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Alberta’s on crack!

Crack abuse has reached epidemic proportions in Alberta, and to top it all off, there are very few good, effective treatment centers to help manage the long demand of substance abusers seeking treatment.

I work as an intake counsellor for a private treatment centre in B.C. We get calls from all over the U.S. and Canada. Families looking to help their sons, daughters, moms, and dads get into treatment. Treatment that will not only give them clean time, but maybe, just maybe a fighting chance.

Most of the calls we get are for Crack, and Meth, but we do get calls for every addiction known to man.

WARNING! Fasten your seat belts, because you are about to be shocked.

Like I said, we get calls from all over the U.S. and Canada. And guess what? 42% of our call volume is coming out of Alberta. 42% folks!

Why? Bottom line is the oil money. I heard a statistic the other day that Alberta is now bigger than Texas when it comes to oil production. This is serious money folks.

So think about it. Oil rig workers, many of them in their early 20’s are getting pay checks between $10,000 and $20,000. They work long hours, weeks on end sometimes without a break, and then when they do get a few days off, what do they want to do? Blow their money!

And what’s the easiest way to blow money. That’s right, with Blow, Crack, Meth, Ecstacy, Mushrooms, Marijuana, and plenty of Booze. They get to live like rock stars for a few days and then get right back at it. Back on the lease, back working on the rig, back making 10K a month. And the cycle continues.

That’s until they hit rock bottom, and they do. When they hit rock bottom, they need treatment, and the only treatment that’s is readily available is the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, more commonly known as AADAC.

They get themselves on a waiting list, one that last 3 weeks before they can get a bed. Finally they get themselves into treatment, putter around a bit, spend some time in group therapy, maybe attend a meeting here or there, and 28 days later they think they are magically healed. What a joke!

Come on Alberta, wake up! Use this money wisely. Our Family members are killing themselves with death imbued cocktails of chemicals that do only one thing effectively, and that is kill them.

Alberta needs better treatment to treat the demand. If you get it right the first time, and actually heal these people, we can put them back into the work force and improve our economy with successful productive citizens. Not crack addicted Albertan’s.

Step up Alberta, spend the money, and put up proper treatment facilities, and do it now – before it’s too late!

Connor Allen, Certified Chemical Dependency Counsellor  

Crack Rehab Without Prescriptions


I’m no Doctor, but I do know one thing about crack cocaine, and that is it seriously affects brain chemistry. Period!

Have you ever monitored the patterns of a crack addict? I like to call it the roller-coaster form hell. The highest highs one week, and the lowest lows the next.

In my case, it was my brother. Allan was a great guy – very social, very active, great athlete. Everyone liked him, and his future looked bright. I really looked up to him growing up. It was hard not to. We both grew up in a great family. There was always milk in the fridge, parents at our soccer games, and Sunday night dinners with Grandma.

That was until crack came into the picture.

I remember the first day crack came into my life. I remember distinctly. I got a call on my cell phone. It was Allan, but it sure didn’t sound like him. He sounded very quiet – without life. He went on to tell me that he was being held hostage at gunpoint, unless he paid a dealer $300. I thought he was joking. This was no joke! Of course I went to help, and I gave him the money, but I will never forget the look in his eyes. He was gone. Allan, my brother was gone. Blank stare – no remorse.

That was 6 years ago. You might be wondering why I speak of him in the past-tense, and the reason is not the obvious. He’s not dead. Not physically anyways, but at this point in his life he was dead; emotionally, spiritually, and mentally – he was gone.

For years we put him in and out of drug rehab programs. No success! That’s when the roller coaster from hell began. He would just start to build himself back up again, and then Whamo! Right back at it – right back using crack. He would sell his belongings – things that he took great pride in. I saw him sell his life away, bit by bit – chipping away at his soul.  

