What Are the Drug and Alcohol Detox Treatment Options in Canada?
Even with all of its advantages, medical detox in Canada has its own limitations. At the moment, the negatives and high cost are outweighing the positives and increased curing potential. Every year, however, this is changing: medical detox is getting more feasible in Canada. The limitations primarily surround the relatively pre-modern medicine involved in the treatment process, preventing access to large swathes of the population. A few limitations, summed up, are in the following.
- It is not the best option for physically strong addicts; raw detox is much better for the addict tends to associate the pain of that detox with being addicted itself.
- Often the treatments involved in medically detoxing addicts will trade one addiction for another. This often leads to less self-esteem and exacerbated pre-existing psychological conditions for the addict feels that they can never escape their addiction.
- Addicts who have developed a tolerance for their drug, as they often do right before coming for help, will also have a tolerance for drugs in the tapering process, extending both the cost and the withdrawal time.
- For those who have an allergy to the replacement drugs, medical detox is impossible unless other developments are presented.
- Conversely, medical detox is absolutely the best solution for the following:
Addicts who are weak, who have worn out their systems extensively are best served by lessening the stress of withdrawal.
- Those addicts who are, for lack of another word, afraid of the detox process and the results afterward.
- Those addicts who fundamentally believe in getting better.
- The opposite: those addicts who have had an intervention against them; restraints and relief coupled with counseling can make them friendlier to the idea of a cure.
- The mentally ill/those with psychological conditions which push them into drug use. Medical detox can help treat those conditions while treating the addiction if the addictionologist is sufficiently skilled.
As developments continue, the latter list will grow while the previous list will shrink.
As the drugs move away from the hard, illegal drug form, tolerance of them will become less and less of an issue. Beyond that, increasing the supply of these drugs will lower the cost of effective, private rehab. The growth of the medical profession as a whole (which will hopefully be the result of the American health care reform act) will quickly lower the cost of personnel and, thus, the overall cost of rehab itself.
As more professionals get involved, more ideas are generated and more solutions find their way into the hands of addicts seeking them. There is great hope for the future of drug treatments, so long as we have the correct policies permitting their development and, unfortunately, a growing population of addicts needing treatment.