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Staying Sober While Traveling

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

Recovering from addiction can be a lifelong struggle. When you are recovering, you might have the opportunity to travel. Since traveling and vacationing is a good way to relax and decompress from the stresses of life, it is a good idea to take advantage of the time. But, when you are recovering, you have to consider the reality of being away from your home and the new life you have made. Before you decide not to travel, you should know that other people who have been in recovery have traveled and managed to enjoy themselves while vacationing. Here are a few tips to make your time away from home more successful and less stressful:

Do your research: Before you go on vacation, closely research the places that you plan to visit and stay. If you are staying at a resort, you should look to see if the resort has a party atmosphere or a family atmosphere. If you know that a tiki bar near the pool will be too enticing to avoid, then you should look for a resort that does not have alcohol in such a convenient and tempting location.

Look for a local support system: Most communities have support systems for people who are in recovery. Whether you need help with heroin, alcohol, or another addiction, you can research the location’s support groups, clinics, and meetings. Most communities have 12-Step Meetings and cruises also have “Friends of Bill W.” daily meetings, too.

Bring a friend: If you know that traveling on your own will not work, then invite a friend or family member with you. There is strength in numbers, especially when you need a supportive friend who will help you avoid tough situations. You could even arrange for a sober holiday by organizing a big event for others who are in a similar situation. Some travel organizations plan sober vacations for people who are in recovery.

Fill your time: Many vacationers will fall into the habit of relaxing and drinking, but people in recovery need alternatives. The best way to avoid the trap of needing a fix, you should build a daily itinerary that will keep you comfortably busy. See the sites, plan tours, and keep yourself away from the drugs and alcohol.

Try something new: While you are away from home, why not do something new? Maybe you take a cooking class or a yoga class while you are out of town. You can try new food or other activities – like learning to surf. Hike the local parks. Swim in the ocean. Vacation is the time to step out of the norm and live your life. Since you do not have to go to work or wake up to an alarm, you can truly take this time to enjoy yourself and the opportunities that arise.

Just say no: If you are in a place where people are drinking, you do not need join them. There are so many people who choose not to drink, that it is no big deal to see someone drinking water instead of liquor. You might feel out of place, but no one else thinks that you are doing anything strange. You might see like you are the strange one or the focus of attention, but in reality, no one cares if you are not drinking. Take the opportunity to enjoy good conversation, icy cold water, and good music.

Stay alert to your cravings: Even though you are away from home, you should be alert to your triggers. They might include being tired or lonely, hungry or nervous, or excited or sluggish. Pay attention to your feelings and your body so you can stay healthy and in a positive place.

If you have any questions about addiction recovery, contact Towards Recovery Clinics at 905-527-2042.

Fun for the Recovering Addict

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

When you are recovering from a heroin addiction (or any other addiction), the definition of “fun” changes dramatically. Whether you started using drugs in your teen years, or you started in adulthood, fun often meant taking risks that a sober person would not take. The idea of pushing the limits when under the influence is extremely exciting and therefore, quite fun. However, when you are no longer abusing drugs, you need a new way to have fun and enjoy life.

Fun Changes as We Age

People who abuse drugs into the 20s and 30s will see their peers enjoying the fun of starting professional and family lives. Those who are frequently high will still find themselves fighting hangovers, looking for drugs, and avoiding arrests. Sober peers will move on, enjoying their weddings, children, and careers. This type of fun might not appeal to addicts; but after moving into recovery, the appeal will increase.

Addiction Alters Brain Development

When it comes to addiction, it is far easier to develop the problem as a teen, rather than as an adult. The teenage brain lacks the self-regulatory ability that the adult brain has, which is why teens are more likely to engage in “fun” behavior that is actually rather dangerous. The prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for assessing activities and for reasoning, does not fully develop until somewhere between the ages of 18 and 25. As the prefrontal cortex develops, the idea of fun changes, which is why it is less likely for adult to undertake risky behavior.

The development of the prefrontal cortex might can be stunted by addiction to drugs and alcohol. This explains why so many people who began using drugs at a young age have so much difficulty recovering from their addiction. It also explains why so many recovering addicts have challenges discovering what fun is without drugs or alcohol. The developmental problems that come with addiction last make recovery difficult and it explains why adult addicts continue to make so many poor decisions.

Functioning Adults with Poor Decision-making Skills

Despite the challenges with the prefrontal cortex, it can be amazing to realize that there are many addicts who are able to work, pay bills, and function in society. While the functional behaviors might not be the same as those of non-addicts, many adult addicts are able to hide their addiction – for a while. The difficulties that adult addicts face tend to involve building and maintaining relationships, which is why they have challenges understanding the idea of adult “fun.”

