Drug Rehab Centers in Canada

DRS Canada is a free resource for drug and alcohol addiction in Canada. We have helped and referred 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 are not a treatment center but we can provide referrals for individuals seeking rehab in Canada.



Expertise & Experience

Drugrehab.ca, known as Drug Rehab Services Canada, is a family-owned organization led by the founder Marcel Gemme, who has over 20 years of experience in the field of substance use and addiction recovery. Combined, the team has over 50 years of experience, and many of them have experience working directly with clients in a drug rehab setting. We use this experience to help individuals across Canada achieve their recovery goals.


Canadian deaths are related to substance abuse annually


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Addiction Treatment types

Drug Detox Centers

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

  • Medical Detox: This detox is used to get someone off certain medications such as benzodiazepine, painkillers, and others. Severe alcoholics also need medical attention to quit drinking. Certain types of street drugs also require medical detox.
  • Standard Detox: This type of detox is for drugs that do not need medical attention to be removed. Marijuana, cocaine, club drugs, and others. Other factors would have to be considered, such as the duration of the drug’s last usage and the addiction’s mental behavior.

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

Private Drug Rehab Centers

Private drug rehabs are treatment options where you or your insurance will pay to get admitted. Private treatments exist in Canada, mainly in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.

Private drug rehab will vary from 1-month of treatment up to 3 and even six months of 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 program as to where the result is. Is it for one month? Is it three 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 the addiction. The longer the program will be.

Residential Drug Rehabilitation

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

  • Government-subsidized programs
  • Private alcohol & drug treatment

There are differences between both types of treatment, such as waiting lists, staff ratio, etc.

Within residential facilities, two different types of treatment are possible when it comes to the length of the program. You can find either long-term inpatient programs or short-term residential treatment. Long-term programs are usually the most effective as they allow the person to spend the time they need to handle the addiction, but short-term programs can also be effective if the person doesn’t want to commit to a long-term.

Alcohol Treatment Programs

Alcohol is still the number one addiction problem in Canada. Why? Probably because of its availability, social acceptance, or the sectors that alcohol is associated with, 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’s 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 every day will likely be taken off of it in a regular detox center? A heavy drinker needs to seek help at a medical detox first so that professionals can supervise the withdrawal. Then, the person can pursue their recovery at an alcohol treatment center, which will most likely be residential.


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