Red Deer Addiction, Rehab Centers, & Treatment Resources
This article covers addiction and rehab centers Red Deer Alberta. Topics covered include regional information, addiction statistics, rehab centers and rehab treatment resources in Red Deer.
Red Deer is a city in central Alberta, situated almost halfway between Calgary and Edmonton, within the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor and is the third-largest city in Alberta by population after Calgary and Edmonton. Red Deer is situated in Aspen parkland, Red Deer County, a region of rolling hills producing oil, grain, and cattle products. The city is a center for oil and agriculture distribution, and the neighboring region is a major center for petrochemical production.
Red Deer takes its name from the Red Deer River, a translation of was-ka-soo, which means Elk River in the Cree aboriginal language. Another neighborhood overlooking the Red Deer River is the town of Waskasoo.
Red Deer Statistics
Population 98,585 in 2014 (increase of 5.7% since 2011)
5.2% of the Red Deer population is of aboriginal identity (2011)
Red Deer has one of the youngest populations in Canada and 1 in 10 (10%) are immigrants
In Canada $21.4 billion worth of alcoholic beverages were sold during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, $2.4 billion in Alberta 76.2% of Albertans reported drinking alcohol in 2012
Among people who consumed alcohol over the past year in Alberta 11.9% exceeded the guideline for chronic effects and 8.8 % exceeded the guideline for acute effects Cannabis use among Albertans aged 15 years and older was 11.4% illicit drug (Cocaine/Crack, Speed, Methamphetamine/ Crystal meth Hallucinogens, Ecstasy, and Heroin) use in Alberta for the previous year was 11.6% 800 Arrested or Ticketed for impaired driving under the influence of alcohol in Red Deer in 2013, with 43 reported cases of impaired driving under the influence of a drug in Red Deer in 2013 3 out of 4 respondents in Red Deer’s Point in Time Homeless Count said that they had an addiction $4.4 Billion – The overall cost of substance abuse for Alberta ($1,414 per capita) Female addicts are 54% more likely to die prematurely because of their drug use
Addiction in Red Deer
The most frequent addiction cases in Red Deer appears to be Ecstasy and Cocaine, mainly because both drugs are readily available, although ecstasy, as expected, is more prevalent in the 15 to 25 year old age group. Easily available at parties and raves, this drug can often be dangerous as anyone taking it loses self-control while under its effects. Unfortunately, overdoses are fairly common on Ecstasy.
Cocaine addiction is clearly present in Red Deer and there have also been a few reports in the past of Cocaine being laced with other dangerous substances which has caused death in some cases, so, city officials have been vigilant and careful in making people aware of these dangers.
Alcohol abuse is also ever present in Red Deer as the statistics below verify.
Although perhaps not as plentiful as some of the other large cities in the Alberta region, rehab centers do exist in Red Deer and these exist in several different formats such as residential, outpatient, private etc.
The Central Alberta Addictions Consortium, together with The City of Red Deer have recently published an Alcohol and Drug Strategy Report (2015), which addresses the problems of drug and alcohol addiction specifically in the Red Deer region, with the following statement as its core mission;
“This local initiative is informed by the four-pillar approach to drug policy, which includes prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement practices. This strategy provides recommended actions to achieve the outcomes identified under each of the four pillars and to meet the needs of our community”
This strategy is of course aimed at reducing, over time, the problems of drug and alcohol addiction and the negative effects on society by taking into account social circumstances and increasing awareness of the problems by improving education. This of course includes improving the rehab facilities in the region as well by increasing the community’s understanding of alcohol and drug use, reducing the level of stigma and discrimination that surround people with an addiction and striving to prevent the harms of substance use.
This will be achieved through education of the community, providing support for affected families, increased prevention programming, especially with youth groups, increased workplace education and counselling and most importantly, simplifying access to addiction and mental health information, including peer support group meetings in Central Alberta.
As far as the subject of treatment is concerned, the study makes the following recommendations; “to enhance community treatment resources that support individuals and families toward healthy and rewarding lives through increasing the diversity and number of treatment options in the community, not only for those who are addicted, but for those around them. This includes appropriate capacity for shelters working with intoxicated people and medically supported detox spaces for youth and adults. Increasing cultural programming for Aboriginal people and newcomers to Canada, increasing addiction support within the Red Deer school systems, support of affordable, accessible and local access to residential treatment for youths and adults, support long-term assisted living and palliative care supports for people with an active addiction”.
We are the only private ‘women only’ treatment center in Western Canada which is a unique solution, the only solution of its kind in this particular geographical area. The strategy mentioned above doesn’t break down statistics or remedial actions into gender, but we believe this is a particularly important factor, especially based on evidence that women are more easily addicted in the first place and require specific tailored treatment to solve their addiction problems.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse has researched the differences of addiction among women and men and found that different factors formed the reasoning behind their use. Possibly because of women’s metabolisms, their bodies react differently to certain drugs such as cocaine for example. Another theory is that women develop addictions because they are psychologically more dependent.
Very few people understand just how scary and difficult it can be to fight an addiction, but the good news is that it’s totally possible with the right help, advice and guidance, and you’ll come out of it as a much stronger person. Finding good rehab centers in Red Deer Alberta is possible.
Please call the 24/7 Rehab Centers Red Deer Hotline here: 1-800-801-8354