- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
Residential Drug Rehab in Quebec
Quebec's government understands that drug addiction can have a crippling effect on an economy and lead to an increase in the crime rate. In an effort to curtail drug use as much as possible the government has created several government-funded residential drug rehabilitation facilities where addicts can get started down the long road to recovery. Right now, there are 134 facilities that operate residential drug rehabilitation programs. Each of these facilities is government funded and has the resources to help approximately forty addicts at a time.
Before a drug addict is accepted into one of Quebec's residential drug rehabilitation programs, they have to prove that they are serious about cleaning up their act and staying sober. The first step in this process is detoxification.
In Quebec, the addict cannot get into a residential program until they have detoxified. The detoxification stage of drug rehab isn't fun for anyone. When addicts go into detox, their bodies go through withdrawal, which usually makes the person very sick, both mentally and physically. The most common symptoms of withdrawal include vomiting, fever, shakes, strange appetite, headaches, and, in some cases, hallucinations. The best way for an addict to make sure they stay safe during the detoxification process is to check in to one of Quebec's detoxification centers. In Quebec, an addict can usually get admitted into a government-run detoxification center in 1-2 days.
Getting accepted into one of Quebec's residential facilities is a bit more complicated. In order for one of Quebec's residential drug rehabilitation programs to accept an addict, the addict's name has to get on the waiting list. Once they are on the waiting list, the addict will have to take an assessment. Based on the results of the assessment, the addict will then be placed in the residential drug rehabilitation program that best suits their unique needs. Before the addict is accepted into any of Quebec's government-run rehabilitation programs, they have to have kept themselves sober for at least a week.
Some addicts make the mistake of assuming that if they can make it through detoxification, then they can make it through rehab without any problem. This is never the case. Residential rehab programs are tough. The entire time the addict is enrolled in the program they will be going from one therapy session to the next. Every staff member they meet will evaluate them. Even worse than the round-the-clock evaluations is the way the counselors are always trying to get into the addict's mind, how they are willing to dissect their past and figure out why they started using drugs in the first place.
When the counselors are satisfied that the might have figured out the reason the addition started, they will then start looking at the addict's habits and gradually start helping the addict work out what patterns they will have to change if they are going to stay off drugs for the rest of their life.
While there is no point in denying that the type of rehab an addict receives, the biggest determining factor in the addict's future is how committed they are to living a clean lifestyle.
The information above are true for government-funded treatment in Quebec. When you deal with private drug rehab centers in Quebec, the admission procedure in instant (no waiting time) and the person will be detoxed on site.
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