If you think your substance use may be causing problems in your life, try the following questionnaire:
- Have you ever tried to cut down on your opiate or drug use?
- Have you ever felt angry at or annoyed by someone else’s comments about your opiate or drug use?
- Have you ever felt guilty about your opiate or drug use?
- Do you use opiates throughout your day?
If you answer yes to two or more of these questions, you may have a substance use problem. Even a “yes” answer to one question might be a cause for concern and worth investigating further.
If you feel that substance use is causing problems in your life and that you are unable to control your use, see a trained counsellor for an assessment. The assessment gathers information about your use and related problems and other factors in your life, such as your personal strengths and supports. From this information, you and your assessment counsellor can decide whether you might benefit from treatment or other support.
Contact us with the information located here, and a specialist from the South Beach Detox Center will be in touch with you to help you decide if treatment is right for you.
Each treatment service is different, but all have trained staff who will:
- explore how opiates and other drugs affect your life
- plan treatment with you
- link you to other services that you might need
- help you learn skills for leading a healthy, balanced life
- help you set and meet your goals
- help you to learn how to avoid or cope with slips or relapses
- prepare a plan for what will happen after treatment.
How long you stay in our treatment depends on the service and on how much help you need to achieve your goals. Treatment can range from a few weeks to several months or longer.
Withdrawal symptoms are more likely if substance use is stopped suddenly, rather than reduced over time. Symptoms of withdrawal vary. They depend on the substance used, the health of the person and other factors. If within hours or days of stopping use you feel ill and distressed, you may wish to seek withdrawal management support (also known as detoxification or detox). If you can’t access a withdrawal management service right away, try a hospital emergency department. Emergency medical staff are also trained in assessing and helping people in withdrawal.
Withdrawal services can be medical or non-medical, depending on your needs. They can even be managed in your own home. Medical withdrawal management is the safest route if you:
- have a history of severe withdrawal (e.g., seizures or hallucinations)
- are dependent on more than one drug
- have a physical illness that withdrawal symptoms would worsen (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure)
- are pregnant.
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