I know he had no intention of using, and I know he was sincere when he said that he hated that crap, and it wasn’t a matter of will power, because he has more willpower than any guy I have ever known. So what is it? From all of the studying I did on this subject, and I did much of that. I should have stock in Google for how much time I spent online, searching for the cure to my brother’s illness. I made a discovery! I discovered that it all boils down to brain chemistry. We all have a natural equilibrium of mood altering chemicals in our brain. You may have heard of big words like dopamine, or serotonin. Maybe you’ve heard of endorphins, and or neural pathways. But what does it all mean? What does it mean to my brother? Someone who I love; who’s addicted to crack.  What I found out is that when you use crack, it skyrockets those levels way past normal, and then when he comes down or stops using, it falls well below the natural level, never fully coming back to normal. So guess what. The BRAIN CRAVES CRACK, PERIOD!

Unless you treat the cause of the problem, how can you expect to fix it?Doctors want to prescribe anti-depressents, and prescription drugs. Well in my opinion, most of these drugs are worse than the street drugs that they started with in the first place. I’ve witnessed this first hand. Talk about walking zombies.

So what’s the solution? How about a crack rehab. Yes, a crack rehab! One that actually treats the cause of the problem, one that rebalances brain chemistry – naturally. One that restores damaged liver enzymes, replenishes vitamins, minerals, oils, and amino acids.

I’m talking about a holistic approach, one that analyses neural pathways, and maps the brain – to figure out what’s going on, and then treating them with natural substances. Natural substances that correct these imbalances. Sound like science fiction?

Crack is an epidemic. An epidemic that has pulled itself out of the gutter, out of back alleys and into our homes. Into the homes of teachers, doctors, lawyers, and blue collar workers. It has pulled itself into the homes of families. Families that are loving, caring, and supportive.  

Crack shows no prejudice. Whether you’re black, white, or green, it doesn’t care. It will put YOU into the gutter. So what’s the good news?

There is a solution! I found one. I’m happy to report that Allan is doing much better now. Today he is clean and sober. He has a house, a yellow lab, a good wife, 2 kids, and a solid job. He hasn’t touched crack in 2 years. So what did he do the get better? He found a crack rehab – one that treated the cause of the problem. I REPEAT — ONE THAT TREATED THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM!

Remember, in your search for a treatment program, not all rehab treatments are created equal, and they are not all appropriate for every addiction. I’m not here to promote any specific treatment centre. This isn’t propaganda. I just wanted y’all to know that there is help, there is hope, and it doesn’t come in the form of a pill. May you find your help, hope, and happiness. The truth is out there! — Jay Taylor, Calgary Alberta          







crack pipeSo you finished rehab, you’re on top of the world, and next thing you know something happens – you’re in the middle of a relapse. Often, many addicts will say that; “It just happened!” and although it does happen very fast, that’s the farthest thing from the truth. Read More…

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Staph Infection found on 80% of Crack Pipes

Staph Infection found on 80% of Crack Pipes


If you don’t know what staph infection is – check out the definition here

Not only does this skid row drug suck dopamine from your brain, which is the juice that makes you feel happy, it can quickly turn you into a paranoid schizophrenic, dehydrate your body, and overall kill you. To top it all off – crack use is now linked to this nasty infection, just from touching it.Now it’s not just the crack that can kill you but just touching your lips to a crack-pipe has the potential to put your in the hospital.

You might want to think twice next time you think about using this nasty drug or sharing somone’s pipe. Yuck!


Drug Rehab and Alcohol Addiction Treatment – FAQ

If you have further questions or require immediate assistance locating an addiction treatment program or drug rehab center, call AddictionLink at 1-888-549-8819 or email us at [email protected]

What goes on in “drug rehab”?


