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Methadone: What Does it Do to the Body?

Posted on :  January 21st, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

At Towards Recovery Clinics, we work with heroin and opioid addicts by helping them fight their addictions. Our comprehensive program puts addicts in the care of physicians, nurses, and therapists who specialize in helping patients fight their addictions. Our goal is to help former addicts recover successfully so they can integrate themselves back into society.

We understand how addictive opioids are, so we work with our patients in the best way possible for their situations. One of the treatments we use is methadone, which is an analgesic opiate medication. The term “analgesic” means that the drug will stop the sensation of pain.

Since opioids do this to the body, once a heroin or other opioid addict stops taking their drug of choice, pain becomes commonplace in the body. We often prescribe methadone because it stops the symptoms that come from withdrawing from a heroin addiction. Since the pain of withdrawal goes away with methadone, users no longer feel the need to take heroin.

Like all drugs, prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal, there are side-effects that can occur. Methadone has been found to be more beneficial for opioid addicts than not, so the side effects tend to be accepted. However, it is always a good idea to know what can happen when methadone enters the body.

When Methadone Enters the Body

The first thing that methadone does is relax the body. It also can make the user feel high, since methadone is an opioid, too. It is possible to abuse it, but not if patients follow our prescription for use. Those who abuse it usually buy it off of the street and take it without regulation. Patients usually have to come to use to get their daily dosage, because it is too easy for addicts to abuse the drug.

Most of the negative side effects happen to people who take methadone illegally. Those who take it under the watchful eye of healthcare providers like those at Towards Recovery Clinics usually do not experience these side effects. We believe it is a good idea for our patients to know what can happen if they begin to abuse a drug like methadone instead of using it as prescribed.

Methadone Side Effects

The worst side effects of methadone include coma and death. These only come with overdoses, which our health care providers help our patients avoid. But, if patients do decide to look for methadone elsewhere, there is the potential of these horrible events.

Opioids have been found to create some discomfort in the digestive system. Constipation and difficulty urinating can be challenges that come with methadone use. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to remedy the problem.

Because methadone is an opioid, there are some problems that can arise in the autonomous nervous system. Some people will experience low blood pressure, respiratory depression, excessive sweating, and sleep irregularities. This tends to happen due to the calming effects that come from opioid use. If these side effects occur, it is important to tell us so we can adjust the dosage.

There are also side effects that can be a nuisance to recovering addicts. They include troubles like nausea and vomiting, skin problems, headaches, and sexual dysfunction. Some recovering users will also complain of weight gain. Again, it is important that you tell us so we can help manage these side effects by adjusting dosages or other methods.

Buying methadone on the street is not a healthy way to recover from a heroin addiction. The dosage can be more concentrated and can cause comas or death, usually from the autonomous nervous system slowing too much. If these large doses are continually taken, damage can be done to the heart and brain, as well as the lungs and other vital organs. These problems cannot be fixed.

If you have any questions or concerns about methadone as a tool for recovery, or if you are worried about a methadone addiction, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Global Issues in Drugs and Addiction

Posted on :  January 18th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

The United Nations meets on a regular basis to discuss issues that are occurring around the world. Due to the global problems surrounding narcotics, crime, and addiction, the global organization developed a Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The commission created resolutions to address the problems that are occurring all over the world regarding drugs and the necessary treatments.

One of the first things the commission decided was the prison does not curb the problem. Instead of punishing people for the debilitation effects of addictive substances, health departments around the world need to look at humanitarian ways to address the problem. Prevention is more helpful that penalization, especially when dealing with diseases of the brain, which is what addiction really is. National health departments need to recognize this and develop ways to help people avoid addictive substances in the first place.

The commission also realized that it is vital to reduce the supply and demand for illicit drugs. The problem with buying and selling drugs also involves money laundering, so this is another issue that the commission discussed. The commission recognized that the market for cocaine has shrunk because nations cooperate with each other to reduce the cross-border sales. The same cooperation needs to happen in the opium trade. Unfortunately, poppy farming has grown and there are several new substances that have been created. These synthetic substances have grown in popularity with both buyers and sellers.