Hope for Recovery

Even though the brain does have challenges when it comes to fighting addiction, there is hope for recovery. Researchers have found that men and women who stepped onto the path of recovery and sobriety have had positive changes in their brain functions. Brain cells were able to communicate better with each other and the functions of thought improved, too. In many cases, the improvement was visible to researchers after two months of sobriety.

Fun without the Risk

Fortunately, the idea of fun, which involves weighing risk versus reward, becomes better understood as brain function improves. Adults who are sober are able to understand the risks and make better choices by better understanding the potential outcomes of risky behavior.

Enjoy the Small Things

Once you are dedicated to a life of sobriety and recovery, you will be able to enjoy the small joys in life that adults consider to be fun. You will no longer feel like you need to be driving your car at top speeds while under the influence of dangerous narcotics. You will have more fun watching your family grow than you ever would have had with drugs and alcohol.

If you have any questions about addiction recovery, contact Towards Recovery Clinics at 905-527-2042.

Percocet Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

Posted on :  March 6th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

One of the most frequently abused prescription medications is Percocet, which is a difficult addiction to break because of the work that the medication does to the body and the mind. Percocet is a tablet that includes a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. The oxycodone relieves pain while the acetaminophen also reduces pain and also reduces fevers. Oxycodone is an opioid which relieves pain, but also causes a feeling of happiness as well as relaxation.

Where Addiction Begins with Percocet

Addiction can begin because Percocet alters the function of the brain. The euphoric feeling that comes from Percocet is one of the main reasons that the drug is so addictive. If you have a friend or family member who is taking Percocet, it is important to watch for signs of addiction. Addictions to Percocet develop slowly over time, so it can be difficult to spot when the addiction actually begins.

Early Warning Signs: Altering the State of the Tablet

One of the most common signs of addiction is in the way the drug is put in the body. Percocet comes in a tablet form, but those who are addicted to the medication will alter the drug so the body will absorb it faster. It is common for addicts to chew the tablet, or to crush it so the drug can be snorted or injected. Addicts will also take more medication than is prescribed. Some addicts will lie about their medication by hiding it or avoiding regular daily activities so they can take more Percocet.

Noticeable Signs of Dependency and Addiction

Some argue that Percocet does not cause addictions, but it does create dependency. Addiction includes cravings and the inability to function without the drug. Percocet tends to cause psychological dependence, which can be difficult to break, too. Whether you or your loved one has an addiction or a dependency, there are several other signs to notice:

  • taking Percocet even if it affects work, home life, or school
  • craving the medication
  • attempting to get fake prescriptions
  • out of control use of Percocet
  • hiding the medication or lying about it to hide abuse
  • taking more than prescribed
  • abusing other medications and illegal drugs

Working Through Withdrawal Symptoms

If you or a loved one has symptoms of addiction, you can take comfort in knowing that the symptoms, dependency, and addiction can be treated and at Towards Recovery Clinics, we take pride in helping clients defeat their Percocet trouble. It is best to intervene early, but getting help at any time is better than letting the dependency continue to grow. We work with people addicted to Percocet by helping them learn to coping skills and build positive attitudes. When we work with Percocet addictions, we work with the withdrawal symptoms by keeping patients under close supervision. We also include therapies with individuals and groups. Our behavior therapy helps our patients with psychological and social needs.

The Successful Detox Program at Towards Recovery Clinics

In order to make the treatment successful, we help our patients while they detox from oxycodone. During the withdrawal period, patients will experience some uncomfortable symptoms. At Towards Recovery Clinics, we help with managing those symptoms so patients stay on course for success. Some people experience the withdrawal symptoms for weeks and they can be severe. Having our Clinics behind you will make you more likely to avoid relapse. Outpatient programs, like Towards Recovery Clinics, help those with Percocet addictions work through their addictions, while being able to stay at home.

If you have any questions about Percocet addictions, Methadone, or other prescription drug dependencies or additions, please contact the professionals at Towards Recovery Clinics in Ontario at 905-527-2042.

Heroin Addiction 101

Posted on :  March 2nd, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

If you have ever wondered if heroin is addicting, the answer is yes. This powerful drug is highly addictive for many reasons. It affects the central nervous system, especially the brain. It does not take long for the brain to crave heroin which results in serious problems in the short and long term.

