What is methadone?
Methadone is a long-acting opioid medication (lasting 24-36
hours per dose).
It’s an effective and legal substitute for heroin or other
narcotics (such as heroin, methadone, Oxycontin, opium, Percocet, Percodan,
morphine, codeine, etc.)
Methadone has been used in treatment programs since the 1960’s.
It helps to stabilize the lives of people who are dependent on opiates and
reduce the harm related to drug use.
It also helps them return to a stable social, economic and home
How does methadone work?
The Methadone program is not a “quick fix”. Methadone is part of
a long-term and comprehensive maintenance program for opiate dependent clients.
The immediate goal is to stabilize you on your methadone dose,
promote a sense of well-being and prevent physical withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone will significantly decrease your drug cravings, and help you
eliminate drug use.
Methadone works by its effect on opiate receptors in the body.
To allow it to work properly, you are best advised to abstain from the use of
all other opiates. In the case that you choose to use other opiates with
methadone, the effect of methadone will diminish. You will also fail to obtain
the effect which you have been accustomed to after taking opiates (e.g., less
or no euphoria), and you may put yourself in higher risk for overdose.
Remember, the goal of Methadone treatment is to stabilize your
body physically so that you can make the desired changes in your life, and make
the best of your new “drug-free” lifestyle.
How is methadone taken?
Methadone is taken orally and is diluted with orange juice. When
you first start the program, you will be asked to drink your medication at the
As you stabilize your dose, and your treatment program, you may
be eligible for some “carries”, or take home doses.
Carries should be refrigerated. It is your responsibility to
store them safely to make sure the medication is not taken by anyone else,
especially a child, or a non-opiate dependent person, for whom it may be lethal.
How do I access the program?
Please contact the Clinic nearest you
or call our office at 705-326-1112 to get further information.
Please call Monday through Friday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., EST)
and identify yourself as a patient who is interested in our Methadone
maintenance programs and associates
you are the one making the changes. We are here to support you in whatever way
you feel will help improve the quality of your life.