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Substance Abuse Treatment Adult/Youth

Parents and family can help through early education about drugs, open communication, good role modeling, and early recognition if problems are developing. If there is any suspicion that there is a problem, parents and family must find the most appropriate intervention for their loved one.

The decision to get treatment for a child, adolescent or loved one is serious. Parents and family members are encouraged to seek consultation from a trained addiction counselllor when making decisions about substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents and adults.

No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.

At New Life Counselling we believe it is important to match treatment settings, interventions, and services to each individual's particular problems and needs. This is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to healthy functioning in the family, school, and society.

Remaining in treatment

for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness and positive change. Each person is different and the amount of time in treatment will depend on his or her problems and needs. Research shows that for most individuals, the beginning of improvement begins at about 1-3 months into the treatment process. After this time, there is usually further progress toward recovery.


(Individual and/or group) and other behavioral therapies are critical components of effective treatment. In therapy, adults/teens look at issues of motivation, build skills to resist substance use, replace substance-using activities with constructive and rewarding behaviors, and improve problem-solving skills. Behavioral therapy also facilitates interpersonal relationships and the person's ability to function in the home and community.


Whether it is at home, in a residential setting or hospital based is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug use. For some substance users medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use. While detoxification alone is rarely sufficient to help addicts achieve long-term abstinence, for some individuals it is a strongly indicated precursor to effective drug addiction treatment.


Relapses to substance use can occur during or after successful treatment episodes. Addicted individuals may require prolonged treatment or multiple episodes of treatment to achieve long-term abstinence and fully restored functioning. Participation in self-help (LINK SELF HELP) support programs during and following treatment often is helpful in maintaining abstinence. Parents and family members should ask what aftercare treatment services are available for continued or future treatment.

At New Life

We all know that most people struggle in recovery with relapse, which unfortunately is a common occurrence. Preventing relapse is one of the most important aspects in your recovery. You may find that you are living day by day with the fear of relapsing. Living in fear greatly hampers your recovery and sobriety, and is not necessary. Whether you are involved in our coaching program, groups or individual counselling the staff at New Life Counselling will teach you how you can live a happy, healthy life, without fear and without relapse.


New Life Counselling   4211 Yonge Street Suite 302, Toronto, Ontario     416-939-0074    info@newlifecounselling.ca