Addictions treatment winnipeg

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At Executive Medical Solutions we believe that addiction is a disease.

Here at Executive Medical Solutions (EMS), addiction treatment prioritizes your unique circumstances. Moreover, we offer scientifically-driven and client-centred programs that are tailored to your biopsychosocial circumstances. As well, it is important to discover the source of sickness, while at the same time, build skills to live in our world substance-free. EMS strives to be the most effective and sustainable addiction treatment Winnipeg and Manitoba has to offer.

Executive Medical Solutions is located on Treaty 1 Territory. This is the traditional home of The Anishinaabe and The Swampy Cree, and homeland of the Métis Nation.

Winnipeg Addictions Treatment

We believe that the goal of recovery can be accomplished through education, individual interviews and/or group-formatted sessions. We will help you create a healthy environment in which to heal. Also, our client-centered, individualized treatment recognizes your unique experience. More importantly, we want to share our toolbox of resources and supports with you, all while we join you on your journey to health and happiness. 

Addictions treatment can come in many different forms. Overall, most patients need long-term care to meet their goals in terms of managing their substance use. Our treatment plans range from 3 months to one year with additional recovery management available as well. 

As you or a loved one begin the journey to recovery, we understand that it can be stressful. This important decision to move forward with substance management can bring up anxiety, other emotions and new challenges. The good news is we want to work with you on facing addiction, by building on skills you already have and developing new ones to help manage your substance use.  

We also know that your recovery can feel like a lonely experience. Your family and supports are essential to your recovery. However, they may be suffering along with you and need support as well. We strive to engage your supports in our process. 

Addictions Treatment Winnipeg: A Client-Centred Approach

Our personalized treatment programs are specific to your life and journey to recovery and wellness. At EMS we believe that individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction not only need to change their habits of use but to also change the way they function and succeed in their everyday lives. 

We need to manage our lives differently and, in order to do this effectively, a plan is needed. 

Based on our client centred approach we encourage those clients who feel they can, to remain at work, while getting well and offer different strategies to meet this goal. 

We know that in many rehab settings the comfort and supports do not follow you home, which is where you will eventually go back to after recovering. 

When you are separated from your substance(s), the people you use with, and the environment(s) you use in, you may see coming home to be harder than the recovery itself. However, at Executive Medical Solution, if you feel safe in your environment, we offer medical and personal support for in-home detox and recovery. 

Recovering from substance use/abuse is not an event, but rather a journey. 

Outpatient Treatment Philosophy

In Winnipeg, at Executive Medical Solutions addiction recovery does not mean abstinence. While some find abstaining to be a useful tactic, for others, a harm reduction model of substance use can be more effective.  

The abstinence-based approach is rooted around those prone to relapse, whose addictive behavior is harmful, or during certain stages in the recovery process. Whereas, the harm reduction approach considers using moderation and management to reduce harmful consequences like medical complications and financial, legal or relationship consequences. 

The end goal still surrounds four core principles. These are creating and sustaining motivation, managing urges to use, controlling thoughts, emotions, and actions, and Living a well-rounded life. 

Recovery isn’t about one big change but rather it’s about many little modifications. You don’t have to change everything in your life, but the more you try to hold on to your old way of living, the less well you will likely do. 


“Recovery requires inner strength, a spiritual awakening, and sustained commitment and discipline. In addition, beating the disease of addiction requires outside support. The team at Executive Medical Solutions has shown me that I do have the power when it comes to abstinence from drugs and alcohol. They have shown me that I am not alone on the journey and that there is the possibility of a better life.”

EMS Winnipeg Patient

“Watching anyone struggle with addiction is incredibly painful; for a parent watching a child even more so. The EMS team has worked with all our family supporting us all through our sons recovery. The combination of excellent mental health and addiction care, a comprehensive program of goal setting and life skills makes EMS easy to highly recommend.”

Parent of EMS Winnipeg Patient

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a condition in which a person develops a pattern of using drugs, alcohol or maladaptive coping habits. This occurs at an increasing dose and/or rate.  Still despite negative consequences and regardless of knowledge on negative physical and psychological side effects. 

We work with any addiction including alcohol, marijuana, opioids, prescription medication, stimulants, gambling, food, shopping, smoking and any other habitual coping behaviors. 

At EMS, we have the solutions for both psychological and physical dependence. If any of this describes you, you have found yourself in the right place.

The experience of addiction is not something to be ashamed about…

Addictions Treatment Winnipeg

Physical Dependence 

Dopamine is a neurochemical in the brain that helps to maintain the survival of our species. Dopamine is released when we eat and when we have sex. This is designed to ensure that we continue to do these things in order for humans to procreate and advance. However, it turns out that dopamine is also released when we use drugs or alcohol. These increases are so heightened that is messes with our natural levels.  

For example, if we eat our favorite food or engage in a pleasurable activity, our dopamine levels may go from 1 to 2. With these levels, we feel secure and satisfied. Crack or Methamphetamine is thought to go as high as 12. Consequently, when we introduce a substance or drug into the brain the dopamine levels shoot up. Our brains are not designed to work at this high capacity of processing dopamine.   

The dopamine factories shut down because the brain senses there is way too much dopamine being made. As a direct result your natural dopamine levels drop, and over time can become extremely low. The next time you use a substance you will find that you need more to get the same pleasurable result. This is what once felt like a 12, now begins to feel like a 10, and then an 8, and then a 2 and then a 0.

The good news is your recovery is possible and we want to provide you with the best plan, personalized for you, based on medical, pharmacological, and psychological best practices in addiction recovery.

Psychological Dependence

Fundamental to human wiring, are basic needs/drives. Psychologically, if these needs are not met, then we will, based on our instincts for survival, strive to find solutions to what feels like emptiness or a missing piece. Feeling content, complete or satisfied comes from:  

1) Pleasure, or absence of pain
2) Food and water
3) Sex and procreation
4) Love and acceptance
5) Relationshipsintimacy, and connection
6) security, fairness, and trust
7) Purpose and value
8) Rest and peace
9) Beauty 
10) Excitement or wow factors
11) Spiritual connection
12) Feeling content, whole and satisfied 

Having these needs met is vital. Individuals seeking to fulfil one or many needs will come up with substitute solutions if they can’t find sustainable ones. Your brain will look upon the substitute as a means of survival. Things that were once pleasurable, like eating and sex, start to feel dull and eventually, not important at all.  These solutions, while they may suffice for a time, are not exactly what is needed, and the likely result is the solution itself turning into a problem.  

The good news is, you can build skills for a sustainable recovery and we want to help you accomplish this. Through recovery, you will learn how to meet these needs in a healthy way which ultimately eliminates the need to use substances in your life. 

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If you’re interested in starting our program, please contact us and a meeting will be organized immediately for an entry interview. During this session, an intake counsellor will gather all the information required to facilitate a safe and healthy beginning to the recovery process. 

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