Opioid response – Options for care

There are different pathways to recovery and Albertans can choose the path that makes sense to them.

For 24/7 support, call the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322. Call 911 if you suspect an overdose.


Recovery from the disease of addiction is possible for everyone. The path to recovery is different for each person and depends their individual needs.

A range of addiction care services are available in Alberta. Albertans can choose the path that makes sense for them.

Treatment options

Treatment may include recovery housing (pre- and post-treatment), intensive residential treatment, opioid agonist therapy and support for families.

Addiction treatment services

Alberta has a range of licensed residential addiction treatment service providers across Alberta, who provide safe and effective treatment options for addiction.

Find a licensed residential addiction treatment service provider in your area.

Alberta Health Services offers safe, effective treatment options for opioid use and other addictions, including more than 900 treatment beds that specialize in detox, youth, short- and long-term residential treatment, and problem gambling.

Opioid agonist therapy clinics

Opioid agonist therapy (OAT) medications, like methadone and suboxone, allow a person to function normally when they stop taking opioids, with no drowsiness or withdrawal symptoms.

When taken as prescribed, both medications are safe and can be taken long term.

The Opioid Agonist Therapy Gap Coverage Program provides immediate, no-cost coverage for certain OAT medications for 120 days, while you enrol in a supplementary health benefit plan.

Narcotic transition services

Narcotic transition services are available for people with severe opioid use disorder. High-potency opioids can help a person stabilize before transitioning to OAT medications. Witnessed dosing at an AHS clinic is required.

Learn about narcotic transition services.

Narcotic transition services are currently available at Opioid Dependency Program clinics in Edmonton and Calgary.

Overdose prevention

If you are using, do not use alone. During an overdose, you cannot save yourself but you can save someone else.

Follow these tips to protect yourself and others:

Canada's new Good Samaritan law provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 911 for help.

Digital Overdose Response System (DORS)

The Digital Overdose Response System (DORS) is a free, discrete mobile app that can help prevent overdose deaths among people using opioids and other substances while alone. The DORS app can be downloaded from any smart phone’s app store, or through the links available on DORSApp.ca. The website also includes tutorials on how to use the app and links to resources to support you on your journey to recovery.

The app is available throughout Alberta.

Alberta’s government has started engaging with First Nations and Metis Settlements to assess interest in having the DORS app available in Indigenous communities. Interested First Nations and Metis Settlements can contact [email protected] for information.

Harm reduction

Harm reduction aims to decrease the adverse effects resulting from harmful behaviour by those who use substances. Examples include:

Supervised consumption services

Supervised consumption services provide a hygienic place for people to use pre-obtained drugs while monitored by trained staff. Facility staff:

  • provide harm reduction supports such as sterile equipment and encourage safer drug use
  • administer naloxone in the event of opioid overdose
  • connect people to health and social services for treatment, housing supports, etc.

Supervised consumption services locations

  • Calgary

    Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre
    Support available 24/7

    Address: 1213 4 Street SW, Calgary
    Phone: 403-955-3380

  • Edmonton

    Radius Community Health & Healing
    Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
    Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
    Saturday, 9 am to noon

    George Spady Centre
    Support available 24/7

    Address: 10015 105A Avenue NW, Edmonton
    Phone: 780-424-8335
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: gspady.org

    Royal Alexandra Hospital (in-patients only)

  • Grande Prairie

    Mobile Supervised Consumption Service

    Address: 10101 97A Street, Grande Prairie
    Phone: 780-538-3388

  • Lethbridge

    Mobile Overdose Prevention Site
    Daily, 8 am to 4 am

    Address: 802 2A Avenue, Lethbridge

  • Red Deer

    Mobile Overdose Prevention Site
    Support available 24/7

    Address: 5246 53 Avenue, Red Deer
    Phone: 403-346-8858