“I just found out my child is abusing illicit drugs; what do I do now?”
You should talk to someone who knows the subject matter. One of our addiction referral counsellors for New Brunswick will take your call. He or she will answer your questions concerning affordable addiction treatment programs. Our addiction counsellors have a working knowledge of the field of substance abuse and the treatments available. You can talk to us. We are here to listen, guide and assist.
“I tried talking to him or her, but they won’t listen; what’s next?”
People under the influence of mind-altering substances are not themselves. They do not see the world as you or I do. Their only attention available is toward the next dose, fix, or glass. They usually don’t listen because they “know” that you don’t understand. The successful means to speak to an abuser is to gain a simple understanding of their condition. Our referral counsellor can give you basic information to help increase the communication between you and your relative.
“Let’s say my loved one agrees to get help now; can they start the same day?”
In New Brunswick, like other provinces in the public sector, there is a slight chance of same-day admittance. In the private sector, if all logistics are in, there is a good chance that you can. Most often, it will take a day or two to set things up. Whereas in subsidized facilities there is certain protocol and stipulations to follow. It can take a while. Then the applicant needs to wait for the centre to call when a bed becomes available.
The first fact to know about drugs or alcohol is that no one “wants” to be an addict. This is true whether you live in New Brunswick or anywhere else. No one wants this condition but end up with an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
In the past 11 years, at least 241 people have died of an accidental opioid overdose. Over the past five years, New Brunswick has seen an increase in the emergency room for opioid overdose.
Not all drug rehabs have the same program. Each has the same goal but how they achieve it varies. Some drug rehabs are Christian-based. Others are 12-step based; another can be Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. There are dozens of approaches in the field of addiction. In the private sector, you can expect personalized service. They have more one-on-one counselling and much more, and some excellent treatment centres are affordable.
One does not need a luxury rehab to recover from substance abuse. When a loved one suffers from drugs or alcohol, you want things to get better. There are affordable treatment centres in in Canada. There are several different ways one can look at getting the help one needs without breaking the bank. Find out what fits by talking with a referral counsellor. You have nothing to lose by calling.