Depressant with Euphoric Qualities

The chemistry of heroin is what makes it so addictive. The drug is a depressant that comes from morphine, which is taken from specific types of poppy plants. The drug itself is usually either white or brown and in a powder form that is mixed with sugar. The white powder is snorted or smoked, due to its bitter flavor. A variety of white powder is called “black tar” and this is usually injected into the body, either into muscles or veins. Heroin that is injected affects the mind the quickest, but it also comes with risks related to injecting a needle into the body.

Affecting the Brain’s Morphine Receptors

After heroin enters the body, it affects the brain as it turns into morphine. Since the brain actually has opioid receptors, morphine quickly attaches to those which immediately affect the central nervous system. People who use heroin feel euphoria once those receptors are stimulated. Eventually, the euphoria wears off and users feel the depressant action take place. The post-euphoria sensations include having a dry mouth and flushed skin; the body also feels heavy and drowsy. Thinking is also cloudy after the euphoric state ends. Addiction begins when heroin users constantly need the drug to feel the sense of euphoria.

Dangerous Drug Used in Some Prescriptions

Interestingly, heroin is actually used in some medications. They are categorized as Schedule 1 drugs because of their addictive properties, so it is illegal in many places to sell or possess the drug without a prescription. Heroin is known as diamorphine and is used as an analgesic. When people suffer from pain that morphine cannot diminish, then diamorphine is used. Diamorphine is occasionally used in epidurals during obstetric deliveries.

Changing Brain Chemistry and Forming an Addiction

When heroin makes its way into the brain, it actually changes the way the brain is structured as well as how it functions. It alters the chemistry in the brain and the way the nervous system reacts. Users quickly develop a tolerance to heroin, so they need to take more to get the same intense high. The brain actually gets used to the drug, so that the brain experiences painful symptoms of withdrawal if the body does not get enough heroin or any heroin at all. The withdrawal symptoms can be debilitating.

Craving the Drug and Other Signs of Addiction

Heroin addiction begins when the body begins to crave the drug. People who are regular users begin to obsess over their next hit; the obsession does develop into a compulsive way of thinking, too. Another sign of addiction is loss of physical and mental control, so users consistently need to have the drug and they cannot stop talking about getting it. The body develops tolerances based on the increased dosages and many addicts take it over and over to stay in the state of euphoria. These signs of addiction are rather easy to spot, especially if you live with the user.

The Best Way to Avoid Addiction to Heroin

Addiction in North America has grown since 2007, especially with adults between the ages of 18 and 25. Unfortunately, anyone can develop an addiction to the drug. The best way to avoid developing an addiction is to never start using the drug at all. If you spend time with people who use heroin, you will probably begin to use it yourself. The addiction is quick, powerful, and very difficult to end.

If you know someone who needs addiction treatment, please contact our professional staff at Towards Recovery Clinics at 905-527-2042 to get help.

What Does a Typical Addict Look Like? Not What You Think

Posted on :  January 30th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

The image of the typical heroin addict was once a junkie with pale skin, tired eyes, and rotten teeth. If this is what you envision a heroin addict to look like, then you are mistaken. Another typical image of a heroin addict is the “heroin chic” look that was popularized by uber-thin models with gaunt faces and empty stares. If this is what you envision, then you are also wrong. The idea of a typical heroin addiction is no longer possible to define, because the typical addict could be absolutely anyone, from your neighbor down the street to the business woman you see on the elevator. While the typical heroin addict is no longer easy to identify, there is one growing group of addicts: women.

Prescription Pills as a Gateway Drug

Many experts consider that marijuana is the top gateway drug; but for many women, the gateway drug is pain pills. Women who work outside of the home and work inside of the home are developing addictions to pain pills. It is not unheard of for some women to take more than 20 pain pills on a daily basis. Those pain pills can cost hundreds of dollars each day and the women with pain pill addictions usually have the money to afford the addiction, at least for a while. When pain pills become too expensive or they no longer provide a satisfying high or their physicians stop prescribing them, these women move to on to something stronger and less expensive – heroin.

Easier to Afford Heroin

In some communities, women with heroin addictions are rather common. Those hundred dollar pain pills can be easily replaced with twenty dollar bags of heroin. It makes it much easier for women to feed their addiction and hide their addiction at home. Interestingly, police officers are making more arrests of suburban housewives because of heroin.

Women in Treatment Centers

Treatment centers are also seeing more adult women in their facilities. Some areas are reporting that one-fourth of their patients are women dealing with heroin addiction. In other communities, the numbers of women being treated for heroin addiction is closer to 15 percent. The communities that are seeing more women in their treatment centers tend to be affluent.

