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Outpatient Drug Rehab Centers In Alberta

Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment is a very common option for many Albertans, who are struggling with addiction and substance abuse issues. Most provinces tend to have more outpatient programs rather than residential drug rehab programs, and this is because of the cost involved to operate an outpatient center is much lower. Alberta's outpatient programs allow each patient to attend rehabilitation daily and work through various program lengths depending upon the severity of his or her addiction. Each outpatient facility will provide distinctive treatment methodologies for its clients, and this can typically be determined by an addiction assessment, which can be done at an outpatient program. Currently, within the province of Alberta are over 40 different outpatient drug rehab facilities, and many of these are operated by Alberta Health Services while other centers are privately run organizations operating with a non-profit status. The on-going drug problems throughout the province have been placing a large strain on the outpatient centers, and unfortunately, despite outpatient facilities being very flexible, there can still be long waiting lists for some programs.

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In Alberta, there are two types of outpatient drug rehabilitation programs: those that are run by the government and those that are privately funded. The most popular type of outpatient drug rehabilitation programs in Alberta are the ones that are government-funded. The reason for this is the cost. The government wants to make sure that every single person in Alberta who is addicted to drugs has access to the treatment that they need. Government-funded outpatient drug rehabilitation programs make it possible for every person, no matter what their economic situation, and can get the counseling that they need. The biggest problem with Alberta's government-funded programs is funding. None of these programs ever seem to have enough money. The result of the limited funding means that there are resources that the government-funded centers are unable to take advantage of.

Within any province, there does always tend to be more outpatient substance abuse treatment than inpatient. Throughout Alberta, there are over 45 different outpatient drug treatment services, some of which are private and some that are provincially funded by the government. Outpatient programs provide much of the same service as an inpatient facility; however, the patient is living in the center, but attending treatment and therapy daily and returning home at night. An Alberta outpatient program can be an excellent option for an addict who must still work or maintain his or her family responsibilities.

The limited funding also has an impact on the quality of counselors that are employed by the outpatient drug rehabilitation facility. The problem is that they are usually very inexperienced. The average counselor is usually straight out of school. On the other hand, the younger, less experienced counselors are usually less jaded.

Privately funded outpatient drug rehabilitation programs are often for-profit organizations. They provide excellent care, but they always have an eye on the bottom line. Since the privately-owned programs need to compete with the government-funded programs, the private clinics need to provide the addicts that enroll in the private program with something more than they would get at the government programs.

One of the differences is the length of the program. The government has set up its drug treatment programs to conclude after just 90 days. When this time is up, the addict is cut loose so that the government can help another one. If the counselors at the privately funded program feel that an addict needs more counseling, they just need to extend the program.

The other difference between the privately funded programs is that the counselors. Many of the private facilities have actively recruited their counselors. Many of the private counselors originally started at the government-funded programs. In addition to being well educated these counselors are also very experienced.

Most privately funded programs are small, which means the counselors are able to work one on one with the addicts. This personalized attention means the counselor can customize a program to really support each addict's individual needs. The customized program increases the chances that the addict will overcome their drug problem.

More and more privately funded programs are starting to get away from the traditional 12 step approach to helping people overcome their addiction and are instead adding holistic theories to their programs. For some addicts, these holistic approaches are very useful.

It doesn't matter if a drug addict is participating in a government-run outpatient drug rehabilitation program or if the spend the money on a private program, if the addict isn't willing to overcome their addiction, they will end up hooked on drugs when the program ends.

The information below will help you on how to find an outpatient drug rehab in Alberta. The list could be incomplete, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 1-877-254-3348.

List of Outpatient Treatment Centers in Alberta


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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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