Information on Drugs

Drugs, Their Use, Their Place in Society

You will find information on drugs in the links below. Drugs of all kinds are easily accessible on the streets, from illicit street drugs to prescription meds. In Canada, like all other countries globally, we have an opioid crisis that started with Oxycodone. The epidemic is still ongoing with fentanyl, heroin and other drugs of this kind. At this time, opioids are responsible for most drug-related deaths in Canada. In 2016 British Columbia declared a public health emergency because of opioid overdoses. And the crisis worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada and Drug Use

We also heard of ecstasy, cocaine and many other mind-altering substances throughout the years, making their appearance in the media. In a 2017 survey, Statcan says that cannabis is the most commonly used drug in Canada. In 2020 reveals the same thing about cannabis, and closely behind are hallucinogens, cocaine/crack, and ecstasy. Find information on drugs like these below.

In 2019, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)  declared that alcohol is the most common drug used in Canada. They also state that the use of alcohol by females has increased since 2013. Psychoactive drugs are part of society and have been for centuries.


Help & Guidance 

When discovering that someone you care about has a problem with substance misuse, what should you do? Most people don’t quite know what they should do. That is very normal. No one teaches us what to do in a circumstance like this one.

The turmoil and anxiety generated just amplifies the whole situation, and soon enough, one cannot think. You’re not alone. Many families live through this unfortunate situation. They are by themselves, with no help. You don’t have to do that; resources does exist.

Public and Private Sector

In Canada, we have two options, public or private services. As in most healthcare facilities, you face some wait time in the public sector. It’s not to say that Healthcare professionals don’t care. The system is unfortunately inadequate for the demand. They are often overworked and understaffed. Many families have opted for private services in this sector to get adequate help.

The situation is also true with public access treatment centers in Canada. The private sector has little to no wait time. However, it is an out-of-pocket expense.

Public Access Treatment Centres in Canada

The public sector, otherwise known as community services or public access, is free of charge for the most part. They do not offer withdrawal management at their facilities. However, hospitals usually dispense this step of recovery. Once the person is withdrawn from the drugs, rehabilitation can start.

Depending on the city you live in, you may have a waitlist of a few days to a few months. Sometimes a referral note from a doctor or an addiction counsellor can speed up admission. We recommend calling the different services available and ask questions.

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Private Drug Rehabilitation Centres in Canada

A private recovery centre is a paid-for service facility. The price varies per centre. For example, you can have a program for less than a small compact car and as much as a luxury sports car. Many have payment options, and some will even adjust their price to help. In such an establishment, there is a very small or no waiting list at all. Most offer withdrawal management and some have medical detox as part of their service.

Addiction Referral and Consultation Services

To clarify, we work to find and refer people to addiction treatment centers with the right program for them. Our referral counsellors have years of experience and can help your family member.

If you have problems with drug addiction or someone you care about, don’t hesitate to get help and take a step towards a better life. Our professional referral addiction counsellors are there to assist you in finding the right treatment program in Canada.

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