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Alcohol Rehab Toronto, Ontario

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Alcohol addiction Toronto

If you or a loved one are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and are ready for a comprehensive addiction treatment program, you’ve come to right place! 1000 Islands Addiction Treatment Centre offers personalized treatment programs including withdrawal management and addiction services to help you achieve long term recovery. Our care team is eager to welcome you into recovery for substance use disorder at our best-in-class health centre located in Mallorytown, Ontario, between Toronto and Ottawa.

Alcoholism treatment program

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in the most countries across the globe. Drug rehab treatment programs can help recover. Addiction to alcohol can be notoriously difficult to detect, for several reasons, including the following:

  • Alcohol is legally available almost everywhere at a reasonable affordable cost, which means access is never a problem
  • Alcohol use is regarded as socially acceptable – even, in some cases, socially desirable
    Because the use of alcohol is so widespread, behaviours associated with overindulgence are normalized
  • Alcohol intoxication is rarely treated as a serious condition; on the contrary, friends and onlookers often find it amusing

What all of this means is that when we observe someone who is under the influence of alcohol, we accept their behaviour as “normal”, and we continue to regard it as such when we encounter the individual in a setting not usually associated with alcohol. Not only do friends, family members and peers not realize that there is a problem – in many cases, the addicted person doesn’t even know. As a result, by the time the individual or a loved one seeks help, the individual is addicted to the point of being at risk of serious withdrawal complications. By being aware of the signs of mild, moderate and severe alcohol abuse, people can get the help they need sooner, before lasting damage is done to their health and their relationships.


Alcohol Addiction Signs

The 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) has laid out eleven criteria that may indicate alcohol addiction. These are as follows:

  • The individual drinks more than intended, or for a longer time
  • The individual has wanted more than once to reduce or eliminate alcohol use, but has been unable to
  • The individual spends a lot of time drinking or recovering from the ill effects of alcohol intoxication
  • The individual has had alcohol cravings to the extent of being unable to think of anything else
  • Alcohol use – or the ill effects of intoxication – have interfered with the individual’s ability to meet family, work or school obligations
  • The individual has continued drinking in spite of it damaging relationships with friends or family members
  • The individual has favoured drinking over previously favoured activities
  • The individual’s alcohol use has resulted in an increased risk of harm such as driving, operating machinery, or engaging in unsafe sex while intoxicated
  • The individual has continued to drink in spite of detrimental effects to physical or mental health
  • Larger volumes of alcohol are needed to produce the desired effects
  • The individual experiences withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia, restlessness, nausea, shaking or sweating

The individual is regarded to have mild alcohol use disorder if two or three of these symptoms are present, moderate if there are four or five symptoms, and severe if there are six symptoms or more.

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Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal

The Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal

As an individual increases their use of alcohol, they develop a dependence to it. This means that their body becomes so accustomed to its presence that when they attempt to stop using it, they experience withdrawal symptoms that can range from being uncomfortable and frightening to being life-threatening.
Withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and panic
  • Digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramping
  • Headaches
  • Sleeping problems including nightmares and insomnia
  • Irritability, anger and uncharacteristic outbursts
  • High blood pressure and an increased heart rate
  • Chills and/or hot flashes
  • Sweating, shaking and shivering
  • Confusion and/or difficulty concentrating

In severe cases of withdrawal, the individual can experience delirium tremens, or DTs. Symptoms of this include:

  • Extreme confusion and disorientation
  • Extreme agitation
  • A fever
  • Auditory, visual or tactile hallucinations (hearing, seeing or feeling things that are not really there)
  • Seizures

Delirium tremens can be life threatening, and should be regarded as a medical emergency. Anyone should these symptoms should be taken to an emergency room immediately.

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Medical Detox for Alcohol Addiction

Because alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be so serious, it is not advisable for those with alcohol addictions to attempt to quit by themselves. A far safer option is medical detox: a process whereby the individual is supervised by doctors through the withdrawal process. This ensures the safety of the patient, and allows for immediate treatment of withdrawal symptoms as they arise.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening. Medical Supervision during detoxification will ensure safe transition. Withdrawal symptoms can be worst within 24 to 72 hours of stopping drinking.

The seriousness of withdrawal symptoms may vary but could include:

  • Depression
  • Hallucinating that you are hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Shaking – may be most prominent in the hands
  • Anxiety
  • Delirium Tremens – rapid onset of confusion that causes erratic behaviour
  • Increase in heart rate and blood pressure
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Our Approach To Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Our Approach To Alcohol Addiction Treatment

At our Toronto drug rehab , we believe in a holistic approach to alcohol addiction treatment. When you come through our doors, we do not just see an alcoholic. We see a human being who is in physical and mental anguish and who needs help. We do not treat the addiction, we treat the person. We understand that addictions happen for a reason, and that in order for the addict to recover, those root causes need to be addressed.

Our addiction treatment centre offers alcohol addiction treatment. We use a personalized approach unique to each client. Our facility is one of the most trusted and accomplished centres in the world. We provide alcohol addiction treatment to clients from North America and the world. We know that alcohol abuse and dependence destroys lives, relationships and families. We offer an exclusive and confidential treatment program. We help addicts put an end to their alcohol addiction problem. Our program helps alcoholics to avoid possible relapse.

