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How Do You Find a Drug and Alcohol Detox Center?

As soon as a person gets addicted to alcohol or any kind of drugs, his body tends to allow the passage of certain toxicants which comes along with the drugs and alcohol. Detoxification of the toxicants present in the body is required. Thus, the term ‘detox’ comes into existence which is an abbreviation of Detoxification. Detox centres established all over Canada helps the patients to detoxify their bodies as their body becomes unbalanced due to the excess of the chemicals.

Process of detoxification is not so easy but it supports the patient in the critical phase. 5-15 days are expected to be spent for the complete process of detoxification. If you have any friend of yours who is found addicted to drugs recently, then do bring him along with you to any of the detox centres located in Canada. Reason for bringing him to the detox centre first is that detoxification is the process which is needed to be accomplished first. After the detoxification, unwanted and poisonous substances are removed from the body of the patient. Locating a detox centre isn’t a big task for anybody. Just search yellow pages or the internet media, you’ll come to know about various detox centres established in the whole of Canada.

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In Canada, detox services are categorized into two major categories i.e. Medical Detox Services and Social Detox Services. Medical detox services aims at detoxifying the patients who are in an urgent need. Medical detox services are carried out for severe cases where the patient has entered the last phases of drug addiction and needs an urgent treatment. Detoxification at that particular moment requires special attention and care by dedicated experts and professionals as things could get worse if not done carefully and accurately.

On the other hand, social detox centres are maintained and run for the patients who just entered the drug addiction and were confronted by their friends and relatives. At this particular moment, the amount of toxicants which has been entered in the patient’s body isn’t too much. Thus, special care and a minute process of detoxification are required. Regarding the decision which must be taken between the social or medical detox center, it’s better if you take help from a professional. Experts know everything about the factors related to detoxification. If the quantity of toxicants being consumed is more than the average, then admitting the patient in a medical detox center would be appropriate. If the quantity being consumed isn’t too much, then the treatment given by the social detox centers is more than sufficient for the patients.

If you are in a confusion regarding the decision of right detox center, then you should not waste your time finding it by yourself and you must consult a certified counselor who is specialized in the field of drug and alcohol addiction counseling. After consulting, the other points which must be remembered while looking for a detox center is that many treatment programs are carried out during the detoxification and you must notice the detox centers where these treatment programs are carried out.

After finding the right detox center and helping your friend during the detoxification friend, you responsibilities are not yet over. As detoxification is the initial process, your friend needs your support for the rest of the other drug rehab. Please don’t leave your friend until he’s completely out of the drug or alcohol addiction.

What type of Detox do I need?

Detox programs are specific to the types of alcohol or other drugs you are taking, as well as the level and length of use.  Detox programs are divided into:

  1. Social Model Detox, which uses natural vitamins and minerals as well as massage and other techniques to help you withdrawal from your drugs without too much discomfort.
  2. Medically Assisted Detox, where  a physician prescribes some medications to help ease the discomfort of withdrawals, but these programs are usually not equipped to handle life-threatening episodes caused by the withdrawal, and
  3. Medical Detox, which are usually hospital-based programs that can provide life-support and medications as needed.

You should have a thorough assessment of your current use and its recent history to determine which detox is most appropriate for you case.

What is the line between a medical Detox and a regular Detox?

In this case, you must be referring to Medically Assisted or Medical Detox vs. Social Model detox. And this was described in the last answer, however, briefly one could say that the use of drugs to ease the discomfort of detox would distinguish medically oriented detox from Social Model Detox or “regular” Detox.


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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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