The key to success for reducing addiction to narcotics like heroin and prescription medications is designing solutions that involve compassion for the addicts. If the problem is not solved, societal problems that cause harm to individuals who are both taking drugs and not taking drugs will continue to increase. Being compassionate sounds like a great way to handle the problem, but will it really be carried out by nations both in and out of the United Nations. Society as a whole needs to deal with this problem, especially since the infrastructure of the drug trade crosses so many borders. When countries load their prisons with criminals who are addicted to drugs wastes dollars and time that could be spent on true criminals, no country has solved its drug problem by incarcerating addicts. Instead, countries should work with clinics and health departments to find healthy ways to manage the problem and eventually put an end to it. When the United Nations can create a realistic solution, the drug problem that has spread all over the world could be contained.

One of the best ways to curb addiction is to make it easier for addicts to access addiction treatment, like the kind of treatment offered by Towards Recovery Clinics. The compassionate and effective methadone clinic helps addicts fight their addictions and return to a healthy lifestyle free of opioid addictions. The United Nations needs to work with the second and third world nations that grow and process the opioids so they discontinue selling them to their people and to those in the first world nations. When countries, all over the world work together to improve the lives of the majority of the population, then opioid addiction can end. Illegal drug trade must be contained and addicts need to be treated kindly to help them recover successfully rather than shunning them from society.

Communities that rely on the drug trade to make money should be encouraged to grow other crops. Instead of feeding addiction, those communities could help feed people. They could help reach the United Nations’ goal of obliterating hunger and poverty instead of growing crops that create addiction and crime all over the world. The slight shift in farming could change the way the world works.


Growing Addictions in Medical Personnel

Posted on :  January 8th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

The healthcare industry has one unfortunate trend occurring today: men and women working in healthcare have a growing addiction to narcotics. The general public might think that healthcare workers are immune from addictions, but in fact, they are just as susceptible to these problems as people in all other industries. And, compared to some other industries, healthcare workers are more likely to develop addictions.

Stress in the Workplace

Working in health care is extremely stressful, so employees escape into the world of drugs. Nurses, especially, have dealt with more negative changes in the workplace than most other segments of the healthcare industry. Since nurses have to treat numerous patients in a short amount of time with less assistance. They cannot prescribe medications, but they have to make sure their patients have the right medication at the right time.

Nurses become the main contact for patients because they are efficient and they cost less than doctors do. This increases their stress and can lead them to addictive substances to calm the stress.

Finding Escape in Drugs

Once health-care workers, like nurses, recognize that they need an escape, they realize that they have access to an easy remedy. Narcotics are easily accessed by nurses in hospitals and doctor’s offices. With the unusual and long hours, many nurses turn to prescription drugs as a way to help relax and fall asleep. After a while, those drugs are not enough, so they turn to stronger options.

Quick Fix that Does Not Last

Health care workers understand that drugs can quickly fix a situation, even though the fix is short-lived. When nurses turn to drugs to calm themselves, this can affect the entire healthcare industry. Employers that have easy access to narcotics should be alert to the stress levels of their employees.

Managing the Emotional Pain

Another reason that health care workers turn to drugs is to calm the emotions that come with the career. Health care workers have to work with people who are suffering from diseases and death. This can take its toll on nurses and those who develop connections with their patients. When they lose their patients, it is challenging for nurses and healthcare workers to handle the losses. Drugs will dull the pain.

Availability and Maintenance

Lastly, the availability of drugs and the types of drugs contributes to the abuse by healthcare professionals. Nurses tend to use narcotics that bring sedation and relaxation. Then, pain relievers and stimulants are used to negate the effects of the sedatives. When these drugs are paired with the emotional stress of the job, healthcare workers develop dependency rather quickly.

Genetic Predisposition

Addiction happens even quicker for employees who have addition in their families. The same goes for people who have addictive tendencies. Healthcare workers need to be aware of their health history and their family histories with addiction.

Caring for Employees to Prevent Addiction

In order to slow the trend of health care workers abusing drugs, states have gotten involved. The licensing boards have started to work with healthcare providers to address this concern and help employers work with their employees. Hospitals and doctor’s offices want to maintain their employees and not have frequent turnovers.

In order to do this, they need to be sure their nurses are not overworked and that they have healthy resources to help them with relieving stress and with relaxing. They also need to learn how to manage their emotional connections to patients, especially those with terminal illnesses.