  • An initial evaluation.
  • Drug Free Withdrawl. This is an all-natural approach that uses vitamins and minerals to flush the body.
  • The course-room is the next step which is comprised of drills and other practical steps that enable students to improve their ability to confront situations in life, to communicate and to resolve problems through communication.
  • Natural Detox. This step of the program removes drug residues and other toxic substances from the body naturally. These residues remain locked in fatty tissues of the body and can be released into the blood stream years after the person has stopped taking drugs.
  • The Communication & Perception part of treatment does a series of new exercises which fully extroverts the student and gets his attention off of himself and onto the environment. This greatly raises perception and ability to handle the environment and control over his life.
  • The next phase gives the student the ability to spot and handle those influences in his environment that would cause him to lose any gains he has made.
  • The program then teaches the student the eight survival dynamics, gives him valuable knowledge about personal ethics, honesty and integrity and shows him how to correct contra-survival behaviour by ridding himself of past harmful deeds.
  • Nearing the end of the treatment they then learn the exact step-by-step technology and formulas that he/she will need to apply and improve his life.
  • And lastly but definitely not least, the program teaches the student a non-sectarian moral code which is a guide to living a happy life – a code which they study to live their life by.

Why is it so hard to find a good rehab?

It all boils down to where to look. The main problem is that there are thousands of locations to choose from, all offering various programs.

Every philosophy believes that they are the number one cure for ever addiction, and this just not true. An assessment prior to treatment can fix this. Finding a program that matches an individuals specific needs is very important.

Bypass the sales pitch, and speak with our volunteer addiction consultants – they are unbiased, and have been through this process themselves. Many have been through more than one rehab, and they know first hand what works and what doesn’t.

Allow us to guide you through this challenging time in your life and match you up with a good program – one that works. 1-888-549-8819

What is all-natural rehab?

It’s very simple, all-natural rehab never replaces one drug with another. There are natural remedies to overcome addictions, however most of these remedies the medical and government community do not want you to know about it. Since profits are tied into keeping you sick and tied to your purchase of a new pill that will fix your problem then there is no benefit for them to promote these all-natural solutions. Unless you want to continue being an addict of the system – the all-natural method is the only treatment that will eliminate all drug use and cravings once and for all.

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Why go to “drug or alcohol rehab”?

Removal of denial or the inability to confront one’s life is a major hurdle for every person to overcome. In most cases, the drug addict or alcoholic tend to minimize their use and the consequences associated with it. They tend to block out or deny the negative impact drug or alcohol abuse is having on themselves and their family. While in drug or alcohol rehab, thru the use of various clinical techniques, students are assisted in confronting their lives and taking responsibility for their actions.

The initial goal to achieve while in rehab is abstinence. As long as drug or alcohol remain in the blood stream, a person’s thought process remains somewhat distorted. This process of gradual clearing may take weeks or even months as a person progresses through their detoxification process or “detox”. As a person’s system clears, so does their thought process.

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If you have further questions or require immediate assistance locating an addiction treatment program or drug rehab center, call Addiction Link at 1-888-549-8819 or email us at [email protected]

What is addiction treatment about?

Treatment can take many different forms, vary in length of time and take place in a variety of settings. For many, treatment is a long term process that involves multiple attempts to achieve recovery. No single drug or alcoholism treatment approach is appropriate for everyone, but most incorporate the following levels of care:

Detoxification and Medical Stabilization

Drugs stay in the body. We do not believe that one drug should be replaced by another. We only support all-natural rehab centres who’s main focus is to rid the human body of nasty drugs and toxins forever, cleansing their system and eliminating any future restimulation.

Is it brainwashing?

We wish it was that easy. Although it is easy to label something – it’s not so easy to eliminate this serious problem that has developed in an addict’s life.

Any bad habit is a form of conditioning, and any habit can be re-conditioned if, very importantly, one wishes to be re-conditioned.

There is no magic pill, no wave of the hand, and there are no hypnotic commands – only hard word with the right skills, drills, and formulas that have been developed to re-condition and eliminate a bad habit.

What if someone has been in drug rehab or alcoholism treatment before?

Addiction and alcoholism are chronic diseases which leave a person prone to relapse . As such, it is not unusual for a person to experience multiple treatment episodes prior to achieving long term recovery. Most individuals that experience long term recovery have relapsed at some point in their addiction recovery process and that relapse ends up being the springboard to the all-natural approach.

