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Drug Rehab & Addiction Services In Canada

Drug Rehab Services is a free resource for drug and alcohol addiction in Canada. We have helped and refer thousands of people to get help with their addiction.

Our goal is for you to get the best advice possible so that you or a loved one can live a fulfilled life free from drugs and alcohol. We can provide referrals for clients seeking drug and alcohol rehab centers in Canada. Many families and addicts find themselves lost and without hope. Many factors play a role in that hopelessness. For instance an addict might have attended drug rehab treatment once or many times before only to relapse quickly upon completion of that rehab program. What went wrong?  There are two sectors to consider. The Ministry Funded Sector and the Private Sector.  Each sector has a different way of treating a patient.

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There is hope! There is help! There is an exact drug treatment program filled with therapies that meet every individual needs but it’s critical that you speak with a public service initiative, like us, first – designed to point you in the right direction based on what is appropriate for you. Everyone can become free from drugs and alcohol and live a normal, prosperous life. They just need the right drug rehabilitation treatment for their own individual needs.

Residential Drug Rehabilitation in Canada

Drug & Alcohol programs with residential settings in Canada are divided in two categories:

  •   Government subsidized programs
  •   Private alcohol & drug treatment

There are differences between both treatment such as waiting list, staff ratio, etc.

Private Drug Rehab Services in Canada

Private drug rehabs are treatment options where you or your insurance will pay to get admitted to it. There are a few private treatments in Canada mostly in B.C, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

Private drug rehabilitation facilities will vary from 1-month treatments up to 3 and even 6 months treatment. You always have to look at the duration of the program. Some facilities will tailor-made a program depending on the financial situation. We always have a reservation with that type of programs as to where the result is. Is it for one month? Is it 3 months? You cannot "make" a program with someone's finance. You need to give the person what they need not what they can pay. The second option of private drug treatment is a pre-set program that has a specific duration and will address the degree of addiction severity. It will mainly depend on his duration. The more severe is the addiction. The longer the program will be.

How do we determine what the best duration of a program should be? There are different factors that will influence the length of treatment and also the type of treatment program someone should do:

  • The type of substance used.
  • The number of years the individual has been addicted.
  • How intensive he is using the drug?
  • Is he mixing different drugs together?
  • Does he take medications with his substance of abuse?
  • How old is the person?
  • Did he get in trouble legally?
  • How unethical the individual has become?

These a few factors that will determine the type of treatment and the length of what the treatment should be. Over the years we had some mother that would call us and asked what their sons or daughters would need as far as treatment. They would then ask us "how much it was to keep them for 2 years? “ It does not work that way. It does not also take that long. Usually, the maximum is around 6 months.

Detox Centers for Drugs and Alcohol in Canada

The purpose of a detox procedure is to safely remove someone from a drug, medication or alcohol. In Canada, you can find 2 types of detox programs. The medical and regular detox.

Medical Detox: This type of detox is used to get someone off of certain medication such as benzodiazepine Definition of the word benzodiazepine , pain killers and others. Severe alcoholics also need medical attention to quit drinking. There are certain type of street drugs

Standard Detox: This type of detox is for drugs that do not need medical attention to be removed from. Marijuana, cocaine, club drugs, methamphetamine and others. There are other factors that would have to be taken into consideration such as duration of last usage of the drug, mental behavior of the addiction.

The decision on which type of detox someone needs has to be done by a professional. The above is for your information only.

Alcohol Treatment Programs

Alcohol is still the number one addiction problem in Canada. Why, probably because of his availability, his social acceptance or the sectors that alcohol is associated to such as sports, shows etc. Also in society, Alcohol is accepted and the tolerance of someone addicted to alcohol will be greater than someone let say addicted to cocaine.

Did you know that someone drinking every day will need medical supervision and can be life-threatening but someone using cocaine everyday will likely be taken off of it in a regular detox center!

Update on the Addiction and Treatment Situation in Canada

Recently (in the last year) there have been an increase in calls for pain killers such as oxycodone, phentanyl patches, methadone etc. A lot of the calls come from people that were prescribed the medication legally. The initial usage of it was not to get "high" but because of a physical problem due to an accident or surgery etc.

A couple of months, we called every government residential treatment in Canada to find out what their waiting list is. When you are on any Province specific page, you will find a note sticker on the top right that will give you the waiting list for that specific province. The average is 4 to 12 weeks waiting list.

Waiting List for drug rehabs in Canada

Over the years, the most asked question to our counselors has been: " How long is the waiting list in Residential drug rehab centers for a specific province?" We decided to roll up our sleeves and we are regularly calling every residential treatment in Canada to find out their waiting list. Usually, it will vary from 4 to 12 weeks and even more in some cases.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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