Winnipeg Detox Centres and Counselling Services

Winnipeg Detox Centres and Counselling Services

Winnipeg Detox Centres and Counselling Services

Addiction is a problem that affects many in Winnipeg. However, recovery is entirely possible. It’s more likely, though, with help from professionals. A study done in 2006 found achieving 3-year remission was less likely and relapse more likely in those with alcohol use disorders that didn’t seek help in recovery.

To begin the recovery process, those struggling with substance dependency first need to detox, which is possible to do with the help of professionals, in a Winnipeg detox centre.

Detox is the process of letting the substance you are addicted to passing through your system so you become clean and sober and can move forward in your recovery.

Going through this process at a Winnipeg detox centre can ensure you stay safe.

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How to choose the right detox centre in Winnipeg

If you’re looking to detox in a centre, you’ll want to make sure you pick the right one for you. Below are five things to consider to ensure that you do.

1. Types of Addiction It Treats

Although some detox centres will have detox capabilities available for different types of drugs and addictive substances, others will have some specializations (like alcohol or opiates, for example). This is something you may want to keep in mind, particularly if you are addicted to a substance that can be dangerous to detox from (like alcohol and opiates).

2. Location

Winnipeg isn’t a small city, and you may want to be in a Winnipeg detox centre that’s near your home, or the home of someone in your support system.

3. Care Provided

Although there are some typical aspects of detox centres, like a medical evaluation and stabilization, different facilities will have a different amount of space, different numbers of staff, and provide slightly different care in different atmospheres. The stay in a detox centre is not typically extensive. However, it can be an uncomfortable experience so you want to make sure you pick a centre that will make you feel as comfortable as possible.

4. Connections to Further Treatment

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Typically, your recovery process will include more than detox. So, you’ll want to make sure the Winnipeg detox centre you choose has connections to further treatment centres that you can use. For instance, maybe they can connect you with counselling services or a rehab center.

5. Cost

Some types of addiction services have insurance coverage. However, if you don’t have coverage for detox treatment, you’ll want to take the cost of treatment at Winnipeg detox centres in mind.

What to expect during detoxification

Every detox centre and detox centre experience will be different. However, there are some things you can expect.

Medical Evaluation

When you first come into a Winnipeg detox centre, you’ll be evaluated by medical staff to take in your present health, addiction, intoxication, etc.

Plan for Stabilization

Once you’ve been evaluated, a plan will be developed to stabilize your health and essentially get sober. There are two ways you will get clean with detox – cold turkey or tapering.

  1. Cold turkey is quitting cold turkey, meaning you won’t be administered the drug and will simply detox during the detoxification process.
  2. Tapering is what’s used in cases of addictions that may have severe consequences if you quit cold turkey. In these instances, you’ll be weaned off the drug using the plan developed by the professionals at the centre.


Because you’ll be going through the process of ridding the substance you’re dependent on from your body, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. These can be quite painful. Luckily, a Winnipeg detox centre should be able to administer some drugs to alleviate at least some of this pain.


At a detox centre, you’ll be following certain rules, including what you’re allowed to bring, what you’re allowed to do while there, etc. It’s important you follow these rules to ensure you’re able to continue your detoxification journey.

Next Steps for Treatment

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Detoxification in all likelihood won’t be where your recovery treatment ends. The centre you’re at should have some ideas of what next steps for your treatment should look like. Some detox centres also have rehab centres or counselling services you can enroll in, for instance.

The benefits of detoxing at a professional centre

Benefit Description
Plan Created By a Professional Your detox treatment plan will be created by those qualified to do so that you can detox in a safe and pain-free way as possible.
Professional Supervision You will be monitored by healthcare and addiction professionals so if anything dangerous happens (like seizures, for instance), you can receive the proper medical attention to keep you safe.
Withdrawal Symptoms Can Be Controlled Through the planning, and supervision, but also through some medical drugs that can be used to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

How addiction counselling can help recovery

Addiction counselling can be an important part of addiction recovery. It is mentioned in nearly every section of the different types of treatment in our blog post Comprehensive Guide to Addiction and the Brain. This is because counselling can be crucial in identifying if there’s an underlying cause to your addiction, and what it is. It can also provide those struggling with dependency different coping methods for handling their addiction and recovery and avoiding relapse.

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There are a variety of different types of addiction counselling Winnipeg offers, including family counselling Winnipeg, group counselling in Winnipeg, or Winnipeg individual counselling, to name a few.

In a study by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction of those in recovery (done in 2017), 56.8% used counselling by someone who didn’t specialize in addiction, and 56.5% used counselling by someone who did. This in itself goes to show the significance of of addiction counselling in recovery.

Aftercare services at Winnipeg detox centres

After you have detoxed, you will likely need to enter an addiction treatment program of some sort. There are a variety of different avenues you can take, like those outlined in our blog post How to Stop an Addiction – Symptoms, Diagnosis, Solutions, (minus detox centers).

  • Drug & Alcohol Intervention
  • Rehab Center
  • Inpatient Care
  • Outpatient Care
  • Sober Living Homes

To learn about addiction treatment centres in other provinces, check out our blog posts:


Detox center prices

Prices can vary on detox centre Winnipeg offers depending on different factors like

  • Whether you have insurance coverage
  • How the center is funded
  • If you’re getting any other treatment at the center
  • How long you stay

And more.

According to Canada Drug Rehab, the average cost of detox in B.C. is between $1000-$1500.

Nearest Detox Centres to you

You can look at the Winnipeg detox centres, including ones close to you, here.

In Conclusion

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Detox can be an important first step in your addiction treatment plan. However, taking that step when surrounded by professionals who can make sure it happens in as safe a way as possible is crucial. So, we recommend going through the detox process at a designated facility.

If you’d like to speak to a professional and begin the first steps of your recovery, contact Andy Bhatti to talk about a recovery treatment plan, including detox, that works for you.

Other addiction services available in Canada include

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