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Drug free Canada day 2015

Drug free Canada day 2015


Canada day celebration

Happy Canada Day will be shouted by everyone, from Halifax Nova Scotia to Victoria BC this July first. Canada day celebrates the confederation of the various provinces into a united country and each year in cities and communities from coast to coast many celebrations will be organized and bring cheers to all.

Quite a lot of these events include concerts from well-known international Canadian artists and some not so well-known artists for everyone to enjoy and celebrate. In most large or small social events, such as these, various types of drinks are raised but this also attracts the dealers of black market drugs for a quick and easy distribution.

Alcohol Use

When one looks back in history it can be found that all great events include some form of mind altering substance, usually alcohol is the choice substance. Its legal, it’s cheap and it creates an altered state of mind pretty quick. A little will make one giddy, a bit more causes drowsiness, and too much alcohol makes one sick.

Alcohol is a depressant, it burns up B vitamins, especially B1; not to mention the amount of minerals that are also used up. People under the influence of alcohol tend to either be one of two ways; very depressed or very loud and hostile.

The effects on the body are obvious to anyone living with an alcoholic, but the effects on the mind are even more devastating. People who abuse alcohol will find that their memories get jumbled, the past is mixed with the present and the present is thrown into the future and the future is mushed up with the person’s imagination and mental fabrications.

If you ever tried to speak with an intoxicated alcoholic you will soon discover whatever you say or do the person misinterprets the words and actions to fit their own jumble ideas of situations. Celebrations with alcohol should always be accompanied by moderation; the ability to say no and always have someone named as designated driver.

Illicit Drugs Use

The same can be said for illicit drugs. Whether the drug is marijuana, crack cocaine, prescription pills of the opioid family, and everything in between. Just like alcohol drugs have their desired effects. Some drugs used in very small quantity will cause immediate euphoria or high for the person. Others will cause a high followed by paranoia, but this effect is short lived and more drugs are taken to again feel that brief feeling of great overwhelming power and disconnected freedom.

Though this is the initial desire of anyone wanting to free themselves of some hidden unwanted pain, whether emotional or physical, you can be assured of one thing; it’s always short lived.

As more drugs are used the body begins to replace natural supplements such as vitamins, proteins and minerals with the toxic substances. This exchange creates a physical dependency with painful effects when the drug is not taken.

Whereas it also does a whole lots of nasty, unimaginable things to the mind. Loss of memory is the mild end of drug use, long term causes psychological effects that can become permanent in some drug addicts. Aside from the blank memories, drugs will overlap certain memory incidents and make the past get mixed with other parts of the past that should not be related and the list goes on. Its clear drugs are bad for people in general.

Canada Day

Canada day is for the pride of being Canadian, it’s standing up, proud with other Canadians and saying “we are Canadian and will continue to be Canadian”. But this is all in jeopardy if we permit our family, friends and even fellow Canadians to continue to struggle with drug addiction. Say No to Drugs and Alcohol abuse. If you need help for substance abuse call a drug rehab center referral counselor at: 1-888-488-8434


Environments & Drug Rehabs

Environments & Drug Rehabs

Drug rehab center environment

Drug rehab center environment

When a person is struggling with their drug addiction or alcohol abuse and need drug rehabilitation the first thing that is normally on their mind is to get through the physical and emotional pain that follows the attempt to quit their substance of choice. Anyone who has ever been through a withdrawal period of some opiate addiction can attest to the terrible discomforts associated with such action, the environment of the drug rehab center in which it is done is important.

This has been observed by various professional addiction counselors; the drug rehab center’s environment is just as vital as the drug rehab center program itself. Whenever an addict enters a program at a drug rehab center they know that they are putting their life into the hands of professionals. Though, unfortunately some facilities don’t have the funding to upgrade their surroundings.

Rundown Environments & Drug Rehabs

Many drug addicts will have some experience with crack houses, and rundown drug dealer apartments. The usual environment of the addict is less then hygienic, their living quarter have been abandoned. This is normally due to the lack of responsibility and carelessness that comes with drug addiction. When drugs take over a person’s lifestyle they begin to not care about their person or the areas around them. This gets so bad that even those they are expected to care for like children and pets are often ignored or left to fend for themselves and their own environment is not properly dealt with and can be seen to degrade to a marked degree.

For an addicts seeking help from a professional drug rehab one does not expect the environment to resemble a crack houses. This type of surrounding only distracts the addict from recovery as they are constantly reminded of the way things were and seeing that this is how things are does not aid to increase confidence in recovery. You would think that this is an exaggeration, but it’s not, there are facilities offering addiction treatment that are so badly kept that the results are less then hopeful. Then there are the other type of drug rehab centers that are nowhere close to a drug addict’s usual environment.

Private Drug Rehab Center in Canada

Over the year there has been an increase in private treatment facilities opening up across Canada. Many of these are affordable and have a higher rate of success then the traditional government funded drug rehabs. One of the main differences is the environment, these private facilities are bright, clean, well-organized programs. You will find fresh bedding, well-kept grounds, functional appliances, etc.

