Drug Rehab Types
Methods Available in Canada
Many substance misuse treatment types are available in Canada to suit most people. It can become somewhat overwhelming when choosing a center for oneself or a loved one. Being knowledgeable about what is out there is a good place to start. Below are outlines of the most common types of programs available, with links to more information on each.
Not all Programs are Alike
Not all recovery methods will have the same effect on everyone. Some programs will have better results when considering the needs, problems, and beliefs of the individual seeking help. There are, however, some treatment programs that will give better results no matter what the issues are. Read on to see what methods are available in this country.
Common Rehab Types in Canada
Below are the most common addiction treatment options; there are many more therapies, but here are just a few forms. Please remember that most government-funded addiction services do not deliver all of these. Please call us today if you need help choosing a drug rehabilitation program that is right for your needs.
These programs provide a religious foundation for addiction recovery at the forefront. Spiritual advisors offer counselling and guidance to help clients find peace through their faith. Peer support is also integral to faith-based treatments, and group meetings are also part of treatment. For example, this could include Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous. Read more on religious type programs here.
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 receives daily interviews to encourage them through their detox and seek further help. This type of detox will generally take between 3 to 10 days. You can read more on regular detox here.
A medical detox service applies where a person is on prescription medication for a physical condition and uses illicit drugs or alcohol. It is a service with 24-hour medical supervision. Health professionals must wean the person carefully off the lethal combination before rehabilitation can start.
It has much to do with a person’s physical condition. Such drugs as Methadone, “Benzo” type medications, Morphine, Oxycontin, Percocet, and other pain suppressant drugs alone or combined may require monitoring blood pressure and heart rate to avoid seizures and other complications. Often used for those persons with substantial or long-term alcohol abuse. Find out more about this type of withdrawal.
Long-term Residential Treatment
Many drug rehab types considered “long term” begin at 8-week and can be as long as two years. Residential means the person stays on the premises. The program will often include 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 counsellors.
Short-term Residential Treatment
When referring to short-term treatments, the drug rehabilitation center in question usually delivers a 21 to 30-day program. These are treatment programs that deal with addiction in various methodologies, including 12-step programs and group counselling.
Despite it being short-term, the person stays at the facility. You can find it out more about short-term and long-term rehab types here.
Outpatient Programs / Counselling
Outpatient is just that. The person is not required to stay at the facility where services are delivered. The person lives at home but must show up at various counselling sessions. Usually, non-residential programs are publicly sponsored; a few are private and can assist someone who may have a very hectic lifestyle and can only free up a few hours per week. It is suitable for someone with a light addiction problem. More on outpatient or addiction counselling here.
Twelve Steps Methods
The twelve-step program is the most practiced rehab type worldwide.
Alcoholics Anonymous initially created this concept in the mid-1930s. Nowadays, the format applies to other groups experiencing difficulty with addiction or compulsive behaviour. Many facilities will use the 12-step program along with other methods. Inpatient and outpatient programs alike can use the 12-step approach. Here you can read more on the 12-step.
The Biophysical approach to addiction is a natural addiction treatment program handling the condition using various natural supplements and exercise; the body rebuilds to a healthier state. It can, at times, include a psychological or mental balance such as some yoga or meditative practices to bring about a more relaxed state of mind to overcome addiction and is often drug-free. More on this treatment method here.
Online Recovery Coaching
A unique service that focuses on applying unique life skills and the results of their application. The individual becomes aware of how the world around them affects them and how they affect the world. The person learns methods to increase their survival potential and achieve the goal of being in control, by choice, over drugs or alcohol consumption. Find out more about recovery coaching here.
Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (CBT)
The cognitive method used to overcome substance abuse uses tools to change addictive habits through various exercises and educational means. It is about getting the addict to change their way of thinking and behaving. This method is available either through residential or outpatient treatments and can be government-funded in some areas. Learn more about CBT here.
Replacement and Maintenance Treatment
Replacements and maintenance programs were established throughout the country to address the problem of substance abuse. By definition, it is a medical treatment that involves replacing an illegal substance, such as heroin, with a longer-acting but less euphoric opioid; methadone or buprenorphine are some of the drugs prescribed. Follow the link to have more information on this treatment method.
Contingency management (CM) is a behaviour modification intervention which reinforces wanted behaviours through motivations or rewards.
It includes techniques such as choice and preference assessments, community reinforcement approach and family training, and more. Learn more about this therapy here.
One-on-One and Group Counselling
In group therapy, participants share and discuss problems and concerns and work toward resolving these. A trained addiction counsellor monitors the session and ensures smooth and productive communication within the group. The aim is to heighten the awareness of the individual’s issues by talking and sharing with others. One can see that they are not alone in living with life issues and can help others by the same token.
One-on-One Addiction Counselling
The facilities offering this service will generally give one to two sessions weekly with a certified addiction counsellor. The counsellor listens and helps the individual with their life issues. They also work with the person to work through difficult situations. There is more about these types of counselling here.
Addiction Treatment Settings
There are also different settings for treatment throughout Canada. Among these, you can find: