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A message from FNHA’s Mental Health and Wellness team.
When people think of “treatment” they often think only of “live-in treatment centres.” In fact, “treatment centres” is one of the most-searched-for items on the FNHA website. Many people are desperate to help loved ones they see struggling, and believe treatment centres are the only option. Those who cannot go to treatment centres for various reasons, including work and family obligations, may feel discouraged.
Treatment does not necessarily mean staying in a treatment centre
The reality is that live-in treatment is a successful and supportive option for some, but is not the answer for others. The word “treatment” on its own often conjures up thoughts of having to leave home and go to a place where we work on restoring balance – physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. However, only a small percentage of people (approx.16 per cent) who are experiencing problematic or harmful substance use ever step foot in a treatment centre.