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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions or would like a greater understanding of any topic covered, feel free to contact us at the toll free number listed above.  We will respond to any and all inquiries within 24 hours of receiving your message.

The information contained in this website is for personal and informational use only. It does not represent or replace professional advice given by a practitioner in the health or medical field especially when relating to a particular case. Please consult a qualified medical or health professional in attempting to deal with any medical or emotional problem associated with drinking or drug use.

Does Habitude pay for their referrals?

Although  a fee for service private program, Habitude does not support or nor pay any commissions to any 3rd party brokers for any recommendations or referrals to the program. This is a practice that some treatment centres have engaged in and unfortunately many vulnerable families have no awareness around this disturbing practice. Unless a website is government approved or supported, it is typically a broker who is offering “free” information to unsuspecting callers.  These individuals are not counsellors and are paid significant sums of money or “prizes” to recommend these paying facilities.  Any licensed professional would not engage in these practices.  If you are not sure if the site is public funded check with your local Addiction Support Programs.  Professionals ” do not solicit or use information from clients to acquire, either directly or indirectly, advantage or material benefits” and “do not exploit professional relationships for personal benefit, gain or gratification”.

How can I recognize that someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?

People who struggle with substances misuse issues will attempt to withhold the fact that they are using drugs or alcohol from friends and family, and eventually they will start to act strangely and irrationally. They will start to withdraw from family, friends and their social life. They will begin to violate their own integrity, act against their own principals. He/she will be more overwhelmed as this behaviour will create more problems. They will use more drugs to counter that overwhelming feeling. Individuals get to a point where drugs are the most important thing in their life. The more the person uses, the more their body will tolerate the presence of drug in the system. They will then use more to try to match that previous “high”. There will be a point when they won’t be able to get the release from the drug experience in the beginning. In the case of hard drugs, this is a critical point for overdose. In the case of milder drugs, the danger is reaching for stronger, more addictive drugs.

What are the signs of a drug addiction?

The most common signs to look for are:

  • The person starts to lie.
  • They withdraw from family and friends.
  • The person becomes unreliable.
  • They don’t finish what they start.
  • They exhibit frequent mood swings.
  • They are often depressed.
  • They exhibit irregular sleeping habits.
  • They become isolated.

Does a person need to “hit rock bottom” before they can be helped?

Certainly not. Early intervention often prevents the person from becoming involved in criminal activities or contracting diseases through sharing of needles or other drug paraphernalia. An early intervention often prevents the person from beginning their downward spiral.

Is public funding available?

The Habitude Addiction Program is a private fee-for-service facility with no public funding available.

Does medical insurance pay for treatment?

More and more private Canadian and American Insurance companies are covering treatment for addiction. Because individual insurance plans vary so much, individuals are required to pay for the cost of treatment at the time of admission and submit receipts for reimbursement directly with the insurance company. Turning Point will assist you by providing confirmation documentation as requested.

Is financing available?

Yes. Habitude recommends Medicard; a Canadian Medical financing company that we have found willing to work with our clients to help meet their needs. The approval rate is very high, and repayment terms can be tailored to your budget. We have also teamed up with other Financial Institutions. – Click here for Financing Options

Why should I pay for private rehab services when the government offers programs that are provided as part of our health care coverage?

There are publicly funded rehab programs available, but there are certain advantages to enrolling in a private drug and alcohol rehab facility.


1) Unprecedented Results

People fail when they don’t plan to succeed. Post-Acute withdrawals are typically supported with medication which further cloud the person’s ability to think clearly. 

It is common for most people who are addicted to substances to feel like they have a bad flu, to struggle mentally and physically with aggressive cravings in the first stages of recovery. Many individuals will struggle for the first few months  and some for years.  Habitude™ Client’s are emotionally and physically supported and the results are amazing. There is no comparison when you look and speak with a person who has completed a 21, 28, 45, 60, or 90 program vs a traditional program.

2)No waiting

When you or your loved one make the decision to get help now, you want it now – not tomorrow! Addictions professionals recommend that you listen to that impulse of immediacy. When you delay an entry into treatment research shows that the resolve often lessens, and with the complications to treatment mounting, you may miss the opportunity to recover your life.

Most public facilities operate with substantial waiting lists and you may need to wait for weeks or even months for your turn at treatment. Private rehabs can, of course, fill up too, but the available options are greater, and the odds are very good that you can find a quality drug or alcohol rehab in your area willing to accept you today.

