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Painkiller Addiction Rehabilitation Services in Nunavut

The capital of Nunavut, Iqaluit has the lowest population of any capital city in Canada. Traditionally Iqaluit was a fishing location used by the Inuit for thousands of years, and the name means the place of many fish. Nunavut is the most northerly territory in Canada and comprises a major portion of Northern Canada and the Canadian Arctic. There are ten large communities in the territory, with sparse populations, but substance abuse does affect some people. Nunavut does not see the number of drug addiction issues as other parts of the country, but painkillers such as opioids have made an impact. Opioid analgesics are the most common type of prescription pain medication. There is also non-prescription pain medication, such as anti-inflammatories and acetaminophen. Painkillers are prescribed for a number of reasons. Opioids are used to treat moderate to severe pain and chronic pain. An opioid painkiller directly attaches itself to the opioid receptors in the brain, eventually replacing the naturally occurring opioid receptors. The long-term use of opioids causes a dependence on them, which manifests itself into a tolerance. Once you develop a tolerance for opioids, you require larger dosages, otherwise, withdrawal pain starts, and could potentially be life-threatening. According to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), there are six opioids that account for more than 96% of all opioid prescriptions in the country. These opioids are hydromorphone, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine, and tramadol.

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If you are struggling with a painkiller addiction in Nunavut, there is not much for drug and alcohol treatment resources. However, native Inuit communities provide help to people who are living in these communities. Someone who is addicted to opioids will more than likely have to find treatment, such as inpatient or outpatient care, out-of-territory. The territorial government will also help residents find this treatment and may take steps to help them get there, however, every circumstance are different. The most effective way to treat painkiller addiction is with withdrawal management. Some opioid addicts will choose medication-assisted treatment, which uses buprenorphine and suboxone. A MAT program helps with the withdrawal symptoms and the cravings during therapy. It is essential if you choose medication-assisted treatment, that you are also receiving therapy and counseling for your addiction. An opioid management program is only as effective as the therapy being provided to each client. Medical detox centers help people who are dependent on painkillers or addicted to them. This process is done under medical supervision and helps stabilize the patient before they enter treatment. Long-term inpatient rehab centers provide the best options for painkiller addicts, because of the time they spend sober.

When you start to search for painkiller treatment services, it is also a good idea to get an addiction assessment done. This will help narrow down the search and ensure you can find the best treatment option you need for your addiction. It is easy to become addicted to painkillers, and most people find these drugs off friends or family, because of unused prescriptions. If you have a prescription that is no longer being used, take it to the pharmacy to have it disposed of.

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Sylvain Fournier

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Across Canada, there are many different treatment options to choose from, private, government-funded, inpatient, and outpatient. See More