• Motivational interviewing: helps
clients to develop the motivation
and skills to change behavior
by thinking differently and
creating the belief that change
• Cognitive-behavioural therapy:
helps clients to understand how
their thoughts and beliefs affect
their actions and behaviours
• Community reinforcement
approaches: a person is offered
community and family support,
plus life skills development so
a sober lifestyle becomes more
rewarding than addiction
• Contingency (or reward system)
management: this method
focuses on creating and giving
positive consequences; when a
behaviour is rewarded it is more
likely to be repeated
• Couples or family therapy:
involves partners and other
family members of the addicted
person in treatment to share,
learn and support.
Addiction treatment is constantly
evolving to keep up with the new
research, eliminate stigma and
ensure all available methods,
including harm reduction, are
practised, says Craig Staniforth, a
project manager in the Addiction
and Mental Health Branch of Alberta
Addiction prevention is most
effective when promoted and
supported throughout the
community. This can include people
contributing to the well-being of
those around them, guiding and
supporting parents, and government
policies and laws that support
— with files from Terry Bullick
Addiction is not a choice, but treatment is. Albertans can choose from a variety of treatment
options and help is available to find the one right for you or someone you know.
Most addiction treatment programs begin with the 12-step framework of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Many are building on that framework as more is learned about addiction and how it affects
different people and communities. Alberta’s addiction programs include:
Alberta Health Services Addiction Programs and Services
Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Helpline
across the province.
Alberta’s Primary Care Network
than 1,100 other health-care professionals.
South Country Treatment Centre, Lethbridge
403-329-6603 / email@example.com
Clients learn and discuss how addiction affects their lives.
Fresh Start Recovery Program, Calgary
has curfews, chores and meditation on top of basic treatment.
Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centre, St. Albert
Pastew Place Detoxification Centre, Fort McMurray
780-791-0952 / pastewplacedetox.com
For additional resources, see page 77.
Alberta treatment options