3) After Hours Assistance

Unlike public centres, Habitude is always available after hours and help begins from the moment you call. Often times, family members call on behalf of loved ones who may not be ready for treatment. Our professionals help provide strategies for confronting addictive behaviours, and provide coping mechanisms and valuable information to help family members feel they are not alone.

4) More individual therapy

Public drug and alcohol rehabs are forced to stretch every dollar to its limits, and since private therapy with a trained clinician amounts to the single greatest treatment expense incurred at most rehabs, this is unfortunately often the first thing to go.

Individual therapy offers invaluable insight into the root causes of abuse, and also into finding solutions for those problems that increase the likelihood of future abuse. Having a trained professional work with you on the development of an individual and unique plan towards relapse prevention can also make the difference between ultimate relapse and a future of sobriety.

5) A home-like environment

Although the treatment environment does not impact on recovery in the same way that therapy does, uncomfortable accommodations, a lack of privacy and a lack of peripheral programming do negatively impact on the experience.
The period of rehab is pretty tough as it is, and clients who can recover in a stress-free and comfortable environment can focus more of their energies and attention on the central task of recovery, and less on worries about privacy or discomfort.


Why do other programs have such low success rates?

It is very common for clients to say that without the physical support, they were feeling sick mentally and physically in the first 3-4 weeks of their previous programs. Group Counselling or watching videos with 50-60 others did nothing to support them physically, mentally or spiritually. By the time they started to feel better it was time to go. With little or no support, no individual counselling, and no structured aftercare they were set free to do it all over again. Only this time, their families and friends were angry because it didn’t cure them. The reality is that it takes time and energy to move the pendulum back to where it should be.

There is a false sense of reality when it comes to really supporting an individual with addiction problems. The addiction is just the symptom. The work begins with fixing the damage that the chemicals have done to them physically and mentally and then working on the issues that drive the addiction. It didn’t happen overnight and it takes time to recreate a healthy life. Programs are many times too short with very little accomplished or too long and very little accomplished. – see Why Choose Habitude™ Addiction Program

Why don’t most people understand Addiction?

As human beings, we feel pleasure and pain and our bodies work with those feelings. For example, when we are emotionally stressed and we get a headache. There is no question our body, mind and spirit are interconnected. Why don’t we address the physical addiction? How can someone focus when they feel physically sick and not mentally stable? How can someone heal their personal issues in large group settings? Most individuals do not understand what is involved in acute withdrawals or post acute withdrawals. They have never had to white knuckle anything in their life except a roller coaster ride. This is a ride they have never taken.

Why are so many people being diagnosed with mental health issues or concurrent disorders?

Today, there is so much misdiagnosis, and so much damage being done to our bodies by only treating symptoms. Is addiction a genetic disease or is it caused by our experiences and the trauma that many times is buried deep below our actions? How do we determine true mental health issues if we are never clean enough to do a proper assessment? How do we determine that we are diseased if we have not given ourselves an opportunity to heal from the wounds that are constantly oozing? Every once in a while a scab forms and then someone or something knocks it off and we ooze all over again. Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of someone with serious addiction problems or mental health issues are almost the same. How can we seek proper treatment if we don`t know what we are treating? See Body, Mind & Spirit

Should we use drugs to treat an addiction?

When we use drugs ,we alter everything. When we seek help, we have to address everything. When we use drugs to fix a drug problem, we only mask the problem and potentially are putting clients or their loved ones at greater risk. The idea of harm reduction may seem like a good idea at the time, however, for most it is not realistic choice. See Body, Mind & Spirit

Does Methadone work?

How many Methadone Maintenance clients just use Methadone? Many continue to use or drink. Each individual must decide if they want to truly drug free. They must be prepared to do the emotional, physical and social changes necessary to be successful in their recovery. For some, it has been effective, however their wish is still to be drug free and they have been told it is possible without compromising their sobriety.

Why do the families need to be a part of the program too?

We know that when someone is addicted to drugs/alcohol there is pain, sorrow, regret, shame and anger. We know that when you love someone who is addicted to drugs/alcohol, there is pain, sorrow, regret, shame and anger. We all need to heal. Healthy family members want to be a part of a healthy recovery. We all have to understand what we need to do going forward, what we need to stop doing going forward and how to overcome the past. No different than the person who is addicted to their drug/alcohol, everyone involved must shift their thoughts and actions to move forward into a happy and healthy future. Habitude offers a Family Education Workshop as part of the program that helps that families to identify any issues that may be enabling their loved one and works with them to create a solid healing foundation.

Do families typically force their family members to come to Habitude Addiction Program?

