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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Approaches

There are many different treatment approaches for drug or alcohol addiction in Canada. On this page, you will find a few of these. If you need more information please don’t hesitate to talk to our referral counsellors. If you need immediate help, call us on the number below. There are many different treatment approaches for drug or alcohol addiction in Canada. But with the ever-changing world, new treatment methods and new drugs make their way into headlines. Today, arm-reduction policies are present in all provinces. You can hear about Naloxone in the media, a drug to reverse overdoses saving lives. Relatively new drugs like Buprenorphine treat opioid use disorder. Buprenorphine is a long-acting opioid. It replaces the shorter-acting opioids, such as heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, or hydromorphone. Another drug, Disulfiram, treats chronic alcoholism by causing unpleasant effects when a person drinks small amounts of alcohol.

Here are a few traditional treatment approaches. Call our toll-free number if you need help.

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Methods, Approaches, and Drug Rehab Types

There are many types of programs to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. The most recognized is the 12-step program (AA or NA). There are various other approaches for substance abuse that are less known. Here are a few below for your own personal information. That we have a variety of rehabilitation processes is important. With a diversity of people from all walks of life and philosophies, one single treatment program couldn’t work for everybody.

Recovering from addiction is not just a question of abstinence for several days, and you’re good to go. It is much, much more than that. A person caught in the turmoil of substance abuse needs to examine their lives and the reasons behind their substance misuse. In choosing a rehabilitation program, the needs, specific problems, and beliefs of the individual seeking drug treatment need to be considered. There are, however, some addiction treatment programs that are known to give better results whatever the issues mentioned above.

Below are 12 primary drug rehabilitation methods. There are more than this in existence, but these are the better-known forms. Please keep in mind that the public access drug addiction centres will not deliver all of these. If you need help choosing which drug rehabilitation program is the right one for your needs, please call us today.

  • Medical detox

In cases where the person has taken certain prescription drugs in combination with illicit drugs or alcohol over short or long periods, they may require 24-hour medical supervision for several days to be carefully weaned off the chemicals. Doing it “cold turkey” for certain drugs and in certain circumstances, alcohol could put the individual’s life in danger. This is done before the rehabilitation program as such can start. It also has much to do with a person’s physical condition. Drugs like Methadone, “Benzo” type medications, Morphine, Oxycontin, Percocet, and other pain suppressant drugs alone or in combination may require blood pressure and heart monitoring rate to avoid seizures and other complications. Medical detox can often be used for people with heavy or long-term alcohol abuse.  It is one treatment step that some people can not bypass.

  • Long term residential treatment

Many addiction treatment centres considered “long term” begin at 6-week and can be as long as two years. Residential means the individual stays on the premises 24/7. These programs will often include things such as daily chores and a community atmosphere where each member contributes to the group as a whole. In another type, there will be a schedule much like school or college with studies in the morning, afternoon, and evening with group or individual counselling

  • Outpatient programs / counselling

Outpatient is just that; the person does not stay at the facility but stays at home and goes to the centre where services are delivered. The person is required to show up at various counselling sessions and group meetings. Most are public access programs and can assist someone who has a very hectic lifestyle and responsibilities and cannot free up time for residential rehab. There are also some one-on-one addiction counsellors. A person can consult with a set schedule each week. This approach works best with the people that haven’t lost total control of their usage.

  • Holistic Drug Rehab

Holistic medicine can be found in history as far back as Hippocrates in 300-400 BC. It has seen a recent growth in popularity in North America since the mid-70s. Holistic medicine can be used to clear acne, relieve the common cold, remedy ulcers and many other ailments, including a method in alcohol and drug rehabilitation

  • Twelve steps methods

In the mid-1930s, two men with a drinking problem adopted a formula for self-improvement from the Oxford Group’s religious movement. This was the start of Alcoholics Anonymous. Centres often use the twelve-step program (Or formula) in conjunction with their own drug rehabilitation program.  It is also applied to other addictions or compulsive behaviour, such as gambling, eating disorders, etc. Many facilities will use some form of 12-step with their own techniques of dealing with substance abuse. The 12-step approach can be either in-patient or out-patient, depending on the treatment centre. Much of the philosophy of 12-step is based on reaching out to a higher power for strength to overcome one’s addiction and performing a self-inventory. You can read more on this treatment approach.

  • Biophysical Treatment

The word biophysical addresses the physical aspect of drug addiction. This step is, in fact, viewed by many rehab centres as a vital and necessary part of recovery from substance abuse. Many of the bio-physical treatments include exercise, nutritional supplements, and some will use a sauna sweating step. In all biophysical treatments, there is the concept that to help a person overcome their addiction, the effects of drugs on the body must be addressed and eliminated as much as possible for a better chance at success. 

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