AADACAlberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission
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Tory MLA David Rodney, chair of the AADAC board, says the incident brought glaring inadequacies to light, and all of Dunn's recommendations were put in place before his report was released.
Yet Rodney acknowledges that, whenever such projects are run, someone will try new ways to take advantage of the system: "I believe that with this happening to AADAC there will be lessons learned across the other ministries and across the province.
During the period of confinement, AADAC will provide detoxification services as well as assessment and counselling to work with parents and youth at risk to develop a voluntary treatment plan to put in place after the child leaves the protective safe house.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child (as defined by the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act) and you suspect or know your child is abusing drugs, then you have the right to apply to the Provincial Court, on notice to AADAC and any other guardian of the child, for an Apprehension and Confinement Order concerning the child.
authorize AADAC to assess the child and to treat the child for detoxification during the confinement.
The program is based on the idea that living in a treatment centre, away from their normal environment, helps clients recognize the reasons for their addictive behaviour, draw upon their personal strengths and make positive changes in their lives, according to Kathy Landry, manager of the AADAC Northern Addictions Centre.
About five per cent of adult Albertans experience moderate to severe problems as a result of their gambling, according to AADAC statistics.
AADAC and its funded agencies provide a range of problem gambling treatment services in 49 Alberta communities including outpatient counselling, residential treatment, referral to self-help groups such as Gambler's Anonymous, and gambling stabilization for individuals experiencing acute physical or emotional problems.
Hossack said paying the room and board fees that AADAC implemented in 1993 never was within Health Canada's mandate.
Albert, said the $10 a day Health Canada was contributing to AADAC residential treatment centres--"less than a million a year" in Alberta--is "a minute amount when you compare the long-term costs of people suffering.
The Aboriginal Health Group received $3,000 in funding from AADAC to adapt the program.
The AADAC Gambling Screen should be given to all clients who are seeking assistance for their own substance abuse problems.