F-A-Q – Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Addiction Referral & Consultation Services?

Addiction Referral & Consultation Services is a service offered to people that are looking for the best drug addiction treatment options for themselves or their loved one also consultation for those looking for answers or that are just worried about a person their care for.

Instead of searching endlessly for the best drug addiction treatment center let our professionals help you, they are well versed in the different types addiction treatment programs and can help you make the best choice for your needs.

 

What is the cost of Addiction Referral & Consultation Services?

This service is a free service. We will help you as best we can there will not be any bills of any kind sent to you when all is done.

 

What is the advantage of using our services?

The advantage is that our drug addiction treatment referral counselors have years of experiences dealing in these matters and they know, through experience, what each different drug addiction treatment program entails and what program is the best for your particular needs. This means less time for you spent on research and less guessing games.

 

Does the length of the program guarantee success?

There are no guarantees but as a major rule the more time spent on a program the more it increases the chances of success. To be successful a program must address the issues that are relevant to the individual’s problem, the quality of treatment is also important, it’s not only a question of time. Finally the individual doing the program has a great deal to do with his own success.

 

Successes for inpatient vs outpatient centers?

The outpatient centers are centers that allow the patient to live at home while in treatment whereas the inpatient treatment is residential in the latter the individual is in a controlled environment. The disadvantage of outpatient treatment is that the addict is in the environment where he/she used and can be swayed more easily into drugs; also the stimulus or triggers are there right in front of him/her. The first mentioned type of program asks that the individual be strong from the get go which is a “tour de force” for most individuals. In an inpatient drug treatment program the individual has the added security that the outside stimulus will be kept at a minimum because of the controlled environment.

 

Do treatment centers have waiting lists?

This all depend of the treatment center. As a general rule community based and government subsidized drug addiction programs, on average, have a 6-12 week waiting list. On the other hand most private drug rehabilitation programs usually do not have a waiting list.

 

What is the most successful treatment type?

A long term residential drug treatment program is your best bet. Most people cannot recover from addiction in a matter of a few weeks. The person needs enough time to address the reason or reasons why they found solace in drugs. It is not a matter of just stopping drugs or getting over the burden of withdrawal.

 

What defines addiction?

There are many schools of thoughts on this. We believe that if a person feels the needs to get high (alcohol or drugs) in certain situation and cannot act without it there is a dependency, whether this occurs once a week, once a month or every day. In spite of the fact that there might not be any withdrawal symptoms if the person needs it there is an addiction.

 

Is pot addictive?

In the 1970, pot use to have a THC concentration of 3 to 5 %, (the active ingredient that makes you high) nowadays the THC level in pot is well above 20% and with hydroponic culture it can reach up to 46% it is also often laced with some others chemical composite, such as meth, PCP, MDMA, etc.  This explains why more and more people are experiencing mental withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and other mental phenomena, you see more people now needing rehab to get off pot. It isn’t a soft drug anymore.

 

Can prescription medicine create addiction?

Yes. Depending on the medication of course, pain killers (opiates) are the number one culprit. Some of these medications have found there way into the streets and are sold on the black market. Hydro-morphine (Dilaudid), Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan are just a few.

The most common is OxyContin which contains oxycodone, it is an opiate like morphine, codeine, heroin and methadone. In Canada, OxyContin pills come in 10 to 80 mg of oxycodone. Just one OxyContin pill can have the same amount of oxycodone as 16 Percocet pills. Both Percocet and OxyContin relieve pain, but while Percocet gives relief for about five hours, the effects of OxyContin last for about 12 hours. It is a potent drug.

Ritalin is another prescription drug that can be found on the black market. Part of the family of amphetamine, it stimulates to speed up the nervous system unlike Opiates that calm down. Other drugs similar to Ritalin for their effect are cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamines and ecstasy to name a few. Ritalin can be found on the black market and people use them as a recreational drug.

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