Paying For Rehab In Canada

Receiving quick, affordable, and effective treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in Canada is possible. Treatment for substance use in Canada can be either publicly or privately funded, but the quality of services offered may vary. Most people in Canada are covered by Canada’s Medicare, a largely single-payer system in which addiction and psychiatric disorders are insured like any other medical disorder. The government will also cover all or part of the cost of treatment at a publicly funded center, but wait times can be long. Spaces are often limited, and spots only become available as people leave or graduate from the program. Privately funded residential treatment centers require payment from insurance or from the individual. The cost of treatment at a private center can be expensive, but they often have shorter wait times. There are different benefits for either publicly or privately funded rehab centers, but the most important thing is to make an informed decision. However you choose to pay for rehab in Canada, the first step is to determine what kind of treatment you desire.

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Treatment Methods

The Canadian government utilizes what is known as “The 4 Pillars” when it comes to substance use and addiction: prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and enforcement. When seeking help for an individual struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, an assessment can help determine the appropriate route for them. In Canada, there are different treatment settings such as:

  • Outpatient: Outpatient care can be provided in various different places in the community, such as a doctor’s office, a mental health clinic, or an addiction clinic. This type of setting is often used by people struggling with addiction who are not at immediate risk of harming themselves or others. Outpatient treatment can be supplemented with counseling and other structured treatment activities.
  • Inpatient: Inpatient treatment involves 24/7 care at a hospital setting with intensive and structured treatment activities. Inpatient care is best for those who also have medical or mental health problems that need to be addressed in addition to substance abuse.
  • Residential: Live-in care and treatment is available 24/7 at residential centers, some of which are publicly funded or covered under insurance. Those with complex and long-standing addictions to drugs and alcohol can benefit from attending residential rehab in Canada.
  • Withdrawal management centers: Those who have become physically dependent on alcohol or other drugs can withdraw safely at detox centers. These withdrawal management centers can exist within other settings such as hospitals, residential centers, and non-residential centers.
  • Continuing care: Those who have gone through rehab can seek post-treatment care to support and maintain healthy changes. This kind of treatment includes peer support groups, medication, and housing support.

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Specialized Treatment

Addiction treatment can also be specialized to fit the needs of different communities and populations going to rehab in Canada. Those who identify as indigenous may seek culturally informed treatment programs and healthcare services. This includes having a therapist who understands the role of culture and cultural practices in healing and recovery. In Canada, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities have access to the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) funded by the government. In addition, certain Native friendship centers provide services and support.

The Canadian government has also established a program for veterans who struggle with stress, trauma, and addiction. The Veterans Affairs of Canada provides addiction and mental healthcare services for veterans, active members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

In addition to government-funded programs, an Act of Parliament in 1988 created the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). CCSA is a non-governmental organization that provides national leadership on substance use and works to advance solutions related to alcohol and drug-related harms. Addiction in Canada is a threat to public health and safety, but prevention and treatment programs exist to help individuals seeking rehab in Canada.

Finding Rehab In Canada

If you or a loved one is living in Canada and in need of treatment for substance abuse, don’t hesitate to seek help. There are many different options to choose from. Rehab in Canada can be affordable, quick, and efficient as well as life-changing. Contact a treatment provider today to begin exploring your treatment options.

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  • Ginni Correa is a Latinx writer and activist living in Orlando,FL. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and double majored in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. After graduation, Ginni worked as an educator in public schools and an art therapist in a behavioral health hospital where she found a passion working with at-risk populations and advocating for social justice and equality. She is also experienced in translating and interpreting with an emphasis in language justice and creating multilingual spaces. Ginni’s mission is to build awareness and promote resources that can help people transform their lives. She believes in the importance of ending stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse while creating more accessible treatment in communities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and attending music festivals.

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  • Deborah has a Master’s Degree from Lesley University and has been certified as an Addictions Counselor in PA since 1986. She is currently a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor – CAADC. She is  nationally certified as a MAC – Master Addictions Counselor – by NAADAC (The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors). Her 37 years of experience and education are in addiction, recovery, and codependency. Addiction affects the entire system around the addict. There is no "bad guy" in the system. Fight the addiction, and help the addict. I help loved ones restore sanity to their lives and hence encourage change. Recovery is possible!

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