Heroin Detox and Rehab Centers in Quebec

When searching for a drug rehab center in Quebec for heroin addiction, it must offer detox, therapy, and aftercare support. Heroin 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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There are also several private heroin addiction treatment programs in Quebec; these programs vary in the type of heroin treatment they offer as well as the length of time that they run. Most of the private programs in Quebec are residential programs, and many combine a variety of drug rehabilitation techniques. Most experts prefer longer residential programs because they feel they are the most effective regarding heroin addictions.

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Heroin is an opioid drug synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance taken from the seed pod of the opium poppy plant. Illicit heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or black sticky tar. Heroin can be injected, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or smoked.

When heroin enters the brain, it is converted back into morphine, activating opioid receptors in the brain, specifically within the reward center. Dopamine is released, causing a sensation of pleasure and intense euphoria. Regular heroin use changes brain function, which creates tolerance, dependence, and addiction. It is the intense euphoria of heroin that causes addiction.

The rehabilitation process for heroin addiction begins with medical detox to manage the painful withdrawal symptoms. Following detox, the next phase of treatment should include long-term residential drug rehab. Holistic methods and behavioral therapies are the best approaches. In addition, aftercare support is critical as it helps every person maintain sobriety and stay connected to other sober people.

New and experienced heroin users risk overdose because it is impossible to know the purity of the heroin used. Street-grade heroin is often mixed with sugar, starch, or quinine. Heroin overdose can occur when the drug is snorted, injected, or smoked. Overdose causes slow and shallow breathing, convulsions, coma, and even death.

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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.

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