AHS - Addiction Network

Address:6th Fl. North Tower, Foothills Medical Center
1403 19 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 2T9
Phone:(403) 944-2025
Fax:(403) 944-2026
Hours of Operation:
Brief Description of Services Provided:

15-30 % percent of all inpatient admissions in Canada are the direct result of medical complications arising from addictions. Hospital inpatients present healthcare workers with a unique opportunity to address substance use issues at a time when patients are easily accessible and may be considering a change toward a healthier lifestyle. Both Health Canada and the World Health Organization recommend the use of brief counseling techniques in primary care and tertiary settings to motivate patients toward reducing hazardous substance use. The Calgary Health Region Addiction Network team provides an enhanced consultation service to inpatients at the Calgary health Region Adult acute care hospitals.  The Network team is available to any adult inpatient who presents with a history of substance abuse co-occurring with a significant psychiatric and/or medical diagnosis. The full service includes clinical and educational components.

The clinical component includes assessment at the bedside including brief treatment, medical consultation and liaison services. The service incorporates the evidence-based approach known as motivational interviewing, a directive non-judgmental counseling style, to enhance patients’ intrinsic desire to reduce substance use. In-hospital psycho-educational groups focused on the patients’ motivation towards changing their behaviour.

The educational component includes ongoing education (e.g., training workshops, seminars) and consultation services to hospital staff working with patients with substance use disorders.

Special Populations:
Referral Process:Access Mental Health
Programs Offered:Hospital inpatient enhanced consultation
Restrictions or Exclusions Criteria: Must be inpatients at the Peter Lougheed, Rockyview or Foothills hospitals