Prevention and education might not solve all of the problems with healthcare workers and addictions, but the problem needs to be dealt with to keep the medical industry properly functioning.


The Importance of Naloxone Kits in Communities

Posted on :  December 1st, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

In the world of opioid addiction, naloxone is a miracle. This relatively new medication works quickly as an antidote to opiates. When someone takes an opioid like heroin, morphine, oxycodone, or methadone, their breathing can slow and they can be difficult to awaken from this drugged state. Naloxone (known by the trademarked name Narcan) reverses the overdose by blocking the opioids. It is not possible to get high off of naloxone because it is designed to only work on people who have taken opioids. Without opioids in the body, the drug does not have anything to affect.

The medication is easy to administer. There are two methods. One is similar to that of an epinephrine shot, where it is injected into the thigh muscle or arm or buttocks. It can also be given in a spray form through the nose. The injected version is more common. It only takes about five minutes for the drug to work, but some people do require a follow-up dose if the first one does not help with the overdose.

Everyone would agree that heroin addictions are dangerous to people and their communities. Fortunately, those communities are working to help their people by purchasing dosages of naloxone to use when residents get high and overdose on opioids. In the United States, individual states and counties are adding these dosages to their sheriffs’ offices and first responders’ kits. Not only are the stocking the medication, but they are training people to provide treatment and intervention in campaigns to create awareness and equip the necessary personnel to recognize opioid abuse and fight it. Many of the awareness campaigns are headed by local government mental health offices and public safety offices.

It is common for communities to have more than 100 Narcan kits to use when first responders are directed to locations where people are overdosing. The kits provide a dosage of Narcan as well as information to help the addicts start working toward recovery. Some communities are getting the intramuscular injectable dosages and other are requesting the nasal spray. Public safety officers usually prefer the nasal spray because it is easier to administer when compared to giving the injection. The information in the kits include cards with contact information and locations where addicts can go for treatment.

Many communities in the United States have had difficulty getting these kits in their possessions. They have to get permission from their state or local legislation, depending on the laws for dispensing prescription medication. Once legislation approves the laws, the communities have immediately stocked their shelves. One community in Michigan has already saved nearly 20 lives through the Narcan kits.

It is important for communities that are adding naloxone kits to their public safety vehicles and offices to understand how to use the kits. Training usually involves instruction on using the injector or the spray. It also involves a layman’s understand of the brain and how neurobiology makes people crave opioids once they begin taking them. Naloxone can help with overdoses due to hard drugs like heroin and with prescription medications that have increased overdoses in communities all over North America. Training also helps public safety officers about the way that heroin and opioid addiction is treated and how society views addicts. This is designed to help more people understand how important it is to get help to fight the addiction.

The numbers do not lie. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States believes that over 100 people in the United States die from opioid overdoses. This is a scary fact that needs to be reversed. With communities organization action with the naloxone kits, lives will be saved and treatment can begin.


Breath Testing: Immediate Results Deliver Knowledge

Posted on :  August 26th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Testing for drugs just got easier. Move over urine samples and blood tests, now all that is needed is breath.

Moving Away from Urine and Blood Tests

For years, the test of choice for drugs or alcohol has been the urine test. This invasive test is not always reliable. There are several ways for users to get around the test, by purchasing clean urine and by loading samples with other substances and medications. Since the sample has to be obtained with a witness, many people find that it is an invasion of privacy to ask for a urine sample. The samples can also be mishandled and contaminated. Time is overdue for a new, more efficient way to test for drugs.

Detecting Tiny Particles in the Moisture of the Exhalation

The new approach is through a breath test. The process is called liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. It is a very sensitive method that works by capturing the particles in an exhalation. The device filters the exhalation for drugs and can find everything from cocaine and marijuana to amphetamines and methamphetamines. With a quick turn-around time, this testing method will be useful for law enforcement officers who need to know right away if a perpetrator is under the influence of dangerous and illegal narcotics. When drivers are pulled over the driving infractions, police can use this breath test to immediately tell if the driver is a safety hazard.

