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List of Waiting Time in Newfoundland for Addiction Treatment

Are there waiting lists for substance abuse treatment in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Within the publicly funded sector for substance abuse treatment of Newfoundland and Labrador, there will be wait times or waitlists for different services. However, in 2017 the province of Newfoundland and Labrador implemented a new addiction and mental health plan that has led to a roughly 35 percent decrease of wait times. The average wait time in St. John’s is 20 to 24 days, and within some parts of the island, the wait times have been reduced to none, and by 2019 the province will have invested close to 200 million dollars for the treatment addiction and mental health. Families searching for help and who need this treatment immediately can turn to the private sector. Within the private sector, addicts in Newfoundland and Labrador can get help straight away, with no waiting lists or wait times. At the same time, many families avoid considering private drug and alcohol treatment because of the cost, but it is important to have this as an option. It is not uncommon for private drug and alcohol treatment programs to provide payment plans or different payment methods to help families afford treatment. Other options could be, going through a private healthcare insurance company, or applying for medical financing through a third-party financier. Some families or addicts will extend a line of credit or apply for a loan, or pool resources together. Because the admission process can happen right away, the admission process for private drug treatment should be considered, and all options should be kept open.

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How does a waitlist or wait time work in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Within many parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, the wait time or a waitlist has all but been eliminated within the publicly funded drug and alcohol addiction treatment sector. For example, people seeking out help for addiction or mental health issues at the Labrador Health Center in Happy Valley-Goose Bay will not be put on a waitlist, because it has changed from an appointment-based service to a walk-in service. Families or addicts searching for drug and alcohol treatment services within the publicly funded sector should get in contact with more than one type of service to check what the wait times may be or if there is a waitlist. Within the private drug and alcohol treatment sector, people struggling with addiction in Newfoundland and Labrador will not be placed on a waitlist and can often be admitted into treatment right away. When searching for a private drug and alcohol treatment programs, most families or addicts will be referred to one through a referral agency, where qualified individuals can help them determine what the best type of treatment will be. Although it can be frustrating at times when searching for help, it is important to keep all the options open, and consider private drug and alcohol treatment. It is not uncommon for some families and addicts in Newfoundland and Labrador to seek out help out of province, but regardless of the situation, the proper help must be gotten.

The Current Situation in Newfoundland and Labrador – Who is seeking out addiction treatment?

Within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Department of Health and Community Services oversees the addiction and mental health services, which are delivered through various regional health authorities throughout the province. Between 2014 and 2015, over 2500 people got help through these programs, and over 4000 people sought out more than one type of help. Within recent years theses numbers have changes, especially since recent changes made to the addictions and mental health services in Newfoundland and Labrador. Over 60 percent of the people seeking help in the province were male, and 30 percent were female, and most people were getting help through non-residential treatment. With the increased accessibility for addiction treatment in the province, more help is being provided, but when searching for drug and alcohol, addicts and families should keep all their options open consider private drug rehabilitation as an effective solution.


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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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