Easy to Find, but Harder to Quit

News reports around North America have released stories about how easy it is for women to become addicted to heroin. In many cases, the women are upper middle class women with college degrees. Once they try the drug, they often find themselves unable to quit and the addiction can build in less than one week. Some women do not look for help until they are in dire straits, usually when they are pregnant and want to make sure their unborn babies are healthy. Unfortunately, not every woman realizes that she is an addict and needs help.

Physiological Addictions Related to Estrogen

Researchers are busy looking to see if women are more likely to develop addictions, especially to a substance like heroin, than men. Researchers have found that female animals are aware of addicting properties, because of estrogen, which triggers the drug receptors so they turn those illicit drugs into pleasure. The brain enjoys the feeling it gets when those drugs hit the receptors, so it forces women and their estrogen to seek out the drugs. The hypothesis is that women feel more joy and bliss than men do, and the blame is being placed on estrogen and how estrogen triggers cravings.

Get Help from Towards Recovery Clinics

In the world of heroin addiction, it is important to get the help you need. Whether you are a wealthy housewife, a homeless man, or a young college graduate, you need to be treated. The professionals at Towards Recovery Clinics will help you get your life back in order.

What a Good Methadone Clinic Looks Like

Posted on :  January 28th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Even though methadone clinics generally do the same thing – treat patients with opioid addictions, they do not all do it the same way. There are some methadone clinics that are very good at treating patients and other that fall short. The strong, successful clinics have many of the same qualities and the weak clinics lack those qualities.

Qualities of a Successful Clinic

While patient success is one of the definitions of a strong clinic, there are several other factors that define the strong clinic. The first is communication, especially between the employees from the medical employees to the counseling and administrative employees. When communication is strong and a clinic is successful, there will be very little turnover among the staff. Employees, especially the counseling staff has low levels of stress because their ratios are low. The physicians and patients understand the standards for dosing because they are based on appropriate guidelines. Top clinics also help patients move back into their communities, too.

Communication within the Staff

When clinics have strong communication between employees, they are better prepared to treat their patients. Strong communication occurs when the physicians, counseling staff, and administrative staff talk about the patients and their recovery. Regular conversations keep the staff on the same page so they all know what is happening and what the next steps happen to be. The staff can also talk about problems they foresee so that the entire staff is ready to deal with them when they arise.

Solving Problems as a Team

The purpose of the regular staff conversations is not to gossip or complain about the patients. It is to help the patients be successful in their treatment programs. The physicians and counselors can talk about progress or lack thereof and what can be done to make changes. Physicians can discuss medical concerns and counselors can discuss psychological concerns so that meds can be adjusted based on withdrawal symptoms, signs of depression, or other issues.

Experienced and Professional Staff

The staff should have experience working with patients who are being treated with methadone. All of our counselors and professionals believe in the process of treating heroin addiction with methadone and they will keep patients feeling positively about their treatment. Weak treatment centers often hire inexperienced professionals or those think that methadone does not and will not work. Without the belief in methadone and the experience of working with patients fighting addiction, the only people who suffer are the patients, which can result in devastating setbacks.

Keep Caseloads Manageable

Caseloads are important considerations for maintaining good staff members. When counselors and physicians in methadone clinics are overburdened with too many patients, there is not anything that keeps them from leaving for greener pastures. Counselors and physicians with experience are hot commodities in any community, so when a clinic has a successful staff, it is important to keep the staff happy. By keeping the ratios of patients to physicians/counselors low, the employees are better prepared to help their patients. When the employees are suffering from too much stress, they become ineffective which causes problems with the recovering patients.

Build Relationships with Patients

There are many patients who appreciate it when their counselors and physicians have had some personal experience with addiction. Whether the employees had the actual problem or they had family members who had issues with addiction, patients feel like they can build a closer relationship with the employees. While it is not necessary for a good physician or counselor to have struggles with addiction, it is important for the employees in a methadone clinic to have a good relationship with each patient. The patient needs to be able to trust the employees, so the employees need to be professional, courteous, and real.

If you have any questions about the quality of services at Towards Recovery Clinic, please contact us at 905-527-2042.

Are All Addictions the Same?

Posted on :  January 22nd, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Even though drug addiction has been a part of human life for millennia, researchers have finally begun to understand why addictions occur. As researchers get closer looks at the human brain, they have found that addictions actually change the way the brain works and that reversing those changes is difficult.