Providing Immediate Feedback for Decision Makers

Along with law enforcement officers, employers will also benefit from immediate knowledge about drug abuse. Some employers use random drug testing to insure that their employees are sober at work. Professional and amateur athletic teams will also be able to tell if their athletes are high before they venture onto the field. Employees who work in emergency rooms will also be able to make better decisions for patient care based on the results of these fast tests, too. School officials can also use the test to see if students are under the influence and they can make quick decisions about suspensions. The breath test can also tell medical personnel if a patient is their prescribed medications; taking medications is a problem for people with some psychological disorders.

Preventing Safety Hazards at the Work Place

Testing for illegal drugs and knowing immediate results is important for several reasons. One of the most important is that many drug users are employed. Of those drug users, many of them actually go to work high, which creates a major safety hazard for themselves and for the people who work with them. Employers who can immediately test employees will be able to cut down on workplace accidents, productivity loss, and medical expenses.

Saving Money with the New Breath Test

When looking at the numbers relating to employees who are drug users, some estimate the close to 45,000 people come to work high annually. This is a big number and it can be costly. Because of the expenses involved in loss of productivity and costs of accidents, it is a good idea for employers to randomly test their employees for drug use. About 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies test their employees for drug use both randomly and regularly.

Employee Hiring and Retention Numbers will Change

Employees who use drugs and have to be fired cost employers. Hiring and training new, replacement employees is expensive. Because of this growing expense, many employers are performing drug tests prior to employment. Around 70 percent of large employers do this. With the old blood tests and urine tests, lab expenses and medical expenses are high for employers. This new breath test makes drug testing affordable for all employers and it removes the wait time completely.

If you or someone you know need any treatment, contact us at our head office at 905-527-2042 to get the best addiction treatment.


Rock Bottom: What Is It?

Posted on :  July 31st, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Many addicts talk about reaching rock bottom before they sought help from family, friends, or treatment centers. When referring to hitting rock bottom, most addicts are talking about reaching an all-time low. But, if you were to talk to addicts, the “rock bottom” moments are as unique as they are. If you or someone you love is experiencing a drug addiction, you might not want to wait until rock bottom is reached, but it is a good idea to know what you might need to recognize some day.

Users do not look for rock bottom when they become addicts. They are actually looking for the ultimate high. Some people hit rock bottom when they recognize that the metaphoric hole they are in is so deep that cannot get out without help. Others realize that they have lost everything that was once meaningful to them, like their loved ones and their careers. There are other addicts who find themselves waking up in places they do not recognize in situations they do not remember. Some might feel suicidal when they reach the lowest of the low. When you are trying to recognize rock bottom, here are some clues to help you see it clearly:

  1. Have you had more than you can handle. Addicts who have self-proclaimed rock bottom moments recognize that they cannot take anymore. They have exhausted their resources and stretched limits, which has left them nothing but constant suffering. It some cases, people have overstretched their limits so much that they lose their homes because they spend every penny on drugs. Others might find themselves completely alone because their friends and family have had more than they can take, too. The idea of “that’s enough” is a sign that rock bottom is nearby or you have already reached it. When you recognize that you have had more that you handle, it is time to decide if you want to start reaching towards life and away from death.
  2. Weigh the pros and cons. After recognizing that you have reached your limits, it is time to self evaluate. You will need to decide whether or not you really want to become sober and what you need to get the job done. The road to recovery is long and bumpy, so it is important to know the pros and cons of setting foot on it. Seeing the pros and cons in print can help you make a wise decision, especially because you will see the damage that you are doing due to the addiction. Most addicts are able to rationalize their drug use, but with a solid list of reality to guide you, those rationalizations become moot points. You might even find that you are unable to craft any pros about drug use.
  3. How have you benefited from your drug use? This question might seem like a ridiculous question to a sober person, but people who are addicted to drugs often think that drug use helps them in numerous ways. Most people who try to change the behavior of an addict will look at why drugs are bad, but this just frustrates an addict, who does not want to hear it. All they want is the next fix, because that is all their brains are hoping for, so real logic does make it through the pain and desire. When rock bottom is near, it is a good idea to ask what drug use has done for you? Are you helping anyone? Are you making a difference? Are you adding to society? Are you learning anything about the world or yourself? Are you making friends and meeting good people? By trying to answer those questions, drug addicts might begin to see the outcomes of their addiction. It can be difficult to see beyond the next high and so many addicts have disappointed themselves by giving up on their positive goals that they once had before the drugs took over their lives.

