, drug, nicotine and gambling treatment and rehabilitation programs, the disease of addiction and its impact on the family. We can also make referrals to other services as required.
Treatment can be a difficult and emotional journey and at some point your loved one may feel like leaving. If your loved one calls you asking to leave, you can be supportive by encouraging her to speak with a counsellor for support, to think about her reasons for going to treatment in the first place, and the goals she wants to accomplish. You can also reach out to community services for your own support.
The Calgary based Adult Addiction Services, via Alberta Health Services, offers free programs that may be of interest to family and friends of a loved one with an addiction. They offer an “Information Series”, which discusses the physical aspects of addiction, psychological aspects of addiction and addiction and the family. They also offer the “New Balance” program an information and support group for family members and friends affected by someone else’s addiction problem. Please call them directly for more information (403) 297-3071.
For information on support services in your community please call the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322. Addiction Helpline is a toll free confidential service which provides alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling support, information and referral to services. The Addiction Helpline operates 24 hour a day, seven days a week and is available to all Albertans. Additional community resources including 211 Alberta, Health Link and how to reduce the risk of overdosing are available here.
Al-Anon is self-help recovery program for people who believe their lives may have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Information on Alberta meetings is available here.
Family and Friends
Family and friends often bear the heavy emotional burden of resentment, fear, and hopelessness due to the addictions of their loved ones. Aventa Clients learn new skills and tools that support them in the recovery process. Sometimes family members and friends do not always have the opportunity to learn about addiction, the recovery process, boundaries and communication skills, all of which can impact the relationship dynamics.
To learn more about our Family and Friends Program, please visit our Family and Friends Program page.
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