Regional addictions centre expanded with new beds

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Grande Prairie now has improved capacity for addiction treatments after eight beds were moved from a fee-for-service program to the publicly-funded Northern Addictions Centre.

The centre offers a residential treatment program providing 21-day intensive treatment to help patients deal with alcohol and drug addictions, according to Alberta Health Services last Friday.

The additions bring the centre to a total of 40 beds.

“This shift in our services at the Northern Addictions Centre (will) ensure residential addiction treatment is freely available to all Albertans,” said Susan Given, AHS North Zone addiction and mental health services executive director.

According to AHS, the beds were moved from the Business and Industry Clinic program which was underutilized.

Tyler Shandro, Alberta health minister, said daily user fees for publicly funded addiction treatment plans were eliminated in 2020.

In addition to the residential program, the Northern Addictions Centre offers other services, including individual, group and family counselling, anger management and education.

Grande Prairie-Wapiti MLA Travis Toews said he looked forward to seeing how this change can affect the region the centre serves.

“Supporting people experiencing addiction to live a life in recovery means more of our family, friends and neighbours can contribute to the social and economic fabric of our community,” Toews said.

Locals can contact 811 for more information on available addiction and mental health services.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News