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Addiction recovery centre proposed in Lacombe County

Recovery centre would treat up to 20 clients in 90-day programs
This home in Lacombe County could be part of a recovery centre if necessary zoning and planning approvals are lined up. (Photo contributed)

An Arizona-based naturopathic doctor and addictions treatment expert is proposing to build a recovery centre in Lacombe County.

Dr. Ravi Chandiramani has notified the county that he hopes to have the Land Use Bylaw amended to allow a recovery centre on a picturesque piece of land including homes, lodge and a private golf course about 15 km northwest of Mirror.

Chandiramani told county council on Thursday that he has 20 years of experience in addiction and has helped more than 25,000 clients.

The facility would use two existing buildings to eventually house 10 clients each. Once all necessary development and health approvals were lined up, the facility would open in phases, possibly starting with two to four clients and 10 to 12 staff and then growing, adding clients and staff.

Clientele will be a higher-end demographic who have the financial resources to commit to a 90-day treatment program. Clients would remain at the centre unless accompanied by a relative or staff member to attend outside appointments.

"We will absolutely not be providing detoxication service at this facility," he said.

If a client requires that it will happen elsewhere prior to them undergoing treatment at the centre. The 90-day program may include group and individual counselling, family therapy along with recreational activities. Treatment could also include massage, art and movement therapies yoga, water aerobics and other treatments.

One of the key assets of the property, which he intends to buy, is its natural setting with access to nearby Gadsby Lake among other spots perfect for outdoor recreation, which he believes is a key part of treatment.

During the day, licensed behavioural, medical, counselling and therapy professionals helping clients. In the evening, unlicensed peer support staff will take over to provide the 24-hour coverage offered.

Chandiramani said the need for facilities of this kind is growing.

Last year, Alberta saw 1,841 deaths from drug poisoning in the first 11 months, the worst year ever. Drug poisoning deaths have doubled since 2019. One in nine Canadians live in Alberta, but one in five Canadian toxicity deaths occur in this province.

He believes the political environment and the investments being made in addiction services mean the timing is right for the centre.

Chandiramani plans to hold an open house next month to give area residents an opportunity to see what is planned and to ask questions.





Paul Cowley

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Paul grew up in Brampton, Ont. and began his journalism career in 1990 at the Alaska Highway News in Fort. St. John, B.C.
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