When you bring a drug addict into a clean and orderly environment the person tends to join in the upkeep and maintenance of their personal space. When the area is presented with chipped plates, scratch up furniture, stained bedding or uncomfortable beds you can’t expect a person to feel some kind of pride or ownership and therefore they do not take any responsibility in the appearance or up keeping.

Clean Environment Drug Rehab


Willing to rise to a more social level

Give a person who has dropped down to the attitude of “I don’t care”, a new and acceptable area to recover (not necessarily an upscale one), where they are given a chance to show they are good people; you get immediate shift in view and they become willing to rise to a more social level. Just a simple clean and well organized environment that is expected to stay that way and that each recovering addict has a responsibility to the facility’s upkeep will go far in achieving recovery as responsibility will raise their level of self-worth, ownership and participation will enhance their self-confidence. The actual program schedule and structure will do the rest.

Drug Rehab Center Referral Help

If you or someone close is faced with a choice of just any other drug rehab and a private drug rehab; it is advised you check out the private drug rehab center and the other options and take a tour of both, if you are told that there are no tours then cancel that facility from your choice. ALL drug rehabs can be visited prior to intake. Your recovery may depend on the space you stay. Call our drug rehab center referral counselor for assistance in locating a suitable drug rehab, dial today 1-888-488-8434.


Government Rehabs

What our government is doing for addiction

It’s a well-known fact that drugs and alcohol abuse are a daily occurrence in our present society. There exists a wealth of information on the internet and in documents across Canada, stating the terrible conditions that surround anyone struggling with some form of drug addiction. In a recent announcement by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health Canada, stated that across the nation we can expect to see video Ads specifically targeting prescription drug abuse. With over $130 million dollars invested each year for tangible solutions for the treatment, education, research and sensitisation campaigns on drug addiction; we should expect to see some results in the consumption of illicit and prescription drug abuse.

According to some reports the situation appears to be gaining control and is bettering, yet in another government report we read how thing are getting worse. The question one should ask is, are the taxpayer’s money being well invested or is it all just a way to hide the fact that the level of pharmaceutical drugs being produce is way above the required need, and the extra pills? Well probably just sold to the black market. Really if anyone ever had to deal with the withdrawals of some prescription drug you can be certain it’s unpleasant to say the least. Most drug rehabs will not take the person unless they have successfully passed through a medical detox program. And for good reason; some of these prescription drugs can cause heart attacks, seizures, psychosis, severe muscles and nerve pain even damage, just to name a few.

The really issue that should be addressed is to work out ways to have government funded medical detox facilities with NO WAITING LIST and actually wean addicts off all drugs and prescription meds, with the exception of those meds for a person that has been specifically prescribed for a real physical diagnosed condition. But to take someone off Fentanyl by putting them on Suboxone or some other drug without proper wean down from that drug also is just not wanting to help people. Why not help a family member who wishes to come off of Methadone, but instead being told; “No, you have to stay on the methadone program”, why? Because of the over 50,000 clients on the program at $7 to $15 a daily dose.

The things that Canadians need to open their eyes to, is that all drug addiction can be overcome. But the system needs to be put into perspective; for instance how is that private programs can get decent result way above the national average success? What is it they do that makes their program work? In many instances they do not replace one drug for another. When a family pays to have their loved one off all drugs, the facility will usually do a medical or regular detox followed by a good drug rehab program; including nutritional therapy, cognitive therapy, one on one counseling, social acceptance therapy and many other approaches that are normally not found in the government funded programs. In fact it all comes down to the intention that is put forth; really help the addicts or just have them cope better.

In any case whether you want a government drug rehab or private addiction treatment facility it may be best to consult a drug addiction referral counselors. This person is non-biased as to treatment programs and will be able to help you understand what the real deal is with our health care system. Drug and alcohol addiction can be a thing of the past but you need to act for something to happen; call 1888-488-8434 to find out how.


Dual Diagnosis & Substance Abuse

Dual Diagnosis
& Substance Abuse

The shame blame and regrets of drug addiction

Dual Diagnosis

What is really meant by ‘dual diagnosis’ and how this is associated to drug addiction or alcohol abuse and what the pharmaceuticals and medico’s are not saying, is probably of interest to any family member dealing with a loved one and their struggle with drug addiction or alcohol abuse.

As with many youths and young adults going out dancing, listening to loud concert or seeing a movie with friends or just a getting together to watch a sporting event these are usually accompanied with alcohol or some illicit drug like marijuana, cocaine or crack and other such drugs. In many cases the alcohol use over time will cause a depressed condition just as drugs taken over time will also have side effects of depression, anxiety and even light or heavy spells of psychosis.

When drugs are taken sporadically, such as only on weekends the euphoria achieved is short lived and the burnt up nutrients in the body are not replenished sufficiently, resulting in depressed feeling, due to burnt up vitamin B, C, A and D, E, etc. not to mention the minerals and proteins. This is the same with alcohol. Added to this is the fact that drugs and alcohol really mess up one’s mind. The mind is the thinking machine of each human being and taking drugs or alcohol is like throwing sand in a gearbox. Eventually something will break.