When relapse occurs and you are considering reentering treatment there are several questions you might want to ask yourself:


  • Is there a source of enabling that is sabotaging the person’s recovery?
  • Was a “true” recovery program ever in place?
  • Did the person follow their aftercare plan?
  • Is there a particular issue the person needs to resolve?
  • Is the drug or alochol rehab program the person is considering entering able to meet their special needs?

When these questions have been answered to the best of one’s ability, find an addiction treatment center that meets your needs and by all means, take action.

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What if the drug addict or alcoholic doesn’t feel they have a problem?

The inability to confront one’s own issues is certainly part of the recovery process and is to be expected. Addicts and alcoholics are rarely honest when it comes to describing their drug or alcohol use, especially when speaking with loved ones. Regardless of the person’s initial motivation, lack of willingness or lack of honesty, if they will go to treatment, take them. One of the primary responsibilities of the treatment team is to deal with patient resistance. There are not very many people who like change. If your friend or loved one calls you from treatment and wants to leave and is still minimizing their problem, do not take any type of action before speaking with the students intake consultant at the treatment center. Chances are they might just want to use drugs or alcohol again. For those people in complete denial and unwilling to access treatment, you might need to seek the services of a trained interventionist .

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If you have further questions or require immediate assistance locating an addiction treatment program or drug rehab center, call Addiction Link at 1-888-549-8819 .

Why can’t an alcoholic or drug addict just quit on their own?

Almost everyone who has suffered from drug addiction or alcoholism was under the belief that they would be able to either control or stop using drugs and alcohol on their own. They truly embraced the belief that things would never get out of control. Most attempts to stop or slow down result in a return to their drug of choice. Professionals associated with addiction medicine acknowledge that long term drug and alcohol use result in significant changes in brain chemistry. These changes may persist long after drug or alcohol use is discontinued. These changes in brain function may have behavioral consequences, including the compulsion to use drugs or alcohol despite adverse consequences. This is the defining characteristic of addiction. When you couple the aspect of craving and withdrawal symptoms with this concept, it is easy to understand why so many people find it difficult to recover without treatment.

If left untreated addiction can be fatal. The good news is that the Natural Rehab approach eliminates all drug cravings, and re-conditions bad habits so that all person is back in control of their life.

We do not believe that addiction is a disease, but it is a condition. A condition that can be fixed if properly treated.

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How is substance abuse, drug rehab or alcoholism treatment paid for?

It is our experience that most private health insurance plans do provide for substance abuse treatment. In most cases, an 800 number will be located on the reverse side of your card which you can call and receive benefit information. Please keep in mind, that although they will provide you with benefit information, it does not mean you can access all of those benefits. That depends upon the acuity of the patient, their progress while in treatment and the relationship the treatment center has with the particular carrier. After speaking with the insurance carrier, we urge you to have the treatment center verify the benefits and they will be able to tell you exactly what the personal responsibility is.

For those people without insurance or private funds, there are facilities which are funded by state and federal agencies. The fees for these facilities generally follow a sliding scale.

AddictionLink is available to assist you in understanding your healthcare benefits. Just call, 1-888-549-8819 or email us at [email protected] and we will walk you through what can be a very confusing and unsettling process.

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How can I locate a quality addiction treatment center?

While most addiction and alcohol treatment programs believe they are the best, the truth is one center can not be everything to everybody . Some people have special needs, others may have financial restrictions, while others still feel ill equipped to make such an important life altering decision. The best way to locate a quality treatment center is to speak to a professional in this field. You can call AddictionLink at 1-888-549-8819 for assistance, 24/7 or email us at [email protected]

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What percentage of graduates remain drug-free?

Research done through contact with graduates of the programs we refer addicts to shows that 7 out of 10 graduates remain drug-free after a 5-year period. This is a very high percentage; most conventional programs only boast a 15 to 20 percent recovery rate, if that. Our programs get results.

