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Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) In British Columbia

Anyone who is using drugs or alcohol will always be putting themselves at risk of overdose or dealing with serious health problems. The intensive outpatient drug rehab centers in British Columbia have seen numerous individuals who have overdosed and survived, or have come close to overdosing. Many cities throughout Canada have incorporated harm reduction programs, and within British Columbia, the city of Vancouver was one of the first cities to adopt safe injection sites and various programs to prevent overdose. The drug and alcohol treatment offered within intensive outpatient centers will not necessarily provide a detox period, and this will typically have to be done at another site. The rehabilitation process can include traditional treatment methods, non-traditional approaches, and holistic methods to help heal an addict. The statistics for overdose change every year, but through harm reduction programs and offering treatment programs, many addicts can avoid these problems.

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There are many benefits to attending intensive outpatient drug treatment, especially for addicts who still have a home life or are working full-time and cannot risk leaving his or her employment. A patient will not live at these centers but will attend treatment daily for a set duration of time. The length of time can be either a couple of weeks or longer, and will normally be upwards of 20 hours of treatment per week, depending upon the severity of the addiction. Each demographic of people living within British Columbia faces their own problems with addiction, and some age groups are more susceptible to more serious addictions than others. In order to determine what level of intensive outpatient treatment is best, many addicts choose to have an addiction's assessment done, which will determine what type of treatment will be required.


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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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