One day you wake up and you’re not feeling as perky, not as quick witted; sort of heavy and distracted. You brush it off and blame the cloudy day. At the end of the work day the heavy feeling is still there and weights a bit more, you think maybe it’s a cold or just overworked. You decide to take a Sudafed before bed and get a good night sleep. The next day you wake up and though it is sunny out you’re not smiling. You feel something is not right but can’t quite put your finger on it. Weeks go by and still you cannot seem to get that happy “life is great” feeling. So you make an appointment to see your doctor or some local health care provider clinic. You tell him you’re not happy, you feel down or lacking energy. The one thing you don’t tell him is you also do drugs and alcohol every weekend.

The doctor or treating physician prescribes an “anti-depression” for you symptoms. But when your drug or alcohol use becomes out of control and you seek help the consulting addictions counselor doing your assessment find out you are on “anti-depressants” and doing drugs or alcohol. Now you have a new label, dual diagnosis, you’re an addict and suffer depression. This type of situation is happening every day across Canada in almost every city. A simple, and all too common example; wife has child, husband and wife are happy, husband wants affection, wife not “in the mood”, husband is unfaithful and now guilty, arguments begin, family unit is deteriorating. Husband begins to drink more, wife is upset she sees her doctor he prescribes medication. Husband is also loosing vigor and is unhappy, he seeks advice from his doctor and is prescribed his dose of anti-depressants. He still drinks and all goes downhill from there.

People face life problems every day, some are tragic others are physical pain, or emotional upsets, the loss of a job, the betrayal of trust, the lying for fear of telling the truth; all are daily affairs. Lacking real life skills to overcome such issues people seek the “quick fix”. Drugs, including medication and alcohol are temporary fixes, when the substance wears off the problem or pain returns. More drugs are taken and at higher doses to get the same relief. This is the cycle of addiction. When it comes to drug and alcohol addiction; deal with the substance abuse and in the majority of cases there is no more dual diagnosis, but simply a person who can now face life head on and deal with it without artificial means. If you have been labeled “dual-diagnosis” then call for help, especially if it relates to drug or alcohol abuse.


Vancouver Major drug bust

Vancouver Major drug bust


Vancouver BC

If you need help finding a drug rehab center or if someone close to you does call 1-888-488-8434 and speak with one of our private drug rehab addiction counselors.

It’s a well-known fact that Vancouver BC is a major player in the illicit drug trade into British Columbia and throughout Canada. But recent drug bust has put a major dent in the drug trade in metro Vancouver. According to Vancouver Police a long term investigation called Project Trooper has come to its culminating result of arresting 11 individuals in connection with a large quantity of illicit drugs, cash and arms. This is one of many such scenarios across the nation every month.

This is a social situation that can be witnessed from coast to coast and in practically every country on earth today. Throughout history certain herbs and spices have been cultivated and sold in trade, much of which were smuggle and sold on the black market. But never in all of history has there been such a high demand for mind altering drugs used for recreational purposes or for self-medication to overcome all forms of unwanted conditions. The real goal is, money. The amount of profit available from illicit drug trade, whether it’s Pot, cocaine, prescription drugs or any other pharmaceutical drug is many times that of its production cost. If someone wants it and cannot get it, you can charge any price and it will still be bought. Why?

Drugs for Profit

Making Money

Drug deal

In any commerce, even illicit drugs it all comes down to demand and supply. If there is a demand for drugs someone will supply it, for a profit, of course. The idea of paying to get some amount of relief for an emotional or physical pain is very desirable. So why is there so much pain and emotional discord in our present society? It begins with education, over the past forty plus years social structure has shifted. More families have both parents working, child is in daycare, schools have new rules and teachers, the real ones, have less say in how kids should be taught, not to mention high levels of child drugging early on, Ritalin, Prozac, etc. This all leads up to kids and young adults with little or no skills to deal with daily life problems. Despite efforts being made to counter such issues, a rejected teenager will seek out ways to be accepted, doing drugs brings relief to peer pressure and increases your acceptance and other such nonsense. The same can be said for adults.

So even with the drug bust in metro Vancouver or any other metropolis across Canada, why is it that the drug and addiction problem continues to hit our schools and business? Simple, the drug enforcement agency and police spend millions of tax payer’s money in an attempt to cut off the supply. But the real solution is to address the demand. If there was as much or more attention on handling the demand for drugs, illicit or otherwise, chances are kids, teenagers and adults would not want mind altering drugs. Thus the commerce would be useless, no money to be made, no one wants the product.

Drug Prevention & Education

This can only be done by prevention, education and massive media agreement that drugs are bad, and do more harm than good. There is simply not enough being done in this arena, one TV add, and few federal campaigns does little to a struggling society. Real solutions to life are available without resorting to drugs and alcohol.

For information on addiction and treatment available take the time and call one of our addiction and consultation counselors today and ask what your options are before it’s too late, dial 1-888-488-8434 and get your questions answered.


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