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The Need for Effective Addiction Treatment in Norway
There is undoubtedly a dire need for effective rehab programs in Norway. The most commonly abused drugs in this part of the world include:
• Prescription drugs
Oslo and Bergen have some of the highest of heroin overdose in Europe. There are around 1,100 people addicted to heroin in Bergen and likely twice as many living in Oslo. Overall, there are at least 14,000 intravenous opiate users in Norway.
It is believed that up to one third of the adult population of Norway drink above the recommended level. The fact that alcohol is relatively expensive in this part of the world does not prevent many people from engaging in binge drinking – especially at the weekends. Binge drinking is the most dangerous pattern of alcohol consumption, and it leads to alcohol poisoning, reckless behavior, damage to mental and physical health, and alcoholism.
Addiction Help in Norway
There have been some interesting initiatives in Norway designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse on society. One new approach has been to sentence people addicted to drugs to rehab instead of prison. This approach may allow many individuals to escape the hell of substance abuse, but historically, forced attendance at rehab doesn’t work for a lot of people.
Some sources of addiction help and information in Norway include:
• Alcoholics Anonymous (Anonyme Alkoholikere)
• Narcotics Anonymous (NA Norge)
• Association for Alcohol and Drug Field in Norway
Limited Addiction Treatment Options in Norway
There is no one approach to addiction recovery that works for everyone. The problem is that alcohol or drug abuse tends to be combined with other issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and trauma. The best hope of recovery is when those of us caught up in addiction are offered the right resources – this means having access to the appropriate treatment program. This is why at Hope Rehab Thailand our program combines a number of evidence-based approaches including mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, 12 Step work, SMART Recovery, and wellness therapy.
Addiction Help for Expats in Norway
If you are an expat living in Norway, you may struggle to find suitable addiction treatment – especially if you do not speak fluent Norwegian. There are some 12 Step meetings available in English in the big cities like Oslo, but getting inpatient rehab treatment (which can give you the best chance of recovery from addiction) locally is going to be harder. If you are serious of breaking free of alcohol or drugs, and you realize you can’t go it alone, it may be worth looking beyond Norway for the help you need.
Hope Rehab Thailand as an Alternative to Rehabs in Norway
You may not be able to find the addiction help you need in Norway, and if this is the case, you should consider coming to Hope Rehab Thailand. We are a highly reputable treatment center, with a record of success, and our program is competitively priced (much cheaper than private rehabs in the west). Contact us now for a friendly chat about your needs and what we can offer.