If you need any treatment or want to know more about methadone treatment or other optional treatments, contact Towards Recovery Clinics at 905-527-2042.


Heroin Epidemic: Changing Demographics

Posted on :  July 27th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

The stereotypical heroin addict image is very different from what the average heroin junkie looks like today. Many people imagine a person who is too thin with sunken eyes, dirty hair, and poor. Now, the typical heroin addict no longer steals and no longer survives day-by-day living on the streets with other addicts. The junkie of today generally developed a heroin addiction from prescription pain medications. When they were no longer able to get pain medication, they turned to heroin. Instead of being poor and living on the streets, today’s addict could be a man or woman and usually is educated with a well-paying job in a professional field.

Most addicts find that their problem began in their early 20s. They once had a prescription to a pain medication for a variety of reasons, like car accidents, surgery recovery, or sports-related accidents. Most of the people who are now addicted to opioids lived (and might still live) in comfortable suburbs and they usually had good health insurance, which helped them afford the expensive prescriptions.

There are several opioid pills that are approved for medical prescriptions and they work so well because they bind to receptors in the human brain. Eventually, those receptors want more because they build up a tolerance to the opioid. When the drug works, the user might feel sleepy, a bit nauseous, and they also feel euphoria. After a while, it becomes difficult for users to get the same feeling. Usually, at this point, the prescription is no longer valid and the physician will not write another one. So, users need to find another way to get the high they once go. This is where heroin enters the picture.

The price of heroin makes it easy to afford. The drug is also rather easy to find. When an addict needs to find a pain pill, they could spend more than $30.00, especially if they no longer had a prescription. Most pills cost at least $1 per milligram and many pills are 30 or 60 milligrams. Heroin usually costs much less than a single pain pill, and the quality of the drug has improved over the rough version that was used in the 1960s and 1970s. Heroin shoppers usually spend between $10 and $30 for a single use, which is half the price (or less) than the cost of one prescription pain pill – that does not do much for the opioid addict.

The largest consumer of pain medications is the people of the United States. This means that the United States also has the most deaths caused by overdose from opioids. Some say that one person dies from an opioid-related death every 20 minutes in the United States. These numbers have increased dramatically in just 10 years. While the addiction numbers in Canada are not as dramatic as those in the United States, the numbers are staggering and the trends follow what is happening across the border.

Professionals who work in the opioid addiction treatment specially continue to see increasing admissions rates in their facilities. The people who are looking for treatment help need it for heroin and for their prescription medications. Some states have seen increases over at least one full percent over the course of one year; that may not sound like much, but when talking about states with millions of residents, one percent is significant. There have been reports of heroin trafficking charges increasing by over 100 percent over the course of one year in some of the states that border Canada. Those who claim to be addicted to heroin have risen over 200 percent in ten years.

The heroin that comes through the United States and into Canada originates in Mexico. Farmers in Mexico have realized that they can make more money selling heroin instead of marijuana, so they now grow poppies. The drug cartels pay well because they know that it is more dangerous to transport heroin tar, but they still put people at risk because there are so many people who want the drug to the north.

If you or someone you know need any treatment, contact us at our head office at 905-527-2042 to get the best addiction treatment.


What Makes a Good Counselor

Posted on :  July 16th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Shopping for a good counselor for an opioid treatment facility is easier than most people think. There are several qualities that can be vetted during preliminary interviews, so the good candidates will stand out significantly from the poor ones. Whether you are looking to hire a top counselor for a treatment center or you are looking for a counselor for your own addiction or a loved one’s addiction, the desirable qualities are all the same.

Believing in the Treatment

The best counselors at treatment centers are the ones who actually believe that methadone works. When counselors show any sign of reluctance in appropriately prescribing methadone (at a methadone clinic), patients can suffer and so can the reputation of the clinic itself. Most methadone clinics will not employ counselors who do not recognize the power of methadone treatments.

