Saturday, December 2, 2023

$10 million announced for two recovery communities in southern Alberta

Premier Jason Kenney visited the Blood Reserve Saturday to announce $10 million for two new recovery communities in southern Alberta.

One facility will be built on the Blood Reserve and the other in Lethbridge County.

Together, the communities will add 125 treatment beds to support long-term recovery for those living with addictions.

As part of the announcement, Kenney added 16 new publicly funded medical detox and transition beds would be added to the Foothills Centre in Fort Macleod and 15 in Lethbridge to increase access to recovery supports for people struggling with addiction in southern Alberta.

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The UCP government previously announced it would be building five new recovery communities in Alberta as part of the province’s economic recovery plan.

Also known as therapeutic communities, they are a form of long-term residential treatment for addiction where participants advance through the stages of treatment at their own pace, setting personal objectives and assuming greater responsibilities in the community along the way.

A facility is also set to be built in Red Deer.

The remaining two locations have yet to be announced.

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