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The Problem With Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation Programs in Canada's Rural Areas

Throughout Canada and within each province, there are hundreds of different outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers. The outpatient drug treatment process can take place within mental health clinics, a hospital setting, local health clinics, and counseling facilities set up for addiction treatment. The patient will not stay at these centers overnight and will return home at the end of each day, after treatment. There are some different things that families and addicts should consider when searching for outpatient drug rehab programs within Canada and the province they live in. Initially, outpatient drug rehab can be a challenge for some addicts, because when they return home after each day, they will still face the stress of home life, work, and other problems, and may not be fully capable of coping with these stressors. Across the country and within each province are both standard outpatient programs and intensive outpatient centers, and each option will work with a patient through the challenges they will face during his or her counseling and what happens after they leave each day.

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A standard outpatient drug treatment program within Canada may include multiple group or individual therapy sessions each week, and these types of sessions can take place during the day or in the evening; depending on what responsibilities the patient has. The length of an outpatient drug rehab program within each province is dependent on the patient and how they are responding to treatment, and the number of hours the person commits to each week can also be dependent on this. Intensive outpatient drug rehab programs across Canada and in each province usually offer longer hours each week with more days of counseling and therapy, and the patient is typically committed to treatment for most of the day. Regardless of what option is taken for outpatient treatment, the family and the addict should make sure it is the right choice. For example, here are some things to consider before deciding on outpatient drug rehab:

  • Is the addict not willing to take a leave of absence from work, quit his or her job, or simply cut their hours back?
  • Does the addict want to remain close to his or her family, and utilize them as a support network?
  • Can the addict remain drug and alcohol-free when returning home after treatment?
  • Is the cost of short-term or long-term inpatient treatment to high?
  • Has the addict been through other forms of drug rehabilitation in the past?

Outpatient drug and alcohol rehab within each province will not be a suitable choice for every addict, but for example; opiate addicts have made it work, especially those who are taking methadone or Suboxone, who is unable to find beds at inpatient drug treatment programs. Whether it is standard outpatient treatment or intensive outpatient rehab, the family and the addict should ensure it will be an effective option for them.

If someone is done with a residential program and immediately enroll in an outpatient program, where he will receive additional counseling and learn the skills they need to avoid being tempted by drugs and lead a productive and clean life. If an addict lives in one of Canada's most densely populated areas, this is not a problem; there are usually several different outpatient drug rehab programs that they can choose from. However, if the addict resides in a rural area, the nearest program could be thousands of miles away, too far for the addict to participate actively in the program. Outpatient drug rehab centers are non-residential facilities that a person goes to on a drop-in basis. When the courses, meetings or counseling are over, the person can go back home. In contrast to residential facilities, outpatient drug rehab centers are recommended for drug addicts or alcoholics that do not have a severe addiction. However, an outpatient facility is always a risk as the addict will go back to his normal environment after his courses, meetings or counseling. This can lead to further drug use.

Drug Rehab Services has done some research on different outpatient facilities. We did not find any notable success rates as far as outpatient treatments are concerned. From our investigation, one of the common reasons for this is that aftercare is substandard or non-existent in most cases. Furthermore, the number of patients who finish outpatient drug rehab programs is low. Many circumstances can happen daily to cause the addict to decide not to return to the program. When an alcoholic or a drug addict has a craving, they need to have someone to help them through it. If an addict can go back to his or her environment (that triggers his addiction) daily, the chances of relapse are very high. If an addict uses drugs while in treatment, he/she may feel failed in their attempt to get clean and can fall into further recidivism.


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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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