“Alberta is proud to once again recognize September as Recovery Month.

“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 believes in recovery and is building a full recovery-oriented system of care to help Albertans live a healthy life.

“Recovery is so much more than simply ending substance use or seeking support for mental illness. It is also about rebuilding other aspects of life that eroded as a result of addiction and mental illness, such as family, social, cultural and spiritual connections; employment skills and training; housing; physical and mental health; and more. The goal is for each person to lead a full, healthy life.

“Alberta’s government is making a variety of services available. From fully funded treatment spaces to opioid agonist therapy to overdose prevention services, help is here to support any Albertan in their pursuit of recovery. 

“Life-saving prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resources are available and accessible. A $140-million investment over four years is supporting the addition of new publicly funded treatment spaces; the elimination of daily user fees for publicly funded residential addiction treatment; and services to reduce harm, such as the Digital Overdose Response System (DORS), the introduction of nasal naloxone kits and the expansion of opioid agonist therapy.

“Every Albertan deserves the opportunity to enter recovery and to be supported in their recovery. To all Albertans who are in recovery, your spirit and strength are celebrated. You are a living example that recovery is possible for everyone.

“To anyone who is struggling, please reach out for help if you need it. Anyone can visit RecoveryAccessAlberta.ca to easily find services that may suit their needs. Albertans can also call the confidential toll-free Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 or the Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642 for support to determine which service is best for them.”