Alberta Detox

Alberta Withdrawal Management Services (Detox)

Welcome to the Alberta detoxification page. Typically, when individuals or their family members are looking for detox resources they are in crisis. With crisis bring confusion. Where can I get help? How fast can I get in? This page will help you navigate the detoxification system in Calgary, Alberta.

Do You Need Treatment? Do You Need Detox?
People often confuse the term ‘detox’ with ‘treatment’ so let’s clarify what both words mean. Detox means dealing with the physical aspects of consuming too much drugs or alcohol. The length of stay in a typical Edmonton detox is overnight to 7 days. Many clients are discharged after one overnight stay because there is so much demand for beds in a typical Alberta detox.

Treatment, on the other hand, addresses the psychological aspects of substance abuse and addiction. The length of stay in treatment can vary from several weeks to several months. A type of residential treatment known as support recovery or sober living can last anywhere from 6 months to several years.

Alberta Detoxes Don’t Address the Psychological Aspects of Addiction
The majority of Alberta detoxes don’t provide counselling or talk therapy. If you are looking for a program that addresses the psychological aspects of drug addiction or alcoholism consider residential treatment. Our addiction program, Sunshine Coast Health Center, is a short 25 minute flight from Vancouver and admissions can be scheduled within a few days. Sunshine Coast also has a medical detox so no clean/sober time is required prior to admission. We receive many clients from Calgary and southern Alberta because they need immediate assistance and want comprehensive, longer terrm treatment. For more information contact our Admissions Coordinator toll-free at 1(866) 487-9010, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or go to our Contact Us page to send us an email.

Most Detoxes in Alberta are No Charge
It is important to note that there is no charge for detox at the programs list below if you are a resident of Alberta and have provincial health care. One program, Thorpe Recovery, does have 6 private beds but they also have government-funded beds (see listing below).

Don’t Detox Alone
Think again if you are considering detoxing alone at home. Detoxing from alcohol or alcohol combined with certain drugs can be life-threatening. If you are travelling to be admitted into a detox take a cab, a bus or get a ride from a sober friend or family member. If your admission to alcohol detox is delayed consider small sips of alcohol rather than going cold turkey during the hours leading up to your detox admission. For more information on withdrawing from alcohol refer to the following alcohol information page.

Central Referral Lines for Alberta Detox Services and Online Nursing Support
If you wish to speak to a medical professional about your detox from drugs or alcohol contact Health Link Alberta. Whether you’re calling for yourself or a loved one, Registered Nurses at Health Link Alberta will assess your symptoms and determine the most appropriate care. That option might be advice for self-care at home, an appointment with your family physician or a visit to the nearest urgent care or emergency department. Access is 24 hour, 7 day a week and support is provided by experienced registered nurses and other health-care professionals. Their phone number in Calgary is toll-free 1(866) 408-5465 (LINK) or (780) 408-5465 (LINK). To view online health information visit

There is currently no central referral line for Alberta detox programs. Please contact the detoxes listed below directly.

Detox Programs Located in Edmonton or Calgary
This website does not include detoxification services located in Edmonton or Calgary. For more information visit our Edmonton Detox page at or the Calgary Detox page at


Adult Fort Macleod Detox Programs
Foothills Detox Centre is a residentially-based service that provides safe detoxification, providing 24-hour care by qualified nursing staff and a consulting physician, health stabilization, assessment, referral, information sessions and an introduction to self-help groups, offers addiction treatment planning. Facilitated by addictions counsellors.

Foothills Detox Centre
810 18 Street
Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0
Phone: (403) 553-4466
Fax: (403) 553-4819

Adult Fort McMurray Detox Programs
Pastew Place is a 16 bed (12 men, 2female, 2observation) co-ed social detox. The detox happens in a residential like setting. Clients can come for withdrawal, pre-treatment, and post-treatment. Clients can self-refer.
Pastew Place Detox Centre
505 Sakitawaw Trail S
Fort McMurray AB T9H 4P3
Phone: (780) 791-2525
Fax: (780) 791-2521
E-Mail: Use form in the “Contact Us” section

Adult Grande Prairie Detox Programs
Grande Prairie Northern Addictions Centre is a 24-bed co-ed medically supervised detox for adults 18 and older. Clients can self-refer. Priority will be given to clients most in need of withdrawal services.
Grande Prairie Northern Addictions Centre
11333 106 St.
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6T7
Phone: (780) 538-6300
Fax: (780) 538-6313
Toll-free: 1(866) 332-2322

Adult High Prairie Detox Programs
The Metis Indian Town Alcohol Association has an 8-bed (5 male, 3 female) co-ed social detox service for adults 18 and older. There are also 10 spaces for shelter beds.
Metis Indian Town Alcohol Association
PO Box 1202
High Prairie AB T0G 1E0
Phone: (780) 523-3372 (High Prairie)
Phone: (780) 524-2909 (Valleyview)
Toll-free: 1(800) 207-9320

Adult Lloydminster Detox Programs
Thorpe Recovery Centre is a safe, supportive environment where people physically withdraw from chemicals. Clients also receive two hours of education on addiction and recovery each day and are introduced to 12-step recovery programs. Due to a shortage of beds, clients currently spend five to seven days in detox. 16 bed co-ed medically supervised Detox. Fee-for-service detox available.

Lloydminster Thorpe Recovery Centre
4204 54 Avenue
Lloydminster, AB T9V 2R6
Phone: (780) 875-8890
Fax: (780) 875-2161
Toll-free: 1(877) 875-8890

Adult Red Deer Detox Programs
Safe Harbour Society is a 19-bed co-ed (15 men, 4 women) social detox service. Clients can self-refer.
Safe Harbour Society
5246 53 Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 5K2
Phone: (403) 347-0181


Youth Clairmont Detox Programs
The youth detox program in Clairmont has 4 social detox beds for youth 13 to 17 years of age. An Alberta Health Service, government-funded program.
Youth Residential Detox & Stabilization Home
9715 105th Avenue
Clairmont, AB T0H 0W3
Phone: (780) 567- 3128
Fax: (780) 567-3403


Home Detox Programs in Medicine Hat
Victorian Order of Nurses provides home detox services for Medicine Hat and area. Home detox means you detox at your place of residence and are visited by a nurse at scheduled intervals.

Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada Western Region
105 3030 13th Avenue SE
Medicine Hat AB T1B 1E3
Phone: (403) 529-1222
Toll-free: 1(403) 529-1222


Private Alcohol and Drug Detox Programs in Alberta

To the best of our knowledge, there are no private detox programs in the province of Alberta. However, there is a private detox-only program in British Columbia, Sunshine Coast Health Center For more information call toll-free, 1(866) 487-9010.