Raising awareness around addiction

November 22, 2021

National Addictions Awareness Week runs Nov. 21-27

RED DEER — National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) provides opportunities to address harms related to substance use, and to inform Albertans about prevention, treatment and recovery.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is sharing information regarding addiction to recognize NAAW, which runs Nov. 21 to 27.

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

NAAW calls on everybody to learn more about issues related to substance use and problem gambling, and gives us an opportunity to highlight ways in which all Albertans can play a role — big or small — to support one another in living addiction-free by driving change together.

Resources are available to help individuals, families, schools and communities. Visit www.ahs.ca/helpintoughtimes. These resources include information on what individuals can to do for their mental 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.