Experience and Kindness Make a Big Difference

Patients often enjoy having a counselor with experience, either personal or with a loved one, regarding addiction and treatment. When a counselor has battled addiction, he or she can offer person lessons to patients. However, counselors also need to have the right education and training to work with real patients suffering from their own real addictions. Personal experience does not offer the same treatment counseling that proper training does.

Build Appropriate Relationships with Warmth

One of the most important traits of a good counselor is being able to build a relationship with patients. The best counselors are not judgmental and they are also warm and kind. They listen and show compassion. It should not matter if a counselor has personal experience as an addict, because compassion can be shown by everyone in the business.

Professional Competencies and Technical Knowledge

According to the publications for counselors who work with men and women who suffer from substance abuse, there are specific competencies and technical skills that counselors should have. Most importantly, they should know addiction. They should be aware of the physical and mental effects of drugs. They should also know all about the different types of treatment options and why they work and do not work. Counselors also need to understand how to best help each patient based on his or her unique needs.

Courteous and Professional Behavior Goes a Long Way

When someone decides to become a counselor and work in a methadone clinic, that counselor needs to be able to behave in a professional manner. It is important to appear as a capable person and to always be courteous. It is important to treat each patient with respect and not use language that makes them seem less than human. It is also important to have appropriate boundaries with their patients, without being too aloof or too close to their patients. Each counselor needs to behave ethically and continue professional development to stay involved in the newest ideas in the profession.

Reducing Turnover for Patients

The best clinics will recruit and hire top counselors and they keep those counselors for long periods of time. Patients appreciate having their favorite counselors during their entire treatment time frame. No one wants to be forced to switch counselors because their favorite counselor left. Every employer knows that turnover can be detrimental to the success of any organization, especially when an organization works with people. Top clinics will pay their counselors well and provide them with worthwhile benefits, too.

Working Together to Help Patients Succeed

Another important aspect of any methadone clinic is the medical staff. While the counseling staff is vital with their one-on-one work with patients, the medical staff is important because of their knowledge of prescription medications. Nurses and doctors need to be properly certified and they need to continue their education, too. It is important that the counselors and the medical staff communicate well with each other to provide the best support for their patients.

Towards Recovery Clinic can be reached by phone at 905-527-2042.


No Methadone for You

Posted on :  July 10th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Methadone is an important factor in the success rates of people fighting opioid addiction. At Towards Recovery Clinics, we understand how vital a treatment program is for our patients. But, we also understand that not every addict will benefit from a methadone treatment program. Before we prescribe any program, we assess each patient’s needs and addictions. There are certain reasons why we would not prescribe methadone.

Methadone Only Fights Opioid Addictions

The first reason we would not prescribe methadone is because a patient has an addiction to something other than opioids. Unfortunately, would-be patients with addictions to other substances, like cocaine, come to us thinking that methadone will help them when it will not at all. There is no reason to give methadone to someone who is not addicted to opioids, like heroin; so, we do not.

Physical and Psychological Dependence are Required

Another reason we would not prescribe methadone is because the patient might have a physical dependence, but not a psychological one. Patients might take opioid pain medication, but they take it as directed. When there is no sign of abuse, there is no real need for a methadone treatment plan. These plans have strict regulations and can only be prescribed to people who have psychological disorders, like obsessions and compulsions or being unable to function without their drugs. Methadone cannot be prescribed like pain medication, because that is not the purpose of the drug. Interestingly, opioid addicts who do take methadone find that their pain problems tend to be reduced.

There is a Time Requirement

Since methadone is addicting, it is only prescribed to patients who have had their opioid addictions for over 12 months. This is a government regulation and cannot be avoided. There are other options for addicts with addicts who have had problems for less than one year, like buprenorphine, because it is not as addicting as methadone is.

Inpatient Programs Take Precedence

If an addict can fight the addiction in an inpatient treatment facility, we will recommend that over methadone treatment plans. In many cases, this recommendation is given to people who can afford to spend a significant amount of time in a treatment facility, especially since it can be rather expensive. Some people think this is controversial, because of the success rate of methadone treatment plans; but inpatient treatment programs do not cause new addictions like methadone does.

No Other Addictions Allowed

When opioid addicts have other addictions, to substances like alcohol or sedatives, methadone can be deadly. Addicts with multiple addictions should detox before they begin any methadone treatment program simply because mixing methadone with other addictive substances can cause death.

