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Substance Abuse Medical Detox & Withdrawal Programs

The Addiction Canada Withdrawal facility is for clients who require an inpatient setting and 24-hour nursing and medical care to withdraw from their substance of abuse. Services are offered to clients who have severe withdrawal symptoms including seizures and hallucinations. Clients are expected to attend before attending any of our residential treatment facilities. ALL detox services are ONLY facilitated by registered and certified professional medical staff.

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Opiate Medical Withdrawal
Opiates are a class of drug that is derived from the opium poppy, most commonly heroin and many narcotic pain medications which are some of the most addictive and harmful of drugs. There are also synthetic opiates that don’t come from the poppy plant, but which have a similar effect. Many prescription drugs are opiates, including Oxycontin, Percocet, Lorcet, Vicodin, Dilaudid and MSContin. People who abuse heroin or pain medications gradually develop a habit, having to take a certain amount of the drug every day in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. This habit will intensify over time as more drugs will be needed to maintain the same effect.
When a person who is physically dependent on opiates suddenly stops taking them, they experience opiate withdrawal. Physical dependence means that the body has become accustomed to the drug due to continued use over time. There are a wide range of symptoms for opiate withdrawal, and individuals experience some or all of them in varying intensities based on the length of time they used the drug and the dosage. Common opiate withdrawal symptoms are:
•Muscle aches
•Runny nose
•Stomach cramps•Vomiting
•Twitching, and/or
muscle spasms
The length of time these symptoms persist also varies. A small habit may result in a short withdrawal period of 3 or 4 days and only produce a few symptoms. Larger habits may cause symptoms that last for weeks. The typical opiate withdrawal period is around 7-10 days, with the most intense symptoms peaking about 72 hours after last use. Because of the length of the physical and psychological withdrawal process, it is extremely difficult for people to get through it without the help of a detox center. Most people will break down after 2 or 3 days and return to using drugs.
Some detox centers do not medicate their patients during withdrawal. This unpleasant method is known as “cold turkey” and at the Addiction Canda Detox Facility, we don’t believe in it. Opiate withdrawal symptoms can produce potentially dangerous health situations including elevation in blood pressure and dehydration. Left untreated, the pain of the withdrawal symptoms can make it psychologically difficult to stay in the detoxification facility and makes the client more likely to leave detox prematurely.
That said, other detox facilities will over medicate patients to the point where they are incoherent throughout their stay. They will medicate with large doses of other opiates or methadone for 7 days and discharge the patient with minimal follow-up. Substituting other drugs for the opiates only delays the onset of withdrawal symptoms. The person will leave the program feeling fine, but fall back into full-blown withdrawal as the detox medications wear off.
At the Addiction Canada Detox Facility, we use a mainly lowdose buprenorphine based medication that effectively manages opiate withdrawal symptoms. This medication allows our clients to remain comfortable and alert during their detox. We supplement the buprenorphine with a number of other medications to treat any discomfort that may arise. The Buprenorphine, because it is lowdose is weaned out within 7-10 days which also allows the client to leave detox with virtually no withdrawal symptoms. This treatment even works with synthetic opiates, like methadone.

Alcohol Medical Withdrawal
Alcohol detox is defined as a medical intervention that helps a patient to navigate safely through the process of withdrawal after the cessation of drinking.
Patients who are living with chronic alcohol abuse or alcoholism should begin their treatment with a professional medical alcohol detox as part of a comprehensive alcohol treatment program.
It is never recommended that patients who are living with an active alcohol addiction begin the withdrawal process without the supervision of medical professionals trained in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. An inpatient alcohol detox facility is always recommended for optimum safety and effectiveness.
With our medical detox setting, staff members, including nurses and doctors are supervising you 24/7 to ensure you are safe. If necessary, medications can be administered immediately to mitigate the severity of any and all withdrawal symptoms, helping you to get through the detox period safely and without much discomfort.
Once the patient has completed the detox process, he or she will begin with addiction treatment and therapy at one of our residential treatment centres to address the psychological aspect of alcohol dependence.
Illicit Drug Medical WithdrawalIllicit Drug detoxification is used to reduce or relieve withdrawal symptoms while helping the addicted individual adjust to living without drug use; drug detoxification is not meant to treat addiction but rather an early step in long-term treatment. Detoxification may use medications as an aspect of relief and treatment. Illicit drug detoxification and treatment will occur in our medical detox center.Drug detoxification may vary depending on the addicts choice of drug, but medical detox treatment is used to avoid the symptoms of physical withdrawal to illicit drugs.With our medical detox setting, staff members, including nurses and doctors are supervising you 24/7 to ensure you are safe. If necessary, medications can be administered immediately to mitigate the severity of any and all withdrawal symptoms, helping you to get through the detox period safely and without much discomfort.We provide medical detox in Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton treatment centres and serve all of Canada.


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