Drug Rehabilitation Programs & Methods
There are many varied forms of drug rehabilitation programs available to suit a vast majority of people. It can become somewhat overwhelming when choosing a center. This page is meant to give you an outline of the most common types of programs available in Canada.
Not all Programs are Alike
Not all addiction treatment center methods apply to everyone. Some programs will have better results when taking into account the needs, problems and beliefs of the individual seeking help. There are however some drug addiction treatment programs that are known to give better results no matter what the issues is.
Funded Treatment Centers
The delivery of funded addiction services and systems in Canada is primarily the responsibility of provincial and territorial governments. In 2008, the Canadian government, as part of the Treatment Action Plan under the National Anti-Drug Strategy, announced the Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP).
The Canadian government invested millions over a period of five years. This was done to strengthen treatment systems and invest in early intervention for at-risk youth. Unfortunately waiting lists for admission to funded treatments got longer.
11 Common Addiction Treatment Options
Below are the 13 most common drug addiction treatment options, there are many more therapies; these are just a few forms. Please keep in mind that the government funded drug addiction centers will not deliver all of these. If you need help in choosing which drug rehabilitation program is the right one for your needs please call us today.
Detox Program (regular)
Regular Detox is a method in which the person will enter a live-in program to stop using their particular drug of choice. In most cases the person is interviewed daily to encourage them to go through their Detox and seek further help. This type of detox will normally take between 3 to 10 days.
Where a person is on prescription medication for a serious physical condition and using illicit drugs or alcohol and could lead to medical complication a medical detox is used. This is a service with a 24-hour medical supervision. The person must be weaned carefully from this lethal combinations before rehabilitation can start. It has much to do with the person’s physical condition. Such drugs as Methadone, “Benzo” type medications, Morphine, Oxycontin, Percocet and other pain suppressant drugs alone or in combination may require monitoring of blood pressure and heart rate to avoid seizures and other complications. Often used for those persons with heavy or long-term alcohol abuse. Medical detox information
Long-term Residential Treatment
Many drug addiction treatment centers considered “long term” begin at 6-week and can be as long as two years. Residential means the persons stays on the premises. The program will often include things like daily chores, or community atmospheres where each will contribute to the group. Other residential treatments will have a curriculum much like school or college with morning, afternoon and evening activities. A long-term treatment program may include medical service advisers and addiction counselors.
Short-term Residential Treatment
When referring to short-term normally the drug rehabilitation center in question is delivering a 14 to 45 day program. These are treatment programs that deal with addiction in a variety of methodologies, including 12-step programs and group counselling. Despite it being short-term the person is still required to stay at the facility. Generally speaking all residential treatment programs will require a medical exam and assessment prior to inscription.
Outpatient Programs / Counseling
Outpatient is just that, the person is not required to stay at the facility where services are being delivered. The person can live at home but is required to show up at various counseling sessions. Normally outpatient programs are government funded, a few are private and can be of assistance to someone who may have a very hectic lifestyle and can only free up a few hours per week. This is recommended for someone with a light addiction problem.
Twelve Steps Methods
The twelve-step program is often employed in drug rehabilitation programs. It was originally put together by Alcoholics Anonymous in the mid 1930’s. The program has since been applied to other areas of addiction or compulsive behavior, such as drug addiction, gambling, eating, etc. Many facilities will use the 12-step program along with other methods. The 12-step approach is used in inpatient and outpatient programs.
The Bio-physical approach to addiction is a natural addiction treatment program handling the condition by use of various natural supplements and exercise; the body is rebuilt to a healthier state. It can at times include a psychological or mental balance such as some yoga or meditative exercises to bring about a more relaxed state of mind to overcome addiction and is often drug free.
Religious Based Treatment (RBT)
In most cases where a religious based treatment is done the person a religious background. It usually requires the study and/or practice of religious belief and doctrine.
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT)
This cognitive method used to overcome substance abuse is base on changing the addictive personality’s habits through various exercises and educational means. It is based on getting the addict to change his or her way of thinking and behaving about drugs or alcohol. This method is available either through residential or outpatient treatments and can be government funded in some areas.
This method uses art as a mean to express oneself. By using various mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpting, the person is permitted to express their emotions or hidden fears and anxieties. Curbing the use of drugs and/or alcohol to suppress their emotions. One should understand that no prior knowledge of the arts is required to do this type of program.
In some cases the person is so stressed with anxiety and overwhelmed with worry that the only means to begin to handle their addiction is to get the person relaxed and at ease. Massage Therapy is a drug rehabilitation program that can bring about a state of relaxation about one’s addiction so that proper address of the underlying problem to addiction can now begin.
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