“National Addictions Awareness Week is Nov. 21-27.

“This year’s theme is Driving Change Together. In Alberta, we are fortunate to have many passionate individuals and organizations dedicated to helping Albertans recover from addiction. Today and every day, we thank you for your work.

“Together, we are ensuring that every Albertan has access to a comprehensive recovery-oriented system of care. Many thousands of steadfast and courageous Albertans have worked – or are working – to recover from addiction and mental illness. These Albertans have found dignity, self-respect and love for themselves, each other and their community. They are a living example that recovery is possible for everyone.

“Alberta’s government is helping more Albertans access life-saving prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resources. A $140-million investment over four years is supporting the addition of new publicly funded addiction treatment spaces; the elimination of daily user fees for publicly funded residential addiction treatment; a new patient matching tool, Recovery Access Alberta; and services to reduce harm, such as the Digital Overdose Response system (DORS), the introduction of a nasal naloxone pilot and the expansion of opioid agonist therapy.

“Addiction is an illness from which recovery is possible. The thousands of Albertans successfully living in recovery are a testament to the fact that treatment works and recovery is possible. Our goal is to ensure that treatment is readily available for anyone who needs it.

“Anyone can call 211 or visit RecoveryAccessAlberta.ca to find treatment providers in your area.”