Toronto: Alcohol and Drug Addiction, Rehabilitation and Recovery
General Information for the City of Toronto
The City of Toronto, widely considered the country’s center of culture, entertainment, and finance, is the most populous Canadian city. With 2.7 million people, Ontario’s capital is the fifth most populous in North America. With nearly half of the country’s immigrant population settling here, ranking second highest in the world, the City of Toronto is among the most diverse metropolitans in the world, and is widely considered one of the fastest-growing urban areas.
The city, the country’s financial capital, is one of the top global financial centers housing the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Canada’s Big Five banks. With companies large and small alike, across diverse industries, the city’s economy contributes a total of 11% of the Canadian Gross Domestic Product. The Torontonian workforce is primarily an experienced labor force—sales and service occupations, business, finance, and administration occupations, and management occupations make up the vast majority of Toronto workers.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Addiction in the City of Toronto
Often, the stresses and temptations of urban living can lead to problems with addiction, including alcohol and drug abuse, and Torontonians are no exception.
The Research Group on Drug Use (RGDU), commissioned by Toronto Public Health in 2004, reported that Toronto students as young as junior high had experimented with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, designer drugs, and powdered cocaine, listed in order of popularity. Overall, the study found, alcohol is the substance of choice among the students, showing growth every year.
Toronto street car. Credit: Steve Mann
Among the adult Toronto population, alcohol is also most popular, along with marijuana, powdered cocaine, methamphetamine, and OxyCotin. Marijuana is currently the most favored illicit drug in the area, although powdered cocaine, methamphetamine, and OxyCotin are showing significant gains. Powdered cocaine, a natural stimulant, is increasingly popular as a recreational drug among both mainstream adults and university student populations in Toronto.
Poly-drug use, the practice of combining two or more drugs, including alcohol, is currently widespread in Toronto. Powdered cocaine, methamphetamine, and Oxycotin all pose a very high risk of addiction and substance abuse. As the popularity of these drugs rises in Toronto, the rate of substance abuse and addiction in the city will invariably rise as well.
At Sobriety Home, we keep up-to-date on all the latest drug use and addiction research so that we can offer the best treatment. New research allows a better understanding of alcoholism and drug addiction, resulting in better counseling, treatment, and aftercare, and, ultimately, a more successful recovery process.