Mental Illness Needs to Be Treated

Patients with serious mental illnesses should also avoid being placed on methadone treatment programs. We do not prescribe methadone to patients with suicidal tendencies. We also do not prescribe it to patients with psychosis and hallucinatory issues. When patients are out of touch with reality, methadone treatments can only create more problems because they do not follow program instructions.

Appropriate Behavior is Necessary

It is also difficult to prescribe methadone to patients who are unable to take care of themselves. Patients who are not safe to have in a treatment center because they are violent or they sell drugs will not receive treatment. At Towards Recovery Clinics, we take care of our patients and the people in our communities. We do not want to have problems with disruptive patients, so we do not prescribe treatment programs for them. Patients will be counseled on what is appropriate behavior and if they can maintain it, they will receive treatment. However, those who cannot, will not be treated.

Physician Need to Approve

Serious physical and health problems can be worsened by methadone treatment. Before treatment plans are approved, it is important for us to find out with patients are healthy enough to withstand treatment. Lung and heart problems can become worse with methadone treatment. Fortunately, there are other treatment programs that can be used instead.

If you have any questions about methadone treatment or other optional treatments, contact Towards Recovery Clinics at 905-527-2042.


Understanding HALT

Posted on :  July 3rd, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovery can be a lifelong process. One of the most useful ways to avoid a relapse is to understand your triggers. For most addicts, the triggers tend to be the same and the acronym H.A.L.T. can keep you from faltering. The acronym stands for Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, and Tiredness. While you might not be able to completely avoid being hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, you can build your conscious awareness of where your mind goes during these states. There are steps you can take to help your body adjust and accept these states of being so you do not feel the need to reach for drugs or alcohol.

Learn to Recognize Hunger

The body and mind can play with each other and create a sense of hunger. Many people actually think they are hungry, when they are actually bored, thirsty, or tired. You do not need to starve yourself, but it can help your awareness by actually learning how your body feels when it is hungry. When people are dieting, they learn to recognize the feeling of hunger so they can manage their portion sizes and caloric intake. You can do the same so that you truly know when it is time to eat, rather than crave drugs or alcohol. Learning about your body in a healthy way will help you manage your recovery.

In order to keep yourself from craving your addiction when you are hungry, you can keep delicious snacks available. You will need to control what you have available in your pantry so you do not develop an addiction to refined sugar or processed foods. Have fresh cold-pressed juices or easy-to-eat fruits like grapes, bananas, and berries and vegetables like cut broccoli or cauliflower available. Train yourself to eat those when you are hungry, so you do not crave harmful substances instead.

Do Not Run from Anger

It is highly unlikely that you will never experience anger during your recovery. Like hunger, you should learn what your body feels like when it is angry. Emotions create stress in the body and fortunately, the body will eventually rid itself of those toxic stressful feelings. You do not need to help the body do this by using mood-altering substances. You should recognize the emotion and then move on. You can do this by learning to use your breath to calm your body. For some people, exercising helps them manage their emotions. When you recognize the sensation of anger, you will be better prepared to accept it without help from addictive substances.

Learn to Manage Your Loneliness

Loneliness is a challenging feeling to accept. While you are in recovery, you might feel like the only person with an addiction. One of the best ways to manage loneliness is to find a group of people who are experiencing something similar. Support groups are one of the best tools to help with loneliness. You might not be able to meet with your group when you are feeling lonely, but you will be able to think about those people who care about you and want you to succeed in your recovery. It can also be helpful to have healthy places to go when you are feeling lonely. A local coffee shop, the gym, or a favorite bookstore are all places that you can go to be around other people. When you have a few tools at your disposal, you will not turn to drugs or alcohol.

When Tired, Take a Nap

The feeling of tiredness is another common trigger for people who are recovering. You might have turned to an addictive substance to fall asleep each night, but you cannot do this during recovery. It is a good idea to learn new ways to help fall asleep, like breathing techniques or meditation techniques. When you are tired, take a nap or go to sleep for the night. It is a better option than using drugs or alcohol.

If you have any concerns about treatment and recovery options for your addiction, contact Towards Recovery Clinics at 905-527-2042.




Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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