Drug & Alcohol Addiction, Recovery, & Rehabilitation Information for Ontario, Canada
Ontario is Canada’s most heavily populated province. Located centrally, it is home to both Canada’s largest city, Toronto, and its capital, Ottawa. Ontario is bordered by the U.S. states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania (across Lake Erie), and New York.
For residents of Ontario with drug addiction problems, Narcotics Anonymous has centers based in its three largest urban centers: Ottawa, Toronto, and Kingston. For those who need more intensive care, Sobriety Home offers state-of-the art residential addiction treatment in the nearby province of Quebec. Located in a calming, rustic setting and offering accommodations similar to that of a well appointed country inn, many clients from across Canada choose Sobriety Home for their addiction treatment and rehabilitation, using the Aftercare program to receive the support needed to remain clean and sober once they have returned home.
Drug & Alcohol Addiction, Recovery, & Rehabilitation Information for Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Skyline; photo: John Vetterli
Often, the stresses and temptations of urban living can lead to problems with addiction, including alcohol and drug abuse. The population of Toronto is no exception. The 2004 Drug Use in Toronto Report identified high rates of marijuana use and binge drinking among students living in Toronto. Among marginalized communities, methamphetamine is popular in younger people, while older adults favor crack cocaine. Ecstasy (MDMA) remains the most popular club drug and, as in other communities, the use of narcotics such as Oxycodone or Oxycontin is an emerging problem.
Toronto is home to one of the world’s foremost research centers in the area of addiction, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The CAMH has an arm specifically dedicated to the study of drug addiction. According to experts there, drug addiction is a complex disorder affected by many factors, including the environment we live in and our genes. As a result, the CAMH researchers are studying both the pharmacological and psychological components of addiction and recovery. In addition to studying addictions to illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, Oxycodone, and LSD, they also look at addiction to tobacco cigarettes and gambling. Another area of research is the relationship between mental disorders, such as anger problems or eating disorders, and addiction.
Developing a better understanding of addiction can help us develop better treatments that can enhance the recovery process. At Sobriety Home, we keep up-to-date on the latest research from major addiction centers like CAMH so that we can offer the best recovery services that science has to offer.
Drug & Alcohol Addiction, Recovery, & Rehabilitation Information for Ottawa, Ontario
City of Ottawa at Night
Ottawa is the capitol city of Canada. Despite a population of only just over 1 million, this is a thriving city, with the government and the University of Ottawa presenting important employment opportunities.
In its role as Capital, it is no surprise that Ottawa was selected to be the starting point of a nationwide fact-finding mission entitled "Resolving Marijuana Prohibition”. Kicking off on January 26, 2009, students, faculty, media, politicians, activists and interested public across Canada were invited to join leader Marc-Boris St-Maurice, Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Canada (NORML) as he crosses the country. The mission is to explore the four pillars of the "National Resolution for the Legalization of Marijuana":
- Economic Development
- Health and Medicine
- Social Justice
- Policy Implementation