This month, learn how to access public drug and alcohol treatment in Saskatchewan in the next installment of Provincial Snapshot. Each month, we are outlining the steps you must take to access public drug and alcohol treatment in each province. This blog will detail how to access different levels of addiction and mental health care. If you or someone you know requires urgent help, please call 911.
Early Access to Treatment
The four main types of publicly available treatment in Saskatchewan are outpatient, detox, inpatient, and long-term residential services. Outpatient treatment is your first port of call and clinics are found all over the province. At an outpatient clinic or agency, staff will help you with assessment, one on one and group counseling, and general education.
A detox facility is a safe environment for those with more advanced substance use issues to undergo withdrawal from substances. A detox usually lasts 7-10 days and clients will be given resources to aid in furthering their road to recovery. Detox facilities are located in La Ronge, Lloydminster, Meadow Lake, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, and Saskatoon. If you are too far away from one of these cities, you must get a medical referral. This allows you to go to your closest hospital or health unit for medically assisted detox/supervised withdrawal. The health unit should also be able to liaise with outpatient and residential programs. They often have social workers on staff who will help get you set up with assistance and/or referrals.
Continuing Care for Severe Substance Use
Continuing treatment can mean being admitted into an inpatient facility. Similar to outpatient where the client receives counseling and other activities, it is more intensive and the clients live at the facility. These programs last around four weeks and are available in Ile-a-la-Crosse, Indian Head, La Ronge, Lloydminster, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Regina. Long-term residential services offer longer stays than inpatient and also include life skills training. This provides a better base for success for clients once they have left treatment.
If you live rurally and do not believe you will be able to access in-person treatment, consider using HealthLine 811. This 24/7 service is free, confidential, and available to anyone in Saskatchewan. Dial 811 on your phone and you will be connected with “registered psychiatric nurses, registered nurses and social workers who can offer crisis support and strategies to someone in a mental health crisis.” HealthLine 811 services are also available online here.
Another online way to find your closest outpatient, inpatient, detox, or other addiction service is by visiting the Saskatchewan government’s map of health care facilities. There are search filters you can use to find the most accurate result. If you or a loved one need more help accessing public drug and alcohol treatment in Saskatchewan, please contact our specialist here.