What Types of Addictions Do You Treat?

GreeneStone Muskoka treats all forms of substance abuse, including drug and alcohol abuse, and most types of behavioral addictions.

What is Addiction?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines Addiction as:

“…a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”

Do you offer Detox?

Yes, in many cases there must be a period of abstinence from drug or alcohol use in order for treatment to begin. We provide medically supervised, safe, comfortable detoxification for alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, nicotine, caffeine and other substances. We have nurses on duty 24 hours a day and our physicians are able to provide medications to assist residents not only with detoxification, but also to help with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Why Abstinence?

For people with the disease of addiction, abstinence is preferred method of treatment. A person with brain chemistry that impairs his or her ability to control their impulses does not have the ability to stop drug or alcohol use. Abstinence of 90 days is typically prescribed to bring brain chemistry levels back to normal.

What Should I Bring to GreeneStone?

High Priority:

  • Photo ID – Driver’s License, Work or School ID
  • Health Card
  • Medical, Dental, Vision & Prescription Cards – BRING ALL CARDS
  • Prescribed medication – in original containers. (All medications will be turned over to medical staff for monitoring.)
  • Over-the-counter medications and supplements.
  • A list of all medications with dosages and frequencies preferably printed directly from your pharmacy.
  • A list of all treating physicians and psychiatrists, along with phone numbers

Note: Illegal Substances and the following medications are not permitted and will be destroyed: Tranquilizers, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, opiates, narcotics, stimulants, sleeping medication, hallucinogens, methadone, and anabolic steroids. 

Personal Items:

  • Appropriate and comfortable clothing for 1- 2 weeks (Laundry facilities are provided)
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate clothing for recreation, exercise, and yoga – sweats, sneakers, shorts, t-shirts, modest bathing suits
  • Raincoat/umbrella for inclement weather
  • Hat or baseball cap to wear on walks
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Toiletries – make-up, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, shaving articles, hairdryer, etc.
  • Money or access to debit/credit card for incidentals (will be stored in the safe)
  • Watch to ensure commitment to scheduled activities.
  • Water bottle
  • Travel coffee mug
  • Bathrobe
  • Pool towel
  • You may also bring family pictures, pens, pencils, journals, stamps, recovery or religious reading material. Light reading material must be appropriate in nature and content.

What Shouldn’t I Bring to GreeneStone?

  • Tobacco chew, cigars or pipes
  • Aerosol cans
  • Electronic gear –radios, TVs, video games, or cameras (nothing with an off and on switch.)
  • Pillows or comforters.
  • Food, candy or beverages
  • Sexual paraphernalia
  • Weapons of any kind – including pocket knives
  • Large sums of money, expensive jewelry, or valuable personal items that may be tempting for others to take.

Can I Receive Mail?

Yes, please have letters and parcels addressed to:
(Your Name)
C/O GreeneStone Muskoka
PO Box 660
3571 Muskoka Rd.,
Bala, ON
P0C 1A0

What is the Visitation Policy?

Visiting hours are on Saturday and Sundays. Residents are allowed visitors once they have been cleared by the treatment team. Visitors will check in at the gate and be given a visitor pass.

We ask visitors to leave all of their purses, bags, medications, nicotine products, sodas, food, snacks etc in their car. If packages for the residents are brought to the campus, our staff members will have to search the package before they will be released to the resident.

If in doubt about visiting or what to bring, ask the resident’s primary therapist.

Contact GreeneStone With Additional Questions

If you have additional questions about the residential drug and alcohol treatment program at GreeneStone Muskoka, please call 1-844-955-5501 or submit your question online.