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Different Methods Of Drug Rehab Treatment in Canada

Drug Rehab Services is a no-cost referral agency in Canada for drug and alcohol dependency. We have helped thousands of persons getting the proper help in drug rehabs. We inform you on the different methods of rehabilitation such as:

  • twelve steps Definition of the word
  • Behavioral modification
  • Bio-physical treatment methods
  • Religious-based treatment
  • Holistic approach
  • Cognitive behavioral
  • Creative Arts Therapies

Our goal is to provide you the best advice possible for drug rehabilitation clinics so you or a loved one gets a drug-free life. This page covers the different type of detox for different drugs.

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Rehabilitation is defined as: “To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education." American Heritage Dictionary, fourth edition treatment is the act of applying a therapy, education or medicine to achieve a positive goal.

Therefore, when you hear these two terms being interchanged, you will recognize that rehabilitation or rehab, for short, is the entire process of change, whereas treatment is a specific set of practices to help in that process.

There is a common adage that states: “You can’t Re-habilitate someone who hasn’t been Habilitated.” Meaning that the term rehabilitation is a process that restores someone to a positive level of functioning and who is responsible for all the conditions in his life, and this takes more therapy and education in someone who has never learned these principals or lived a functioning existence. This is the case with someone who has been on drugs and alcohol since they were adolescents and has never learned the basic principle of responsible life.

In choosing a drug rehab treatment, you need to determine your goal upon graduation and examine the remedial work that will need to take place to have a graduate that can be gainfully employed and being responsible for a successful future. A person who has finished his education and has been successful in his life, but later becomes addicted to alcohol and other drugs will need less rehabilitation than someone who has never had those positive life experiences.

Many treatment programs do not address all of the impairments that come from being addicted nor do they provide rehabilitation of personal weaknesses that will surely undermine the lessons learned in the program. The easiest rule-of-thumb for predicting a treatment program’s success, including all that has been mentioned above, is the percentage of successful outcomes of their graduates. This is a figure that is most often misquoted, and it is very difficult to find true outcome data about any program.

However, there are some other indicators that anyone can use to evaluate the potential success of a drug rehab program. First of all, any program that agrees with the idea that alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic and progressive diseases, are not expecting their graduates to stay off of drugs for the rest of their lives. These “disease model” programs believe that the addiction “disease” last forever, like diabetes, and gets worse in time, like Alzheimer’s disease. These programs profess that “Once an addict, always an addict." The most common type of “disease model” programs are those that subscribe to the 12-steps of Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These programs are basis of more than 90% of the residential and outpatient programs available today. Is it any wonder that less than 5% of the graduates of these programs stay alcohol and drug free?

After someone has learned to use alcohol or other drugs to escape his problems and responsibilities, it is difficult to rehabilitate someone to a point that they won’t simply return to those addicting actions whenever they are faces with adversity. Therefore, when you find a drug rehab program that is reporting more than 50% successes, then you know that they are helping to create individuals who are proud of their accomplishments in treatment and have vowed that they don’t want to return to their lower living condition and will do whatever is needed to stay clean. These graduates have felt what life is like being totally free of the influence of alcohol and other drugs and have been amazed at how wonderful it feels to be free of the chains of addiction and to have feelings of excitement back in their lives.

This feeling can’t come from a program whose mission is to convince the participants that they need to be responsible for their “disease” and continue to go to support group meetings to stay above water. These programs are creating victims.

Therefore, the best indicator of a good drug rehab program is one that has a high outcome of success, over 50% and one that when you study its therapeutic approach, it makes sense to you. Most people resist the idea that addiction is a disease because it doesn’t make sense. Most people only begin to accept this notion when the authority of the drug treatment center, and its staff continue to state it has a fact. Rely on your basic instincts or your gut feeling.

Twelve Steps Method

The twelve steps program is based on the approach of Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotic anonymous. It is used by different drug treatment facilities in Canada. It is used as a complete therapy, or it is included in a different philosophy as an add-on to the main treatment.

It is used with a code which has twelve different parts (the steps) that the person has to work through them to achieve permanent sobriety. These treatments are used on outpatient treatments as well as residential drugs and alcohol rehab centers. The main use of the twelve steps method is as a support group. People addicted goes to meetings to meet with individuals who have similar problem, and they can share their experience. Read More >>

Bio-Physical Approach

The biophysical approach is a long-term treatment with no exact duration. It goes by the individual's needs. It addresses two main aspects. The first is the physical aspect that is done through vitamins, nutrients, exercise and sauna. The main objective is to shut down the physical cravings so the person can address the mental aspect without the triggers of his addiction.

The second part of the treatment teaches the individual to cope with life. It is done through different parts to get the person to be able to go back in life and face day to day situations with the tools to be able to cope and live a better life. The philosophy of the bio-physical treatment is to get the person to take responsibility for his addiction. They do not think that addiction is a disease but more a bad choice made by the individual.

Behavioral Modification

This type of treatment addresses the behaviors of the individual. It tries to "break him" in order to build him back in a better person. As an example, the person can be put in front of all the class, and everybody yells at him. The success of this method is unknown we were not able to find any study that gives any type of success to this technique.

Note: The above text is for information only. Drug Rehab Services does not refer anyone to this type of therapy. We do not believe that addiction can be cured with behavioral modification therapy.

Religious-Based Treatment

Rehabs that are religious-based are usually long-term treatment programs (in some case over a year). They will deal with faith, Bible, families and get the person to regain his faith and self-esteem. There is no success rate that we were able to find for this type of treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Program

The cognitive approach is to bring the person to be able to differentiate what he really is compare to the pattern he has of invalidating himself with this thought of himself. It helps the person to build confidence to overcome these thoughts and the stimuli that comes with it.

The cognitive behavioral approach is not a treatment by itself but incorporated to a main treatment as a supplement to the therapy.

Art Therapy

This therapy is to help the individual physically, emotionally and spiritually with the use of different arts such as:

  • Music
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Acting

Art therapy is never the foundation of a treatment but incorporated to an existing program. Some treatment will use nature, farm etc. They all have the same purpose to get the individual to create from different fields.


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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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