Category: drug rehabilitation

A New Outlook on the Opioid Crisis

A New Outlook on the Opioid Crisis

Oxycontin bottle

OxyContin & the Opioid Crisis

It would appear that the opiate crisis can be read, heard and watched at every turn. How is it that suddenly in this day and age of knowledge we, as a civilization, are plagued with such a life killing substance? For all intents and purposes one could easily state that this just came about through various haphazard circumstances. Yet when one looks closer at the sequence of events there is a very different aspect to this “opioid crisis”.

Substance abuse has been around man’s evolution since the first hunter-gatherers. Over time certain substances became more desirable than others. As can be seen in shaman’s medical application or a priest’s religious use. Yet in our present society we find these mind altering substances being used recreationally. People intentionally attempting to alter their present state of mind and body. And yet when asked about their reasons, very few can give a precise response as to their motives for using. And then there are those cases across the country where we find individuals suffering with some physical ailment looking for help. Only to receive an improper diagnosis or little, if any, actual cure; the result is just more suffering. Yet, as we come forward through man’s evolution we can discover modern chemistry working endlessly to find ways to bring relief; not a cure. Thus we find that the use of a variety of organic plants with psychotropic properties synthesized to bring about temporary relief.

Again look into the situation just a bit further and you will discover the modern solution to relieve just creates a new problem. More often than not, someone complaining about body pain that can’t be physically diagnoses, is treated with “pain killers”. These drugs are opiate based and are very addictive. But this only explains a certain percentage of opiate abusers. What about the recreational users. What can bring a person to take such dangerous mind altering substances and physically addictive drugs? Careful observation into this problem one can discover that people in general have lost the ability to face and deal with daily life situations. Whether it’s the death of a close relative or an abusive childhood. Even failures and broken relations can cause a person to suffer with emotional pain. Any drug is basically a numbing agent, it numbs out the source of pain; it does not cure. Opiates are strong numbing drugs, whether it is oxycodone, morphine, heroin or fentanyl or any other name, the result is the same.

The short term solution rapidly turns into a life threatening problem. The body is not constructed to deal with continued use of toxic substances. Each use makes the body fight off the ingested poison. This is done to such a degree that the natural building blocks of a healthy body is depleted. This explains, in part, the unhealthy appearance of those abusing opiates. In conclusion it is clear that the culprit to this opioid epidemic is in fact, bad education and lack of life skills. A child in this world should be given good usable tools for life. Such things as honesty, integrity, tolerance, acceptance and encouragement are the qualities of living. When a society substitutes these for a quick fix mind altering drug, that society is on its way out. We need good opiate addiction treatment programs for this society, create good and widespread prevention programs and put mandatory drug education program for the next generation. Enough with the endless debates it’s time to act.



Canada Health Care; Get in Line Option

Canada Health Care



If one wishes to understand what the problem is with helping drug addicts from all walks of life in Canada it’s best to start with knowing what our healthcare system is. In Canada we have a group of “socialized” health insurance plans, these are intended to provide coverage to ALL Canadians. The administration of this system is ran on a provincial and territorial basis, publicly funded and handled with guidelines as established by the federal government.

Interesting enough under this care system, each citizen is provided medical treatment and preventive care by primary physicians, including access to hospitals, surgery and other medical services. All Canadians qualify for health coverage, despite their medical history, income or lifestyle. As taken off of Health Canada’s own website page on their “mission and vision”:

“Health Canada is committed to improving the lives of all of Canada’s people and to making this country’s population among the healthiest in the world as measured by longevity, lifestyle and effective use of the public health care system.”

Get in Line Option

If this is the case, then how is it that there are hundreds of thousands of Canadians suffering from addiction that cannot get the help that they are actually asking for? It’s a well-known fact that if you don’t have $5000 to $20000 for private residential treatment than the only option is, GET IN LINE! There are families across Canada that are dealing with a relative’s addiction and when they attempt to contact a government run facility it’s like traveling through a bee hive.

Drug Rehab Backlogs

People with addiction to drugs such as heroin, cocaine, crack and even prescription drugs are not getting the instant service that is needed. In fact many are told that they first need an assessment, which makes sense but instead of entering that day into treatment the person is told to fill out a variety of forms, then to come to another appointment for further assessment and this is then followed by “you have to wait until a bed is available…” In other words GET IN LINE.

Reaching out for Addiction Treatment

When addiction is at the point where the addict has reached out for help it should be available right there and then. You can’t put an addict on hold with substance abuse, most can’t stay away from their drug of choice for more than a day or so because of the withdrawal symptoms that some drugs have. When the drug is not taken, the body’s depleted nutrition kicks in, soar muscles, anxieties, shakes, tremors, aches and pains, mood swings, and a list of other side effects from not having the drug that numbs the body and mind. In many instances government facilities will even state that the addict must be clean for 3 to 4 days before entering their rehab. This makes no sense, if an addict can stay clean for that amount of time why would he or she enter a rehab?

Solution for Drug Rehabilitation

Even though the funded treatment centers are unable to care for the demand across the country they still manage to help some people live sober lives. If the government wants more tax money than it should handle the hundreds of thousands that are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. If each were given a real chance at sobriety as stated in Health Canada’s mission statement and vision, these recovered addicts would be working, buying homes, raising families, contributing to the productivity of our society and paying taxes.

Until then, relatives of a drug addict can do something by encouraging the addict to seek help and use the private system but also write to your politician to change the system for substance abuse and make it so everyone can achieve sober living.


Environments & Drug Rehabs

Environments & Drug Rehabs

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

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 1-888-488-8434


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.


Drug Rehab, Why?

why drug rehab

Why should you go to a rehab center?

Because you are worth it.

Because you were not always like this.

Because you want to live a better life.

Good news, it is possible.

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