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Painkiller Addiction Rehabilitation Services in Quebec

Painkiller abuse is not an uncommon problem in Quebec, and there are families throughout the province who are struggling with addictions to pain medication. Many of these problems start with a prescription to treat pain. Opioid painkillers are used to treat moderate to severe pain, and chronic pain. It is estimated that around 15 to 29% of Canadians struggle with chronic pain, and roughly 13% are taking opioid pain medication. There are many different types of pain medication being used across the country. Canadians have access to prescription painkillers and non-prescription painkillers. Prescription pain killers that may be abused in Quebec include hydromorphone, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine, and tramadol. In fact, these painkillers make up around 96% of all the opioid pain medication being prescribed in Canada. Per the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) in 2016, there were 3,601 defined daily doses of opioids prescribed per 1000 population in Quebec. The number of daily doses of pain medication being prescribed has declined in Canada. However, the number of opioid prescriptions being given has gone up throughout the country. There is a number of reasons why someone would need a prescription for painkillers. This could be to manage the pain from an injury or surgical procedure or manage pain caused by a disease.

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If you are struggling with a painkiller addiction in Quebec, there are resources to help you through it. Across the province are both government-funded and private drug treatment services. Painkiller addiction requires proper detox, such as medical detox. A medically supervised detox helps a patient through tough withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal pain is different for the types of painkillers being used and the amount that is taken. When there is a large amount being used, the withdrawal symptoms are painful. During medical detox, the patient is given medications to alleviate the withdrawal pain. The detox process could be one week or even longer depending on the patient and other circumstances. Some opioid addicts choose medication-assisted treatment, which uses buprenorphine or suboxone to treat the addiction. However, this is done with behavioral therapy, and other forms of learning based treatment to treat the underlying issues connected to the addiction. This is the only way that a MAT program is effective for opioid addicts. Buprenorphine and or suboxone are used to manage withdrawal pain and cravings.

Once medical detox is complete, a painkiller addict requires lengthy treatment. The reason for this is that most opioid addicts have a long history of drug abuse. An addiction assessment can help determine what treatment is best, but often long-term inpatient is the most effective. Because of how intense the cravings are for opioid painkillers; lengthy sobriety contributes to long-term results. This is also why aftercare programs are the best way to ensure long-term sobriety. Painkiller abuse is a dangerous addiction, the average addict makes more than one attempt at treatment before they become drug-free. If you are battling an addiction to painkillers in Quebec, it is important to find the right type of help.

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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