If you have further questions or require immediate assistance locating an addiction treatment program or drug rehab center, call AddictionLink at 1-888-549-8819

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How does AddictionLink differ from other rehab referral programs, including traditional 12 step programs?

AddictionLink makes referrals to programs that use their own unique form of cognitive therapy and physical purification. Through physical purification consisting of vitamins, exercise, and a flushing of the drug toxins, one is aided in coming completely off of drugs.

The rest of the program consists of a student learning how to regain control of their life and make amends for damages their addiction has caused themselves and others.

In most conventional drug treatment programs an addict is told that they are powerless over their addiction. We do not believe this is true.

These programs have shown overwhelming results for over 50 years. It proves that an addict can retake power over their life, and that there is a road out.

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How long should someone spend in a drug reghab or alcoholism treatment?

The length of time a person needs to spend in drug rehab or alcoholism treatment varies from person to person.

What we do know, is the longer a person spends in a supportive recovering environment, the better the chances are that they will maintain long term recovery .

Secondly, the longer a person spends in addiction treatment, the greater the likelihood they will receive all the benefits treatment has to offer and lastly, leave this decision up to the treatment team. They are not easily manipulated and will base their recommendation on what the student needs, rather than what the student wants.

AddictionLink provides you with long-term solutions that have no cut-off date. 6 week programs, 60 days, 90 days, all are a thing of the past, and if you are currently considering one – we suggest that you eliminate it from the list.

The purpose of rehab is results, and by allowing us to match you up with a facility, you will be sure to enter a program that holds no time limits. When the student is ready, we will know, and that is final.

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If you have further questions or require immediate assistance locating an addiction treatment program or drug rehab center, call AddictionLink at 1-888-549-8819 or email us at [email protected]

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Our promise to you is this. If you or a loved one is in need of help to recover from drug or alcohol addiction, never will you speak to a counsellor who hasn’t already been through this themselves.


Addiction Link is a group of volunteer counsellors – recovered from addiction, who all know what it takes to heal the wounds of dependency.


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Message from Addictionlink Editor, Ryan K. Bennett

drug recoveryFinding the right drug rehabilitation program might be one of the toughest decisions of your life. Saving a life is no small task and finding the right program is the first and most important step.

I personally battled with addictions for over 12 years, and quite frankly, when it came down to finding a treatment center – it was a challenging and frustrating process, but in the end I was lucky to end up with a solution that worked for me.

Sobriety gave me a new beginning fo clear thinking, and clean health so that I could inspire others to embrace hope, to not give up, and to truly believe that there is a way to heal. This does not need to be a life debilatating disease if you don’t let it. This is a condition, a horrible condition, but one that can be treated and healed. I am proof of that, and so is the thousands of clients that we have found help for.

There are incredible holistic treatment facilities all across North America that do in fact work – that do in fact have amazing success rates.

Eliminate the doubt and guess work in your search for an addictions program.

Allow my counsellors to assess your needs and guide you to a program with the best overall results suited to your needs, because if we can help you save a life – there’s no better reward ever – this I guarantee you!

May you find wealth in all area of your life — Ryan K. Bennett

Maryland – Rehab Directory

Maryland – Rehab Directory

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Maryland Rehab Programs – Call List

Willis Hudson Center 410-742-9937
Phoenix Recovery 410-897-4532
Tuerk House 410-233-0684
Nilsson House 410-323-5328
Samaritan House 410-269-5605
Gaudenzia at Park Heights 410-627-6461
Gaudenzia 443-423-1500
Weisman Kaplan House 410-467-5291
Drugensic 301-982-6400
Meadow Mountain 301-895-5669
Father Martin.s 800-799-4673
ICF 410-902-0448
Hudson Health 410-219-9000
Shoemaker 410-876-1990
Teen Challenge of Baltimore – 10 (410) 234-9022
Teen Challenge – Capito (301) 350-6373
Teen Challenge 301-617-4956