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 may include recovery housing (pre- and post-treatment), intensive residential treatment, opioid agonist therapy and support for families.
Addiction treatment services
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.
Find an addiction treatment service near you:
- see the list of addiction and substance use programs and services, or
- call the 24-hour helpline at 1-866-332-2322
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.
- Learn about the Opioid Dependency Program
- Find an opioid agonist therapy clinic in Alberta
- Learn more about the Opioid Agonist Therapy Gap Coverage Program
If you are using, don't use alone. During an overdose, you can't save yourself but you can save someone else.
Follow these tips to protect yourself and others:
- reduce the risk of overdose
- how to spot an overdose
- follow the SAVE ME steps to respond to an overdose
- get a free Naloxone kit to help reverse an overdose
Canada's new Good Samaritan law provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 911 for help.
Harm reduction aims to decrease the adverse effects resulting from harmful behaviour by those who use substances. Examples include:
- peer and outreach supports
- needle distribution
- distribution of naloxone kits and other harm reduction supplies
- supervised consumption services
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 (treatment, housing supports, etc.)
Supervised consumption services locations
Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre
Support available 24/7
Address: 1213 4 Street SW, Calgary
Boyle Street Community Services
Monday to Sunday, 8:30 am to 7:30 pm (Closed from 10:30 am to noon, daily)
Boyle McCauley Health Centre
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
Monday to Saturday, 8:30 pm to 7 am
Royal Alexandra Hospital (in-patients only)
Mobile Supervised Consumption Service
Address: 10101 97A Street, Grande Prairie
Monday to Friday, 9:15 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm
Address: 4611 50 Avenue, Red Deer
Operators have applied for federal exemptions to establish supervised consumption services in:
- Medicine Hat
- Calgary (mobile location)
- Red Deer (a permanent supervised consumption services location)
For more information, review the:
Review of supervised consumption services
The Alberta government is reviewing the socio-economic impacts of current and proposed supervised consumption services locations.
For more information, visit Supervised Consumption Services Review.