- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Drug Treatment outpatient in Halifax Nova Scotia
Drug addiction is a slightly bigger problem in Nova Scotia than it is in other parts of Canada. As the city with the highest population, Halifax has a higher number of drug addicts than all the rest of the cities. With the increasing number of drug addicts, there is also an increase in the poverty level, unemployment, and crimes.
The one good thing that comes from the gradually increasing number of addicts in Halifax is that the city is creating more drug treatment programs. Right now, the city has outpatient drug centers that are designed to help people overcome addictions to drugs such as cocaine, crystal meth, crack cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, GHB, marijuana, Oxycontin, as well as several prescription drugs.
Right now, there are two types of outpatient drug rehab programs in Halifax. Some are run by the government, and some are private treatments.
The biggest difference between a government-funded program and a privately funded program is the cost. The government ones are usually free to people who are struggling to overcome an addiction. The downside to these government-funded programs is that the funds sometimes just aren't available for the patients really to get all the help that they need.
The privately funded outpatient programs will often charge the addicts who go. The funds that are collected from the people who enroll in these programs usually find that the program takes place in a slightly better facility and that there are some additional benefits and types of counseling that the government-funded programs simply can't afford.
The success of each Halifax outpatient treatment program depends on the addict. It doesn't matter how great a program is, if the addict refuses to accept to accept that they have an addiction to drugs, they aren't going to be open to the treatment. At best, this type of addict will stay off drugs for a short period of time, but they usually eventually give in to their urges and end up getting addicted all over again.
One of the biggest problems with outpatient drug programs in Halifax is that the patient is not supervised all day long. There are long periods of time when the patient will be on their own, providing them with a window of opportunity when they can reach for their drug of choice. The best way to help make sure that the addict does not slip is by staying with a friend or family member who is willing to help watch them while they aren't in the center that the outpatient treatment program is being held.
The person who is addicted to the drugs is not the only person whose life is turned upside down. Their family members and really close friends are also affected, and often need as much counseling as the addict did. There are outpatient programs where the non-addicts can go so that they can learn how to move past the turmoil that they were forced to endure while the addict was dependent on drugs.