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Alcohol Rehab and Detox

Last updated on: Thursday, 9 November 2023

When searching for a drug rehab center in Canada for alcohol addiction, it must offer detox, therapy, and aftercare support. Alcohol addiction differs for each person, and drug rehab should be tailored to meet individual needs. Each type of drug needs a specific detox setting, either conventional or medical.


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In Canada, alcohol rehab and detox can include medically supervised detox, residential treatment programs, outpatient care, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and various clinical approaches. DRS provides an extensive directory listing of these alcohol rehabs for each province.

When you first contact us, you are speaking with a qualified professional. We can recommend and refer you to quality alcohol addiction treatment in the country based on your information. There are thousands of options across Canada, and every province provides numerous resources.

Our extensive directory provides contact information and websites for most alcohol addiction recovery programs in the country. Our experience has been that private care and long-term residential treatment have been the most successful for treating alcoholism. Our counselors will refer you to the most suitable form of alcohol treatment in your province or anywhere in the country.

Information on Alcohol

Alcohol comes in a liquid form in varying colors and consistencies depending on the drink. Some are naturally carbonated while others are still.

Alcohol can become an addiction if a person consumes it frequently and excessively. Here are some of the symptoms of long-term use and withdrawal symptoms, as well as the overdose risk.

Alcohol Effects:

  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Mood alteration
  • Dehydration
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of balance
  • Vomiting

Long-Term Use of Alcohol:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Mental health problems
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage
  • Diabetes
  • Impaired kidney function
  • Heart Disease

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Hangover feeling
  • Depression
  • Hand tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Hallucinations

Alcohol Overdose Risk:

  • If large amounts are consumed quickly, it can cause vomiting while semiconscious. This can increase the risk of death from asphyxiation.
  • Overdose risk is increased by mixing alcohol with other drugs like opioids and barbiturates.

Ask a Professional

  • Why is alcohol abuse dangerous?

    Excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic disease and other serious health problems. For example, this may include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems. Alcohol abuse also creates cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.

  • Does alcohol addiction require medical detox?

    Depending on the severity of alcohol addiction, it may require a medical detox. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms become severe when someone consumes alcohol daily and for many years. Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur within six hours after the last drink. Severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms begin within 12 to 48 hours after the last drink. Medical detox mitigates these symptoms with the use of medication.

  • Is beer or wine safer to drink than liquor?

    No, one 12-ounce beer has roughly the same amount of alcohol as one five-ounce glass of wine or a 1.5-ounce of liquor. It is the amount of alcohol consumed that affects a person, not the type of alcohol or alcoholic drink.

  • Why is binge drinking dangerous?

    Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that rapidly increases blood alcohol concentration within a matter of hours. Generally, this usually corresponds to five or more drinks within a single occasion for men or four or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about two hours.

  • How do I know if I have a drinking problem?

    Excessive alcohol use causes many problems, such as trouble with relationships, school, social activities, family problems, and domestic disputes. In addition, it creates significant health problems. Suppose you are concerned that a loved one or a family member may have a drinking problem. In that case, it is important to contact professional help.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from DrugRehab.ca’s “Ask a Professional” are answered by Nickolaus Hayes. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at N.hayes@drugrehab.ca.

Canada Alcohol Statistics

According to Statista:

  • Currently, the average monthly sales of wine, beer, and liquor stores in the country equal $2.16 billion.
  • This brings the per capita alcoholic beverage sales to $775.2.
  • The per capita alcoholic beverage consumption for Canada is 98.6 liters.

Based on the Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms (CSUCH):

  • In 2017, substance use cost this country $46 billion, amounting to around $1,258 per Canadian.
  • It cost $20 billion in lost productivity, $13.1 billion to the healthcare system, and $9.2 billion to the criminal justice system.
  • The top two provinces when it comes to the substance use per-person costs are Nunavut and Northwestern Territories, with $5,608 and $4,045 respectively.

Information on Drug Rehab

Alcohol Recovery in Canada

Alcohol addiction is a very serious issue, and it needs to be addressed, as we have seen from the information above what can happen when it isn’t. The first step to undertake when someone wishes to overcome their alcohol use problem is detoxification. Here is some information on this service:

  • Detox is defined as the process of ridding the body of toxins caused by the substances consumed.
  • Alcohol detox can bring about intense withdrawal symptoms as we know, which is why it is essential to go through this process in a safe environment and under the supervision of professionals.
  • Detoxification from alcohol should be followed by treatment in order to address all aspects of the addiction.

The two main forms of treatment include residential & outpatient programs, although, for an alcohol use problem, inpatient treatment is recommended. Here is additional information on this type of treatment:

  • Inpatient treatment can be divided into two categories: short-term (28 days or less) and long-term (30 days or more). Both can be effective, but long-term programs allow individuals more time to handle underlying issues that may have contributed to their addiction.
  • Long-term programs in Canada can vary in length depending on the needs of every person, ensuring a personalized approach.
  • Treatment features intense counseling sessions and gives individuals the tools they need in order to succeed in their recovery.

Regardless of the form of treatment a person decides on, the essential thing is that they seek out help. If you need help for yourself or a loved one, do not hesitate to call one of our addiction professionals or to look through our directory.




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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. 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. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.



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Sylvain Fournier is the Founder and CEO of Drug Rehab Institute established in 2010. He has been working in the field of addiction since 2005. His previous work experience includes six years of service in the field of addiction. As a Drug Prevention Specialist, he educated thousands of people through Drug Education Lecture to help them understand better how drugs can affect one’s life, health, mind, body, and future. He also worked as Legal Liaison Officer, Director of Admission and Director of Business Development and Public Relations Officer for a private drug and alcohol treatment center. Since 2010, he commits to identify and introduce addiction services determined to be clinically necessary for the patient and family. His main goal today is to make sure that families and individuals battling substance abuse get the help, assistance, and guidance that they need to break the chains of addiction and find the way to recovery. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute.