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Residential Alcohol Treatment Programs In Canada

At first, Canada doesn't seem to have much of an alcoholism problem. The national average is a mere 7.1% which really doesn't seem like a huge problem. Just because the number doesn't seem very high, doesn't mean it should be ignored. It needs to be taken very seriously. People who are addicted to alcohol usually develop some severe problems that are directly connected to their inability not to know when they've drunk too much. The family of an alcoholic is usually unstable and broken; few alcoholics can hang onto a job, and end up living on the streets and are forced to commit petty crimes, just so they can earn enough money to get another drink. An even more pressing concern is the number of Canadians who get behind the wheel of their vehicle after consuming alcohol.

It is in everyone's best interest if they work to get every alcoholic they know into an alcoholic treatment program. Without a doubt, the best alcohol treatment programs are residential. When a person is in a residential alcohol treatment program, they are removed from their native environment and placed in a facility where the only thing they have to worry about is overcoming their addiction. Most of the residential alcohol treatment programs in Canada are isolated, making it impossible for the person to sneak any alcohol while they are a patient of the facility.

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The average patient is not allowed to enroll in a residential alcohol treatment facility until they have first gone through the detoxification center. Because there are not enough residential alcohol treatment facilities in Canada, there is usually a waiting list, so it is in the best interest of the patient to get on the waiting list before entering the detoxification program.

While a person is enrolled in a residential program, they will go through intense counseling sessions, both individual and group, in order to learn why they drink, how it affects their lives as well as the lives of their loved ones, and what habits they need to change in order to stay sober.

There are two different types of residential alcohol treatment facilities in Canada; short-term and long term. The Canadian government prefers short term facilities because they are set up for maximum efficiency. The short term program runs for 28 days and then the patient is released back into the world. While the short-term programs are able to reach a lot of people, most experts would prefer to see them become long-term programs, which are usually the most effective. Experts feel that 28 days is barely long enough for a patient to dry out.

The long term facilities usually run from anywhere 60 days to six months. During these programs, the patients not only go through intense counseling sessions, but they are also taught life skills that they will need if they are going to stay sober once they leave the facility. Experts feel that patients who make it through a long-term residential program have a better shot at becoming a productive member of Canadian society.

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