With the number of people with addictions, like the millions of heroin, cocaine, alcohol, and nicotine addicts, there are many brains that have been altered so much that they are difficult to repair. Fortunately, now that we know how the brain responds to addictive drugs, we have a better understanding of treatments that work.

Interestingly, people who are being treated for opioid addictions often develop a new addiction. This is more common than people think and it is not a cause for worry. The best way to avoid developing a new addiction is to develop self-awareness so you can recognize if the new behavior is really a new addiction. These are a few of the more common addictive behaviors. Most of them involve some form of compulsivity, which makes them highly recognizable. Like drug addiction, these addictions might seem harmless at first, but as the addiction develops, it can be difficult to break free.

Exercise: It might not seem like exercise could be a negative thing, but exercise addictions can be dangerous. Because exercise involves endorphin rushes, many people quickly become addicted to that natural high. The more you exercise, the harder it is to achieve that natural high – so you have to keep exercising. Instead of constantly focusing on exercising, you can schedule a certain amount of time each day and use your exercise to aid in your recovery.

Food and eating disorders: During drug recovery programs, many people will experience weight gain or loss. Food can quickly become a satisfying substitute for drugs, especially food that is full of sugar. Overeating is an addiction in the same way that bulimia is. Instead of chowing down at the all-you-can-eat buffet, work on eating only when you are hungry and eat only real, unprocessed food. You will see your weight stay healthy and you will feel fantastic, too.

Gambling: There is a big thrill when you win big while gambling. The brain is stimulated in the same way it is when taking opioids. When gambling becomes a problem, the gambler can no longer stop. The impulsivity of gambling has led many people to lose their money, their jobs, and their families. If you know you are prone to addictions, it is best to simply avoid visiting casinos and getting close to any type of betting.

Organizational commitments: When people are working on their recovery from opioids, they tend to want to try new things. This might mean visiting a new church, volunteering for a political campaign, or working at a charity organization. The thrill that can come from helping people and meeting new people can actually become addictive. While this might not sound like a big deal, there are many people who give all of their time and all of their money to these groups, only to regret the decision later.

Sex: Opioid addicts who are working on recovery should avoid working on sexual relationships. These relationships can be rather stressful and they can actually slow recovery. Since people who abuse drugs tend to be promiscuous, they can become addicted to the feelings associated with a budding relationship. This addiction can get in the way of recovery and it can lead to disappointment and depression.

Shopping: Credit cards make it easy to become a shopping addict. While you are in recovery, you should hide your credit cards or cut them up so you do not go on any unnecessary shopping binges. Like gambling, a shopping addiction can cost a significant amount of money as well as stress from disappointed family members.

At Towards Recovery Clinics, we understand the challenges that come with a methadone-based recovery therapy. We are here for you during every step of the way so you can return to a normal and healthy life. If you have any questions, contact us via phone at 905-527-2042.

Project Lazarus: It Takes a Community

Posted on :  January 14th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

In 2008, a community in Wilkes County, North Carolina came up with a unique goal: that communities need to take care of their own, especially in regards to drug abuse. The result of the goal was Project Lazarus, a non-profit organization that empowered their community to help prevent drug overdoses and manage chronic pain. When Project Lazarus was created, Wilkes County had the third highest rate of death by overdose in the United States. When the project began, the county had an overdose death rate of nearly 29 people per every 100,000. Now, the county has a rate of half that at 13 deaths by overdose per 100,000 people. This project is now being replicated in other places around the United States and it could be a replicated in Canada, too.

Bringing Three Values Together to Reduce Deaths by Overdosing

The Project Lazarus model includes working with compassion, data, and experience to get the job done. It uses these three components to help to reduce overdoses by creating and maintaining community groups so they can create prevention programs that will work in the communities. Project Lazarus also provides technical assistance to help the groups continue to get the data they need to support their populations. Since the project was so successful, it has spread to help the entire state of North Carolina. There is also a chapter successfully working in New Orleans, Louisiana as well as in at least 12 other states.

Focusing on the Reducing Chronic Pain

The State of North Carolina has a statewide non-profit healthcare network called Community Care of North Carolina. Project Lazarus partnered with this group’s Chronic Pain Initiative so that residents who need pain relief can get it while reducing their risks for overdosing. The Chronic Pain Initiative is working with hospitals, emergency rooms, community health departments, primary care physicians, and law enforcement officials to continue to reduce the rate of deaths by overdosing. The Community Care of North Carolina network is providing funding for many of the initiatives that Project Lazarus is solving.

