Sep 10

Profile of a Drug Addict – Symptoms, Behaviours & Treatment Options

A drug addict can be anyone, from a close friend or family member to a respected member of your community. The number one cause of drug addiction in Canada, according to the government of Canada, is high rates of opioid prescribing and an increased supply of strong and harmful synthetic opioids permeating the illegal drug supply throughout the country, including drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanil.  But there are a variety of economic, social, and biological factors that play a...
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Aug 26

Private vs. Government Funded Treatment Centers in BC

Most people know that we have a growing addiction problem in British Columbia and across Canada. But less is known about the rate of addiction recovery. The truth is that around 75% of adults overcome their addiction. But it can take multiple attempts for them to fully recover – the average number is five but the median is just two. While accepting the need for treatment is a huge accomplishment, evaluating and choosing the right treatment center in BC is another huge...
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Apr 16

Woven Into The Fibre Of Your Being

As human beings, our first instinct when something is wrong is to look around our environment and see what’s causing it. We begin making environmental changes as a solution. A new partner, living situation, job, etc. Eventually, it dawns on us that the common denominator in our problems is us.  Oh my. What a potent moment of awareness. Initially painful, this awareness means we can no longer blame external circumstances, people, and institutions for our addictive...
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Jul 26

Sober Living vs. Primary Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment in Canada

Feeling good after leaving rehab but worried about re-entering the environment that fostered your addiction? Sober living throughout Canada can be a great option to help bridge the gap from primary treatment to home life. Primary treatment programs usually refer to inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation. These primary treatment programs are very structured and usually intensive. This means most of the day is scheduled so clients are going from small group sessions to recreational activities...
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Feb 22

Help Finding Public Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Alberta

This month, learn how to access public drug and alcohol treatment in Alberta in the next installment of  Provincial Snapshot. Each month Canada Drug Rehab is outlining the steps you must take to access public drug and alcohol treatment in each province. If you read the blog on Alberta's current mental health and addiction strategies, you will know that mental health and addiction are being brought under the same umbrella. Until that happens, the services are still split so you must access...
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Feb 15

Current Alberta Government Drug and Alcohol Treatment Strategies

Alberta is addressing mental health and addiction issues by improving drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Red Deer, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat. The NDP government has increased overall funding and upgraded social detoxes to medically supervised clinics. The government is being guided by a province wide mental health and addiction review released at the beginning of 2016. Opioid Crisis Response Alberta has focused on five main objectives to address the opioid crisis the province is...
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