Understanding Addictions


Do you know someone who is struggling with addictions? Addictions are not just about drugs, alcohol, or gambling; you can actually be addicted to anything. Some of us feel compelled to overeat, while others have the urge to binge-watch TV, shop, or spend countless hours on social media. 

In this three-hour course on addiction, you will learn more about dependency and habits, how they impact our lives, and how to help someone with an addiction.

Who Can Attend?

Anyone over the age of 18 who is impacted by someone living with addiction. 

What you will learn?

You will better understand:

  • What addictions are, why addiction happens, and how habits form
  • How to deal with the different types of addictions
  • How addiction affects your brain and mental health
  • The impacts and symptoms of addictions

By the end of the course, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Supporting those in your life who are experiencing addictions
  • Understanding the changes you could make to help deal with and overcome addictions

When and where is it offered?

  • The class is available as a group workshop or a private class.
  • The group class is offered several times per year. Scroll down for upcoming dates.
  • You can attend this class online or in person at our office at 9912-106 Street, Edmonton.
  • In our group workshops, you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your family, hear others’ experiences, and practice new skills. Many people who attend our workshops say they feel better after attending because they realize that they are not alone.
  • In a private class, you will receive the same amount of information as our group workshops, condensed into 3 hours with the facilitator. These are ideal for individuals or couples who want to get started sooner than the next group workshop, can’t attend the group workshops due to work schedules or other personal commitments, or simply prefer a more private setting.

How much does it cost?

Group workshop: $75 per person. Are you attending the class with someone, such as a family member, partner, or a friend? Additional participants pay only 50%.

Private session: $325

If you cannot afford the full cost, the group workshop is offered at no cost thanks to funding from the City of Edmonton Family and Community Support Services.

If you'd like to donate to The Family Centre in lieu of paying for the class, you can do so here. All donations go right back into covering the next person who cannot afford the full fee. Please add “Education Services” to the message field.

Register for In-Person Workshops

10 Aug

The Family Centre acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

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