Changing the Community One Prescription at a Time

One of the ways that Project Lazarus has changed the community is in the way that doctors prescribe pain meds. When fatalities from overdoses occurred, the medications were usually prescribed by county doctors. Just a few years after Project Lazarus began, none of the overdoses came from local doctors. Each doctor’s office now uses the Controlled Substances Reporting System and each office has to have a designated person who updates the record. There are stiff penalties for medical offices that misuse or share private information from the report. These penalties were established by North Carolina legislators.

The Project Lazarus changed more than just who wrote prescriptions and who reported them. They group also changed how prescriptions were written. In the past, people could go to the emergency room and get a prescription for 30-days worth of pain medications. Now, emergency room doctors will write a script for enough medication for three days. Patients have to then see their own doctors for follow-up appointments.

Preparing At-Risk Users with Naloxone Kits

Another smart move by the Project Lazarus was to equip at-risk heroin users with a naloxone rescue kit. Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of opioids on the body. It works immediately, much like epinephrine works to stop food allergy effects. People who are overdosing on opioids can actually stop breathing because of respiratory depression, but naloxone will immediately wake them – almost like bringing them back from the dead (which is where Project Lazarus got its name). The naloxone kits include a nasal aspirator, a syringe filled with naloxone, a refrigerator magnet, written instructions, and video instructions.

At this time, Project Lazarus is only active in the United States, but at Towards Recovery, we appreciate the work that the group has done to help fight overdosing. Community involvement is important to reduce the horrible effects of overdosing on opioids.

Methadone Myths & Facts and Its History

Posted on :  December 12th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Methadone has been a useful treatment option for people with opioid addictions. The treatment has been used for many decades. Despite the long history of methadone in North America, people do not know much about the treatment and why it is effective. In many cases, family members and friends are not as supportive of the treatment as they could be.

Brief History of Methadone

Methadone was first given to patients by a doctor in New York at Rockefeller University. Dr. Vincent Dole discovered that his patients with heroin addiction no longer craved the drug after using methadone instead. The outcome of the methadone treatment was that patients could return to a normal lifestyle where they could go to work, be with their families, and be useful in the community. This discovery created licensed treatment programs that could directly help those who need help breaking their addictions to heroin.

Since methadone is always connected to heroin addiction, myths have perpetuated. These are the most common myths and the truth behind them:

#1: Methadone is just heroin in disguise. It is not heroin, it is a treatment for a heroin addiction. It is not even a substitute for heroin. People in methadone treatment need one dose each day and it is long acting. In contrast, heroin acts quickly, so addicts need to three or more doses per day to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms.

#2: Patients develop an addiction to methadone. There is a difference between an addiction and a dependence when it comes to medication. Methadone patients develop a dependency, much like diabetics develop a dependency on insulin or people with depression are dependent on anti-depressants. Dependencies are helpful, whereas addictions are harmful. Methadone is not harmful, so addiction does not occur.

#3: Methadone patients cannot go to work. As long as methadone patients are no longer using any illicit drugs, they can go to work at any job that they have qualifications to do. People who are taking methadone at the appropriate dose do not experience highs or lows; they simply feel normal which is the perfect condition for working at a job.

#4: Methadone has several harmful side effects. For five decades, methadone has been a safe medication. Fortunately, there are just a few side effects and they are easy to manage. Since methadone is an opioid, it can cause sweating and constipation. Methadone does not damage teeth or bones or any other part of the body. If patients taking methadone take care of themselves, no one will see any physical signs that they are taking the medication.

#5: Methadone and pregnancy do not mix. Methadone has been prescribed for pregnant women for decades. Studies have shown that pregnant women who taper off of methadone are more likely to have relapses with heroin. Babies born to mother taking methadone have not been found to have any developmental or cognitive problems. The only issue that can occur is called neonatal abstinence syndrome, but this can also occur with pregnant mothers who drink alcohol or take other drugs during pregnancy. There are treatment options for babies who have this problem. Methadone is also safe for breastfeeding, unless the mother also is HIV-positive.

#6: Methadone affects virility in men. Men who are taking methadone might have slightly lower testosterone levels, but it does not cause sterility or affect virility at all. Male methadone patients are just as potent as they were before they started to take methadone.

Myths about methadone often prevent people from seeking treatment. Unfortunately, embarrassment prevents them from talking to their health care providers, too. Instead of seeing methadone as a negative thing, patients should understand that they are doing something beneficial for themselves.

If you have any questions about methadone treatment, we encourage you to contact us on 519-579-0589, through our website at Towards Recovery Clinics or via email at:

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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