Addiction Information

You are not alone and we are here to help. Registered Nurses are on site in the Health, Safety & Wellness Centre to help you navigate the addiction resources that will best meet your needs!
 
Addiction information:
 

Alcohol

While drinking alcohol is itself not necessarily a problem, drinking too much can cause a range of consequences.
Do you or someone you know drink too much? Check here! 
 
College Life
According to National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2015), drinking at college has become a ritual that students often see as an integral part of their education experience. Many student come to college with established drinking patterns and having some experience with alcohol.  Certain aspects of college life, such as unstructured time, the widespread availability of alcohol and limited interactions with parents and other adults, can intensify the problem. In fact, college students have higher binge-drinking rates and a higher incidence of driving under the influence of alcohol than their non-college peers.
 
Visit Canada's Low Risk Drinking Guidelines for more informaiton on safe consumption
 

Fentanyl

Fentanyl Information

Fentanyl is a powerful opiate that is showing up in other drugs in Alberta. As Fentanyl is 50-100 times more toxic than morphine, students are advised to become informed about the risks of the drug, the life saving medication Naloxone, and how to access Naloxone Kits.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate medication that, while safe to use when prescribed by a doctor and used as directed for the treatment of chronic pain, can be deadly when changing dosages or using illegally. Fentanyl is most often sold as “green beans,” “green apples,” “shady eighties,” or “fake oxy.”

Why is Fentanyl concerning?

While Fentanyl itself is being sold illegally, it is increasingly being found in other street drugs such as oxycontin, heroin and cocaine. Fentanyl is indistinguishable when hiding in other substances, causing recreational drug users to unknowingly consume it.

The best way to avoid the dangers of Fentanyl or other drugs is to abstain from them. However, users of Fentanyl and other drugs can access Naloxone Kits, which can save lives in the event of opiate overdose. 

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a self-administered medication that can temporarily counteract the effects of an opiate overdose, as long as it is given right away. In other words: if you're having an OD from Fentanyl (or other opiates), Naloxone can save your life. 

Anyone at risk of opiate overdose (e.g. current or previous users of opiates) can get a Naloxone Kit to carry with them when using drugs. The Naloxone Kit is free of change. 

Naloxone is a drug that can reverse a fentanyl overdose, so long as it is given right away. In other words: if you’re having an OD from fentanyl (or other opioids), Naloxone can save your life. Naloxone kits are available free of charge to anyone at risk of opioid overdose (i.e. current or previous users of opioids).

Get a Naloxone Kit at:
Red Deer 
Turning Point | 4611 - 50th Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 3Z9 | Ph. 403.346.8858
Westpark IDA | 3722 57 Ave., Red Deer, AB, T4N 4R7 | Ph. 403.346.8809
 
 

Gambling and Gaming

The accessibility of gambling, gaming and internet addiction is on the rise. Gambling and internet gaming can be a form of entertainment, but can also escalate into a form of addiction that effects work-life and relationships. Alberta Health Services provides an insightful helpful guide on gambling which may help you discover if it’s a problem for you or those you love.
 
or more information and to find an addiction services office near you, please call the 24-hour Helpline at 1.866.332.2322.
 

Tobacco 

RDC Health, Safety & Wellness Centre will assist you in Tobacco Reduction and cessation. We offer:
Non-judgemental support and guidance through the quitting process
Informaiton for those who would like to quit smoking or use of other tobacco products
Education and materials around tobacco reduction and cessation
Nicotine Replacement Therapy products
 
 
Additional Resources & Links
Alberta Quits  1.866.710.QUIT (7848)
Become Smoke Free  1.866.717.2673
Canadian Cancer Society  1.866.939.3333
 

Other Drug Use

Commonly Abused Drugs and their harmful effects.
 

Resources

Addiction Helpline, Alberta Health Services
1.866.332.2322 (24 hours), across Alberta
The Addiction Helpline is a toll free confidential service which provides alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling support, information and referral to services. The Addiction Helpline operates 24 hour a day, seven days a week and is available to all Albertans.

Addiction Services - Adult Counselling
www.albertahealthservices.ca
1.780.427.2736
Alberta Health Services short-term adult outpatient treatment services include individual, family and group counselling for those with alcohol, other drug or gambling concerns. Free and confidential services. 

Alberta Health Link
811
24-hour non-emergency health advice.

 
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