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The issue of opioid and drug addiction in Canada has reached epidemic proportions. In recent years, fatal overdoses have skyrocketed in what many call a national health emergency. Yet. despite the harrowing facts of these types of addiction, help is available and recovery from drug addiction and substance abuse is possible at Cedars.

Whether it is illicit drugs such as heroin or prescription painkillers, or opioid prescriptions like Oxycontin, OxyNEO, Vicodin, Dilaudid or Methadone, these substances are becoming increasingly prevalent in society, with serious impacts on the lives of more and more Canadians each day.

Not only highly addictive, opioids are easily misused. Regular abuse of these substances can lead to drug addiction, a complex disease that, if not addressed, can have severe ramifications on the user’s life, including on their health, relationships and even entire lives.

Opiate addiction can take hold of individuals from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. As drug addiction affects each person in a highly individualized way, there can be many signs and symptoms of abuse, including behavioural and physical symptoms. Regardless of an individual’s drug of choice, or the type of symptoms they experience, opiate addiction is a dangerous epidemic and the patterns of abuse can be extremely difficult to stop.

Drug Addiction Help

Despite the harrowing facts of drug addiction, recovery is possible, and at Cedars, our individualized drug addiction treatment programs are instilled with that belief in mind. Addiction is a chronic and progressive neurobiological disease with psychological, spiritual and social implications. As such, inpatient treatment is critical in the addiction process and like other chronic illnesses, long-term management will be necessary. With post-treatment continuing care programs, patients will have a comprehensive network of help and support in addition to the foundation of the traditional 12-Step recovery programs when returning home.

With the right recovery curriculum, you can live a life free of opiates.

Drug Detox

One of the fundamental issues with trying to end drug addiction is the withdrawal symptoms. Those symptoms are often enough to deter individuals from seeking treatment. At Cedars, our drug addiction treatment includes medically monitored detox by addiction medicine physicians and specialists to provide the most comfortable transition during the early stages in recovery. Our team of doctors and nurses, along with our knowledgeable support staff, work diligently to facilitate a safe detox with proper monitoring, allowing for a smooth transition into our full treatment program when it is most suitable for the patient.

What is Drug Detox?

Simply put, detox involves clearing the body of drugs or alcohol. At Cedars, there’s no set length of time for drug detox; instead, treatment is built around each individual’s needs, experiences, and preferences. Throughout the process, patients will receive 24-hour care. Our team of doctors and nurses, along with our knowledgeable support staff, work diligently to facilitate a safe detox with proper monitoring.

Drug withdrawal can have serious, and potentially life-threatening effects. Individuals who go through drug detox often feel uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, rapid heartbeat, changes in blood pressure, sweating, tremors and fever. At Cedars, there’s no set length of time for drug detox but rather treatment is built around the needs, strength and preferences of each individual.

Although a vital part of the early stages of treatment, detox alone is not sufficient for successful recovery. Unfortunately, it often only addresses the physical effects of drug addiction, but not the mental or psychological aspects. Therefore, detox followed by a multi-faceted inpatient treatment program and continuing care is the best way to ensure abstinence is not only achieved but maintained.

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Get the help you need at Cedars. Let us help you, or someone you care about, find a path to recovery that will foster sustainable success. Get more information about our admissions process, first steps, treatment planning and what to bring with you when you decide to begin treatment.

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