Once a person is presented with our program, they are excited to get started. They finally feel that someone finally ‘gets’ what they need to do to turn their life around. Our program is comprised of individuals who are motivated to change. They do not come in the program kicking and screaming. They don’t come. We don’t want anyone there that doesn’t want to be there. Our clients all choose to be there to, so the last thing they need is someone else sabotaging their own recovery. At the end of the program, they can honestly say that they chose to come and they did the work. – Click here to request Habitude™ Addiction Program Outline.

Can interventions work?

We believe an professional interventionist is beneficial. Their role is to educate, guide families, provide strategies and support the family towards a unified goal of offering a life line to a loved one, who is struggling with addiction.

Should I go to my family doctor first?

There are some doctors who admit they are at a loss. They admit they had very little training in medical school about addiction, or how to manage a patient who is addicted to a substance or alcohol. They are general practitioners’ who typically refer to specialists when it is outside their realm of expertise. They do not know who to refer to any more. Many blame their own colleagues for creating this situation. Many admit that outside of prescribing a medication they don’t know how to fix issues of addiction. Some are incorporating holistic practices in their own practices. Many have embraced the Habitude™ Addiction Program and are very pleased with our comprehensive treatment plan. – – Click here to request Habitude™ Addiction Program Outline.

Is there such thing as a quick fix for addiction?

Society is looking for the quick fix. It does not exist. Rapid Detox, 18-30day programs are typically not enough to get someone healthy and truly happy. In order to address addiction, we must be realistic about what needs to be done to overcome the addiction. It took you or your loved one years to create this problem…it cannot be fixed over night. We must address all the issues…body, mind and spirit. – Click here to request Habitude™ Program Outline.

Why does Habitude partner with Naturopathic Doctors in its program?

Habitudes all-natural and holistic approach to alcohol and drug detoxification and recovery is greatly enhanced by our partnership with two leading Naturopathic Doctors.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) seek to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by emphasizing nature’s inherent self-healing process. An ND views the individual as an integral whole including the physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors affecting health. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Doctors are highly skilled health-care practitioners who undergo four years of rigorous post-graduate study to attain the designation. NDs often collaborate with other branches of medical science, and refer patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.

What is the difference between and Naturopath and a Homeopath?

A Naturopath practices Naturopathic Medicine, which can be thought of as being like a general practitioner of natural medicine. Some Naturopaths learn how to use homeopathy as part of their training. A Homeopath trains more in depth in homeopathy, which is a simple but effective medicine that uses small traces of a substance to resolve symptoms.

Are people who do things other than MD-medicine quacks?

Not the ones that we know and work with. Many of them have studied for many years, internally and externally, to learn to do what they do, and are systematic, rigorous practitioners regulated by their respective boards. And all bring years of experience to their approach to patients.

Is Habitudes Program faith based?

We welcome clients from all religious denominations and out of respect for each person’s belief we  have chosen not  incorporate any specific type of religious services into the actual program. Clients can participate in their religious practices during non-treatment programming times.  Clients who want to attend services and feel strongly about maintaining this practice are encouraged to incorporate this into their weekly visits with their family and friends.

What are the benefits  of Auricular Acupuncture and Meditation?

    Auricular Acupuncture Info Sheet     Benefits of Meditation Info Sheet


What is NAATP are why are we members?

For thirty years since its founding in 1978, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), which represents nearly 275 not-for-profit and for-profit providers (free standing and hospital based programs, which offer a full continuum of care from outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation regimes), has acted as the voice of private alcoholism and drug dependency treatment programs throughout the U.S. That voice has been heard time and time again – in Congress, in the insurance industry, in the utilization review arena and in the chemical dependency treatment field itself. NAATP has assumed a strong leadership role on behalf of treatment providers in areas such as treatment standards, education, research, and advocacy of legislative, regulatory and reimbursement positions supported by the field.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) is to promote, assist and enhance the delivery of ethical, effective, research-based treatment for alcoholism and other drug addictions. NAATP will seek to accomplish this mission by; (1) providing its members and the public with accurate, responsible information and other resources related to the treatment of these diseases; (2) advocating for increased access to and availability of quality treatment for those who suffer from alcoholism and other drug addictions; and (3) working in partnership with other organizations and individuals that share NAATP’s mission and goals.


NAATP is committed to creating an environment in which addiction treatment is recognized, state-of-the-art, cost effective and outcome-based. Vital to this commitment is a network of members offering services of unparalleled quality.

NAATP is the Leading Voice of Addiction Treatment