- One in five adults in Alberta are directly affected by addictions. This includes alcohol, gambling, illicit drugs, prescription drugs and a variety of other substances and behaviours.
- Each year, approximately 16,000 Albertans seek treatment for their addiction issues. Men in Alberta are at particularly high risk for developing addictions.
- The social, emotional, and economic costs of addiction affect everyone. Economically, addiction costs Albertans billions of dollars in direct health care expenses, law enforcement costs, traffic collisions, and lost productivity in the workplace and home.
- Socially and emotionally, the costs of addiction includes divorce, child abuse, homelessness, poverty, involvement in crime, unemployment, and depression.
- The availability of drugs and alcohol along with Alberta’s cultural norms which promote a high societal tolerance for substance use all have a significant impact on Alberta’s addiction rates.
- There is a critical need in Alberta for services that will support lifelong recovery for individuals struggling with addiction.
What makes Oxford House unique?
- Oxford House provides the time, peer support, and structured living environment necessary for long-term behaviour change to take hold.
- Oxford House is recognized as an evidence-based program.
- Oxford House is the only addiction program that does not have an end date to services, which aligns with the chronic disease care model and increases abstinence outcomes.
- Oxford House provides separate and culturally appropriate houses for men, women and Aboriginal individuals.
- Oxford Houses are democratically peer-run by residents, which promotes empowerment, self-esteem and leadership skills.
- Living in an Oxford House provides residents with onsite peer support, which promotes self-efficacy and long-term abstinence. 
- Unlike the high costs associated with professional treatment, Oxford House is an affordable community-based model that provides long-term support to break the cycle of relapse.
- Oxford House prevents individuals from returning to abusive situations and homelessness by fulfilling a gap in the continuum of addiction services. When asked why the program works, members responded:
|90%||Learning life skills to be self-sufficient/ for successful community living
(cooking, cleaning, paying bills/rent, getting up to go to work)
|78%||Being around others who want to be sober/have the same goals|
|78%||Ability to focus on self-care/putting recovery first|
|67%||Being in a safe environment|
|67%||Learning social skills (patience, conflict resolution, communication, listening, cooperation, assertiveness)|
|50%||Having structure and keeping busy|
|50%||Learning to be responsible|
|44%||Having access to family/children visits|
|40%||Having independence/ability to make own choices|
|40%||Being able to stay as long as you need|