Regina Intervention Services
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Support
Regina is Saskatchewan’s capital and second largest city with a population of approximately 230,000 people. Situated on Wascana Creek in the south-central part of the province, it expanded rapidly in the 20th century to become an important transportation, manufacturing, and distributing centre of a vast agricultural area.
Regina has not escaped the opioid crisis plaguing Canada, bringing grief and heartache to many families across the country. Fentanyl—a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent—continues to the leading cause of opioid related deaths in Regina. Two milligrams of fentanyl (about the size of four grains of salt) is enough to kill an adult.
According to the Saskatchewan Coroners Service, there were 23 deaths caused by fentanyl in the province in 2018, more than any other opioid. Of those, 13 occurred in Regina, the most fentanyl-related deaths in a single Saskatchewan city in a year. There were 14 deaths in Saskatchewan caused by fentanyl in 2017 and eight in 2016.
However, death from a fentanyl overdose isn’t the only concern that family members have with their loved one’s addiction. Permanent brain damage due to overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse. Opiates such as heroin, morphine, OxyContin, and fentanyl are depressants – the purpose of the drug is to slow down breathing and the heart rate. Therefore, in the context of an overdose, the most significant risk, after death, is a lack of oxygen to the brain resulting in permanent damage. It only takes three to five minute of oxygen deprivation to cause a permanent brain injury.
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Drug & Alcohol interventions in Regina
As a professional drug and alcohol abuse interventionist in Regina, Andy Bhatti will make the intervention process as manageable as possible, especially the beginning stages of the intervention. He has many years of experience working with people suffering from a substance addiction and their families to help them find meaning in life once more.
Drug and alcohol addiction is a destructive path, but recovery is possible. Andy provides a diverse range of specialized and one-of-a-kind mental health and substance use services for teenagers and adults in Regina and throughout Saskatchewan, providing them with opportunities to overcome the addictive behaviours and patterns in their lives. As well as treatment plans, he offers ongoing 24 hour recovery support supervision and sober coaching to increase the chances of long-term success.
Working with Health Authorities and other private treatment centers in Saskatchewan can ensure that everyone in Regina and the surrounding area has access to the help they need, when they need it.