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What our Alcohol Addiction Treatment Rehab Offers

Our professional addiction counsellors Toronto, Ontario at 1000 Islands Treatment Centre specialize in a holistic, therapeutic treatment approach so that we treat the entire individual and not just their chemical alcohol addiction but also their mental health. Our residential alcohol rehabilitation treatment centre in Toronto, Ontario uses the following processes to address substance abuse and dependence in this particular area:

  • Medical Detoxification
  • Recreation Programs
  • Holistic treatment approaches (inc. Yoga, Meditation)
  • Behavioural Health Based Treatment
  • Art and Music therapy
  • Relapse Prevention training
  • Life Management
  • Counselling for individuals, groups, and families
  • Nutritional and dietary counselling
  • Physical fitness and personal training
  • Aftercare treatment solutions

A Program Tailored For You

We tailor our alcohol rehab treatment program to answer to the unique and specific needs of our clients, using the result of their initial assessment as the basis for our alcohol addiction treatment plan.

Why Alcohol Addiction Treatment is Necessary

The effects of alcohol addiction are destructive and devastating. A person suffering from alcohol abuse is vulnerable to mental, emotional, and physiological problems and when left unaddressed, alcohol addiction many times leads to death.

Alcoholics not only physically and mentally suffer due to their alcohol addiction but the resulting financial and social issues can destroy their lives. When is it time to seek alcohol addiction treatment? Now is the time to get help and finally put an end to your alcohol addiction problem.

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Aftercare Alcohol Rehab Program

Aftercare is an important part of addiction recovery and alcohol rehab programs. Upon completion of your recovery program, you’ll exit our residential facility and may encounter new challenges as you adapt to life post-treatment. Addiction counselling calls will continue weekly for a period of one month after graduation, allowing you to discuss your transition from treatment and reflect on their treatment and the skills you’ve developed.

Alumni are also encouraged to be actively involved in virtual support groups that take place weekly for program graduates. There, you’ll be able to support and learn from others in drug and alcohol recovery. Learn more about Aftercare here.

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The Benefits of Alcohol Aftercare

Prevention of Relapse

Addiction is a chronic illness that is managed rather than cured. It is important to maintain a connection to your recovery community through aftercare in order to find support for your mental well being and reaffirm your commitment to the recovery process. Like chronic pain, issues may resurface and lead to relapse if regular care is disregarded.

Continued Support and Guidance

While you may experience new challenges as you adapt to life post-treatment, aftercare counselling sessions and support groups will provide further opportunities to discuss these challenges and receive helpful guidance from your peers. Recovery is an ongoing process and continued participation in aftercare is an important factor for long-term success.

Maintenance of Sobriety Skills

Our programs provide new skills and tools to encourage healthy coping methods and avoid triggers that may lead to relapse. Just like with most learning, it is beneficial to continue practicing new skills to better understand and implement them. Participation in aftercare programming allows the opportunity to get better at and maintain these recovery techniques that help to avoid alcohol and drug use.

Ongoing Therapy and Counselling

Addiction counselling calls will continue weekly for a period of one month after graduation. These counselling calls enable alumni to discuss their transition from treatment and the early challenges of recovery and reflect on their treatment and the skills they have developed.

Where to find alcohol addiction aftercare in Toronto?

Our aftercare sessions are offered virtually, so you can stay connected no matter where you need to be. To become an alumni, you must graduate from our alcohol treatment centre located in Mallorytown, Ontario, between Toronto and Ottawa.

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Alcohol Inpatient vs Outpatient Counselling

Understanding the available treatment options is important when deciding if inpatient treatment services are right for your addiction recovery.

Inpatient Alcohol Addiction Program

Residential treatment programs for alcoholism involve staying at a health centre for 30+ days. There are several beneficial components of inpatient treatment that are only available in person.


  • You can attend supervised medical detox to ensure you are safe and comfortable while the substance works its way out of your system.
  • You won’t have access to drugs and alcohol, and regular triggers that lead you to use drugs. Instead, you will learn positive ways of dealing with them.
  • You’ll be surrounded by the recovery community who will understand your challenges and support you toward successful recovery.
  • Preparing food and other chores are taken care of, so you can put all your focus into your health and wellbeing.


  • Inpatient treatment requires you to be away from your regular routine and responsibilities, which is not always practical or possible.
  • There is a higher cost for inpatient treatment, as it includes accommodation, food, and additional care and support staff to help facilitate your recovery.

Outpatient Alcohol Addiction Program

Outpatient treatment does not involve staying at a health centre. Instead, you must find your own motivation to attend treatment with less time dedicated to recovery.


  • You can continue your regular routine and responsibilities while attending treatment.
  • Outpatient care typically costs less than inpatient, as you don’t receive the same accommodation or services.


  • You won’t have access to medically supervised detox from a professional team
  • You must learn to develop new habits and coping technique while surrounded by your regular triggers and temptations
  • You won’t make the same connections with people in recovery as you would in person.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Alcohol Addiction Counselling?

Counsellors offer guidance, support and education for those navigating alcohol addiction. They help you understand the reasons behind drug use, provide regular check-ins to discuss progress in recovery, provide emotional support and much more to facilitate your success in treatment.

What specific services does your Toronto rehab centre offer for alcohol addiction?

Our services include:

  • Medically supervised detox
  • One-on-one therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Art and Music therapy
  • Wellness program, including nutrition, exercise and mindfulness
  • Family supports
  • Intervention
  • Life management and skill building

What is the process for alcohol detox at your center?

When you arrive at 1000 Islands, you stay in our stabilization wing for at least 24 hours, or until the detox process is complete. During this time, care consists of 24-hour medical support, medication for comfort and safety and a private room so you can go through this highly sensitive process in complete privacy.

Can you tell me more about your residential treatment program for alcohol addiction?

Our intake counsellors are pleased to speak with you and answer any questions you may have about our inpatient program. When you’re ready to learn more, call us or fill out the form below.