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Can US Residents Attend Rehab in Canada?

By September 27, 2019 May 27th, 2021 No Comments
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Substance addiction rehab isn’t unique to Canada. Countries all over the globe have facilities to accommodate citizens who are struggling with addiction.

But just because you live in one country, it doesn’t mean you have only that country’s domestic rehab options to choose from. For example, a US citizen could decide to come to Canada for rehab if they so choose.

You might wonder why someone would decide to leave their country to attend rehab. In fact, there are several things an individual might find appealing about going international for addiction treatment.

Reasons to come to Canada for addiction rehab

The cost: If we’re looking specifically at an American citizen choosing to come to Canada for rehab, one consideration may be price. High-quality private rehab centres in Ontario aren’t cheap, so the current exchange rate may factor into the decision-making process.

More (and sometimes better) options: Another reason for US residents to come to Canada for rehab involves the quality of options. It’s not that the US lacks credible rehab facilities, but those living close to the border are in close proximity to some of Canada’s top options for addiction treatment. Given the savings earned from the exchange rate, choosing a well-renowned rehab centre two hours north of the border may seem more appealing than choosing an unknown entity two hours south, just because it happens to be in a person’s home state.

A more authentic escape: There’s also the consideration that the complete removal of oneself from one’s ordinary surroundings is a beneficial component of recovery. For some, the idea of entering a rehab facility 30 minutes from their home may lack the sense of solitude and escape they’re seeking. Leaving the country, on the other hand, means temporarily exiting your daily life, and being completely removed from your day-to-day surroundings.

Concerns about coming to Canada for drug rehab

In terms of standards, rehab centres in Canada are every bit as advanced as those south of the border. In either country, overall quality will vary from facility to facility, but there is no wholesale different by country. However, US residents may still have some concerns when coming to Canada for rehab.

Detoxing: Travelling a long distance, whether domestically or internationally, has one major drawback – it’s no fun detoxing while on a plane or road trip. It’s possible to participate in a medical detox before or after travelling to avoid this issue, but for particularly long trips, it may be difficult.

Insurance coverage: Depending on an individual’s insurance coverage, US residents may have to pay entirely out of pocket to visit a drug rehab facility in Canada. This, of course, doesn’t matter for people without insurance, who will have to pay full price wherever they go. But for some, going international could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Restrictions when coming to Canada

Travel from the United States to Toronto, Canada is relatively unrestricted, and the majority of rehab programs will conclude within a timeframe that negates the need for any type of visa. 

However, the border is not completely open, and some US residents will be prevented from entering the country. Most notably, a passport is required. 

US citizens with a criminal record may also be barred from entering Canada. This includes drug related crimes, which may be relevant to those seeking rehab for substance abuse. 

If you’re looking to come to Canada for addiction treatment, it’s advised that you speak about the requirements with the rehab facility of your choice before making a commitment. They will help walk you through all required documentation, and determine your eligibility for entering the country. 

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