- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Prescription Drugs Detox and Treatment Newfoundland
Newfoundland is Canada’s eastern most province with among the highest rates of drug addiction problems in the country, including prescription drugs. Prescription drugs are the leading cause of drug overdose deaths in North America. Just because it is a prescription that someone is addicted to, does not make it safe.
With these numbers there is still only one detox center, and three residential drug rehab programs in all of Newfoundland. However, there are many community based programs, including a youth program for early intervention. None of these community programs seem quite adequate for a severe addiction though, most addicts need at least three months in a program to thoroughly detox and start a new life.
There are twenty six out patient counselling offices throughout the province of Newfoundland. These offices will do group or private therapy. They will also council families of addicts and recovering addicts. They will decide which type of counselling is best for the recovering addict at the beginning of the program, through an initial assessment.
In St. John’s there is a non profit program called Recovering Addicts Fellowship Team. Any recovering addict or their family can call RAFT to seek support through their program. They offer a drop in program as well. Most of RAFT’s activities are family friendly as they work to get a recovering addict back together with their family, and create a support group for them.
If you believe you or a loved one has an addiction to prescription drugs, a good place to start is with your doctor. If you do not want to talk to your doctor, there are toll free crisis lines you can call; they will tell you what you need to do next to get help. Most of these programs require a referral from a doctor however, and spaces are limited. If you need more information on private or government funded prescription drugs detox and treatment facilities, call us and we will help you.