Private Alcohol Treatment for 65-year-old Male
Joanna* called in to find addiction treatment resources for professionals in Ontario. She wanted to know about private and confidential programs that were going to help her 65-year-old husband struggling with alcohol dependency. Joanne said she had insurance, so we suggested she ask her provider to see if her insurance covers only “hospital facilities” or would allow him to seek other – specifically private – programs.
If Joanna’s insurance covers treatment, her husband will most likely attend to Homewood (Guelph) or Bellwood (Scarborough). These programs are the programs in Canada that have “hospital status” and meet the needs of insurance providers.
We also gave Joanna links to private 12 Step, 12 Step Holistic, and non-12 Step treatment programs (see below) if her insurance does not cover her husband’s treatment. We also gave her links for alternatives to standard treatment resources such as private therapy, sober companionship, life coaching, and pharmaceutical intervention.
NON 12 STEP RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS
SUNSHINE COAST HEALTH CENTER
2174 Fleury Road, Powell River, BC V8A 0H8
A private program for men that uses evidence based approaches and includes medically-supervised detoxification, masters-level therapists, on-site recreation (including indoor lap pool), psychiatric assessment, refresher courses (aftercare), online support (aftercare), family program, and couples program. Program lengths are 30, 42, 60, and 90 days while returning alumni have more flexible lengths of stay. Average cost is $15,000 for 30 days. Click the links for more information on SCHC’s program descriptions and fee schedule.
This is an English speaking fee-for-service co-ed treatment program for adults 18+. There are 30, 60, 90 day primary treatment programs with a 10 day maintenance program. They charge $8,000 for 30 days (extensions up to 90 days can happen) and use evidence and best practices models. They want to work with the client and design a treatment program that works best for them. They will help with implementing proper coping strategies in regards to stress. Treatment takes place in a home like environment in a rural area of Quebec. If necessary, clients see a psychiatrist for mental health assessment and treatment, as well as an addiction medicine doctor. Clients need to be sober prior to admission.
Contact MARIO LANCIA @ 514.631.9997 for information about admission to LifeScience.
TRADITIONAL 12 STEP PROGRAMS with a HOLISTIC MODEL
ORCHARD RECOVERY & DRUG TREATMENT CENTER
Bowen Island, BC (off coast of Vancouver)
Website: Orchard Recovery and Treatment Center
Contact Joanna Journet to get more program details by phone: (604) 947-0420 or Toll-free: 1(866) 233-2299
ONE ON ONE ALTERNATIVES
Summit-Bridge is a fee-for-service withdrawal management service. They come to your chosen location and offer 24/7 care and assistance through the initial withdrawal period. They are a Canada-wide service and use naturopathic and traditional western medicine. They also offer intervention services, sober companionship, and 24/7 monitoring and care to help clients establish new patterns and a recovery community.
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We recommend people pursue different methods (e.g. abstinence-based programs or harm-reduction methods) before settling on pharmaceutical alternatives for alcohol treatment. However, if Joanna and her husband chose this route, we recommended her husband go see a counselor at the same time.
Individuals take these daily. Any alcohol consumption while taking these pills will cause the person to become violently ill.
Opiate antagonists – typically naltrexone – are used to block the receptor sites that provide reward to the brain when using alcohol. Individuals do not stop drinking with the method. A person keeps drinking and teaches the brain that there is no reward in using alcohol. There are only two clinics in Ontario that offer this treatment (Wallaceberg and Windsor): http://www.eriestclairclinic.com/