How Has Medication Been on the Rise in Canada?



Twelve years ago, I was working in a private facility as an intake counselor. I was getting calls from families and addicts to get help for drugs and alcohol addiction. The ratio of calls we were getting was about 60% of drug problems, 35% of alcohol addiction, and 5% for people with addiction problems with medication.

In the last few years. The situation has totally reverted where our helpline is getting calls from people in trouble with a dependency to medicate. The worst of it is that people that did not have the predisposition for addiction get addicted as these medications are very addictive. More than most of the common street drugs such as cocaine, speed, etc.

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People get an accident or surgery. They prescribe painkillers and are not knowledgeable on the degree of dependence of these medications and are totally addicted to it.

The worst of it is they will need medical detox. Regular detox is not equipped to deal with such strong withdrawal symptoms.

We have found some really good medical detox that someone can be detoxed and free from these addictive medications.


Nickolaus Hayes has been working with Drug Rehab Services for the past ten years. Over the past 15 years, he has remained connected to helping people who have been struggling with addiction. He first started working as an intake counselor at a drug rehabilitation center in 2005. During the five years as an intake counselor, he was able to help hundreds of people find treatment. Nickolaus was also fortunate to be able to work with professional interventionists, traveling across the country performing interventions.

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