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Alberta Overview & Quick Facts


In Alberta, government services for drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment are coordinated through Alberta Health Services (AHS), an agency funded by the Government of Alberta.

Alberta Health Services has direct services (funded and operated entirely by the government of Alberta) and community-based agencies run by independent community boards.

Alberta Health Services programs include:

  1. Detox and shelter
  2. Assessment and referral
  3. Individual, family, and group counselling
  4. Day and residential treatment
  5. Specialized services for adolescents, Aboriginal people, and women
Quick Facts

Alcohol and Drug Prevalence Rates

Alcohol – Heavy Frequent Use in Past Year*
(Canadian avg. 14.4%)
Cannabis – Use in Past Year
(Canadian avg. 9.1%)
Cocaine/Crack – Use in Past Year
(Canadian avg. 0.9%)
*Note: heavy frequent use means five drinks or more, more than once a week).
Source: Health Canada (2011). Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey.
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