Rehab Types

Methods Available in Canada

There are many rehab types available in Canada to suit the vast majority of people. It can become somewhat overwhelming when choosing a center for oneself or our loved one. Many will not know where to start. Being knowledgeable in what is out there is a good place to start.  Below are outlines of the most common types of programs available.

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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.

Funded Treatment Centers & Rehab Types

The delivery and funding of addiction services in Canada is primarily the responsibility of provincial and territorial governments. However, the federal government has contributed with different strategies and funding.

In 2008, as part of the Treatment Action Plan under the National Anti-Drug Strategy, the Canadian government announced the Drug Treatment Funding Program (DTFP).

Since 2019, Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program* (SUAP) provides contribution funding for time-limited projects that address Canada’s drug and substance use issues.

Common Rehab Types & Options

Below are the 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 choosing which drug rehabilitation program is the right one for your needs, please call us today.

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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.

Medical Detox

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 14 to 45-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. Generally speaking, all residential treatment programs will require a medical exam and assessment before the inscription.

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 government-funded; 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.

Twelve Steps Methods

The twelve-step program, often employed in different rehab types, is the most practiced method 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 use the 12-step approach.

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Biophysical Approach

The Bio-physical 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.

Religious Based Treatment (RBT)

In most cases, when a person attends a program based on religious beliefs, the person usually has a religious background. Religious studies and practices are at the base of the method.

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.

Art Therapy

This method uses art as a means to express oneself. Using various mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpting, the person expresses their emotions or hidden fears and anxieties.  One does not need any prior knowledge of the arts is required to do this type of program.

Massage Therapy

In some cases, the person is so stressed with anxiety and overwhelmed with worry. The only means to begin to handle their addiction is to get the person relaxed and at ease. One of these rehab types is Massage Therapy, a drug rehabilitation program that brings about a state of relaxation about one’s addiction and life. The proper address of the underlying problem of addiction can now begin.

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