Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation in Alberta

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation in Alberta

There is a multitude of addiction treatments in Alberta and other locations in Canada. This can range from the initial intervention and residential rehabilitation to outpatient and home-based treatments.

Residential and Outpatient Options in Alberta

Those who are suffering from substance or alcohol abuse and addiction include the individual who is addicted and those who are closest to them, friends and family are those who will be most benefited from the guidance below. Whether you or someone you love is suffering from alcohol or substance abuse, addiction, or dependency, you will be able to identify the agony addiction causes and the number of people it truly affects.

Andy Bhatti Interventions and Addiction Services provide the necessary steps needed to overcome addiction. We offer one-on-one counselling, and support for family interventions to fight addiction because addiction affects everyone involved, not just the one who is addicted. There is no avoiding the inevitable, without intervention the pain gets deeper, the addiction stronger, and the psychological effects extreme.

We serve locations beyond Alberta including, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Alberta Rehab

In-Patient and Out-Patient Treatment

Around two-thirds of people going to rehab all attend a private rehab clinic. This means these people will choose to self-fund their rehab treatment for either substance abuse or alcohol addiction.


When you undergo outpatient treatment, you will attend the rehab clinic during the day but return home in the evening. Outpatient sessions are typically scattered over several weeks or months. During outpatient treatment, you will benefit from one on one counselling, group sessions, and workshops.


Residential treatment requires an individual to be checked into a controlled atmosphere to take initiative and overcome their addiction.


Aftercare helps prevent relapse during your first year of recovery. Residential treatment may run over 2-12 weeks, whereas an aftercare program runs for 6-12 months.

Why In-Patient Treatment in Alberta

Treatment is recommended to be undergone in a residential setting. This allows for an individual who is addicted to move into the rehab facility for the treatment’s entire duration.

Why is inpatient rehabilitation recommended?

With in-patient treatment, your daily influences and temptations are absent. The factor of potentially obstructing detoxification is completely taken away, unlike outpatient treatment. With in-patient treatment, a safe and controlled environment is provided to achieve detoxification.

After an intervention, or once steps have been taken where you are your loved one is dedicated to the goal of rehabilitation, you must pick a facility that is suited to what you need. Andy Bhatti Interventions and Addictions Services focuses on helping family and friends of addicts create and implement an addiction treatment plan. We offer rehab for a variety of abused substances including alcohol, opiate, heroin, fentanyl, prescription medications, and anything that can have addictive elements that individual struggles to overcome.

Rehabilitation, Alberta

Rehabilitation in Alberta provides you with a sense of community. You are not alone while you are going through your detoxification and recovery, there is a group of people who understand and empathize with what you are going through.

The beginning of recovery is not easy, this is when multiple relapses occur. When you are in a rehabilitation center, you do not have access to alcohol or other substances, making relapse significantly harder. In a facility, you will…

Have support and care of the qualified and trained staff.

Be able to focus on your recovery. The elements of responsibility, commitment, and expectations are removed when you go to rehab.

Have access to all kinds of therapy that will help you learn about yourself, learn skills to cope and stay sober, and help repair damaged relationships.

Is Rehab in Canada for me?

Are you questioning whether you are a suitable candidate for intervention or
rehabilitation in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, or Ontario? Or wondering if your intensity of alcohol or substance abuse is serious enough to need treatment?

Anyone who is struggling with addictive behaviours will benefit from going to some kind of rehabilitation service. There are different variations of rehabilitation, the main variance being in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation.

Inpatient rehabilitation in Alberta or other provinces means you are required to stay at the clinic for the duration of the treatment, from detoxification to therapy to avoid relapse.

Outpatient rehabilitation in Alberta means you will stay at home during the evening and overnight and travel to the facility by day.

Every person is different, personal implications must be taken into consideration when determining the best-advised path for you.

Intervention in Alberta

A major factor as to why individuals take so long to get professional help is that they refuse to admit that they have an addiction. Denial or perspective can skew how someone determines how far gone they are in terms of their alcohol or substance abuse. A solution to this denial is an intervention. Drug or alcohol interventions involve the addicted individual and their loved ones gathering and effectively sharing how this addiction has affected each of them. A successful intervention can change your loved one’s life. You owe it to them to try to do whatever it takes to get them the help that they so desperately need. Interventions can result in the individual becoming defensive, this is why finding the right intervention specialist or recovery coach for your loved one can make all the difference on their journey to rehabilitation.

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Criteria for Substance Use Disorder in DSM-5

One of the ways the team might assess you as a patient is through the ASAM criteria. This is a series of criteria that were created by the ASAM society of clinicians, the purpose of which is to assess the severity of your substance abuse struggles.

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Acute Intoxication and/or Withdrawal Potential
  • Biomedical conditions and complications
  • Emotional, Behavioural, or Cognitive Conditions and Complications
  • Readiness to change
  • Relapse, continued use, or continued problem potential
  • Recovery/living environment]

Based on the answers that you give, our team will develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your particular needs.

This is something that needs to be understood about rehab – treatment is different for everyone, as the clinicians recognize that recovery is not a “one size fits all”.

This is why it is so important, to be honest, and upfront during your discussions – they are just there to help you.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation for Teens in Alberta

Substance and alcohol addiction illnesses are not ones where immunity is acquired, teens and young adults are just as likely to acquire addictive behaviours.

Many teens attending rehab in Alberta may have dropped out of school or university because of their issues with substance use. Many may also experience forms of aggression and anger issues that prevent them from functioning in day-to-day life. Our rehabilitation services have developed a rehab program to address these conditions that are common among teens and young adults who have been affected by addiction.

The aim of treatment is long-term rehabilitation to further help teens and young adults better manage their addictive behaviours and emotions so that they can thrive in the workplace or an educational setting and in their everyday life.

In-Patient and Out-Patient Treatment Alberta

Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing an Alberta Rehab

What is the ultimate goal you would like to get out of rehab? By determining what you consider to be defined as success, you will be able to better identify what you would like out of the program.

Are you looking for short-term or long-term programs? Some programs are as short as 28 days, many find they need longer to learn skills to stay sober.

At Andy Bhatti Interventions and Addiction Services, our goal is long-term rehabilitation.

What is the program’s method for subsiding cravings?

Learn these methods and decide which seems most fitting for you.

Is there a nutritional component?

When people first get sober, their health is poor. A health component could be beneficial to you.

Do they teach needed life skills?

The goal is long-term rehabilitation, getting sober, and staying sober. So will you learn the skills necessary to stay on this path and defeat temptations?

How does the rehab center view relapse?

Some people see relapse as a natural part of recovery while others believe relapse can be avoided if rehab is done properly.

What do you believe?

Do they offer an ‘instant cure’ or other kinds of strange promises?: Stay away from any centers that offer an ‘instant cure’ or other promises that seem too good to be true, as they probably are.

Do you feel good about the steps the rehabilitation program requires?

How Do I Help Get a Loved One into Rehab in Alberta?

Before confronting someone you care about who is fighting an addiction, it needs to be known that they are battling a disease. They are likely in denial which means they are most likely unable to stop on their own even if they want to. It also means that asking or nagging them to go to rehab will probably not work. This does not mean that they cannot get help.

If someone in your life is suffering from substance abuse or alcohol addiction, and you want them to go to rehab, the best path to success is an intervention. Interventions are considered to be one of the most constructive and effective approaches to guiding a loved one to rehab. Through an intervention, having everyone who cares about the individual and who the individual cares about sitting together and sharing their experiences of how they have all been affected by their addiction can break through their denial.

If you decide to take the route of an intervention, hire a professional interventionist. One who has first-hand experiences with addiction. They will be able to advise and guide you, they have the knowledge to share and they are proof that long-term sobriety can be accomplished.

Call us today and let us help you set up a treatment plan that has succeeded as the long-term goal, for someone you care for.



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