Leslie Warren

Leslie Warren says they want to remove the stigma associated with addictions. (CBC )

Health PEI is holding open houses at treatment centres as a way to open doors and end the stigma associated with addictions.

"There is a stigma for sure when it comes to addictions and with this we want to open our doors to have a welcoming environment and have people come in and feel comfortable," said Leslie Warren, a manager with the Addiction Centre in Charlottetown.

The open houses were held during National Addictions Awareness Week as a way to let people know what help is available to those who need it. 

While the open house at the Mount Herbert Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility was quiet, some families did visit.

Those who work in addictions say alcoholism and prescription drug abuse are both prevalent.

Clinical supervisor Kevin McKinnon helps find treatment for people. 

"There's not a day that goes by that my mailbox doesn't have referrals in it," said McKinnon.

Health PEI has increased the bed capacity for addiction services with a new youth centre and a new transition unit. Both are full. 

Officials say there are often waiting lists for beds at recovery homes too.