OUR MEDICAL CENTRES
In Southern Alberta
WHAT IS METHADONE?
Since the 1960’s methadone has been used for opioid treatment programs. Methadone is an opioid that is long-acting generally lasting 24-36 hours/dose. Methadone is used in our clinics as an effective and legal alternative to opioids, in our opioid substitution therapy we use methadone as a substitute to other narcotics such as fentanyl, heroin, oxycontin, opium, codeine, Percocet, etc. Methadone is used to stabilize the lives of people battling opioid addiction and have developed a dependency on the drugs. Methadone is used to reduce the harmful effects of the drug and the withdrawals related to drug use.
It helps to stabilize the lives of people who are dependent on opiates and reduce the harm related to drug use while helping individuals return to a stable, safe, social and economic state.
HOW DOES THE METHADONE PROGRAM WORK?
The Methadone program we offer at ACT Medical Centres is not an immediate fix to opioid addiction. Methadone is part of a long-term addiction maintenance program. Our comprehensive addiction centers assist opiate dependent patients safely kick the addiction.
The immediate goal of our addiction program is to help stabilize the patient on methadone, controlling the dose. Opioid substitution therapy promotes a sense of health while preventing the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Methadone in moderation, with the assistance of an opioid specialist, will significantly decrease the drug cravings, ultimately helping our clients eliminate drug use.
Methadone maintenance treatment as a form of opioid substitution works best when combined with our other in-clinic services. At ACT Medical Centres, our clients have access to addiction counseling, crisis intervention, opioid management as well as a number of other medical services.
While taking methadone it is recommended that a patient refrains from taking other opiates, as the methadone affects the opiate receptors in the body. If you take another opioid while on methadone, the effectiveness of the methadone will diminish significantly, and you may put yourself at a higher risk of an overdose.
At ACT Medical Centres, our goal is to stabilize our patient’s condition and addiction so they can transition themselves to a drug-free life.
ACT MEDICAL METHADONE TREATMENT PROGRAM
Our program is designed to help patients transition to a drug-free life. Our clinics offer medical professionals and counseling to assist patients to reach their objective, the program scope is:
- Set up an initial consultation
- Have a medical examination and lab tests, with supervised urine testing
- Sign a treatment contract associated with a plan
- Start addiction counseling
- Consistent medical follow-up
- Issue daily methadone dose
- Post-methadone treatment including relapse prevention, and medication when appropriate
ACT MEDICAL METHADONE PROFESSIONALS
Our clinics employ a number of medical professionals to help our clients reach their goal of a sober and drug-free life. At our medical centers/clinics we have:
- Physicians that specialize in Addiction
- Registered Nurses
- Practical Nurses
- Allied Health Professionals
DURATION OF THE METHADONE PROGRAM
The length and duration of the methadone program offered at our clinics vary patient to patient. The exact time an individual requires is different in every case and is dependent on the patient’s needs and pre-existing state. The key factors that attribute to the program duration include:
- The successful stabilization of opiate abstinence, and the maintenance on the methadone program.
- Lifestyle modification/changes the patient has to undergo such as a stable family life, consistent employment, minimal financial and legal difficulties, and social support from nondrug-using associates including friends and family.
Once the program has begun and the above criteria have been met, the duration and decision to taper off the opioid substitution program are up to the patient and the acting physician. When the patient decides to begin tapering off methadone the process begins with removing approximately 10% of the daily dose at biweekly intervals. This system is only a guide, and the tapering schedule can vary patient to patient. Each substitution and methadone program is dependant on a mutual decision between the patient and acting physician.
When taking methadone or other opioid substitutes it important that it is taken as prescribed and in conjunction with our comprehensive opioid treatment program. Methadone is a safe and often effective form of medication and opiate treatment that can be taken for many years to help achieve and maintain a life that is free of drugs.
SIDE EFFECTS OF METHADONE
Most of our patients that go on the methadone program experience few, if any, side effects. Methadone is usually a very well-tolerated, but a few of the more common side effects are:
- Sleepiness or drowsiness
- Weight change
METHADONE TREATMENT AT ACT MEDICAL CENTRES
If you are looking for a safe and non-judgemental way to get off drugs and begin to live an opiate free life then contact ACT Medical Centres to schedule a consultation. Our methadone treatment program is designed for individuals looking for:
- A drug-free lifestyle
- A stable future with personal, social, family and financial stability
- Sobriety with no physical withdrawal symptoms
- Decreased or eliminated the cravings of drugs
- Resolving of legal concerns associated with addiction
- A chance to obtain or complete a higher level of education
- A chance at creating stable employment
- Improved self-esteem, self-worth & independence
- Improvement to memory, concentration, attention & higher level of thinking
- Improved health and the prevention of drug-related health concerns
- Improving their overall quality of life
- A chance to regain respect, trust, and relationships
If you are looking for a change and a way to begin a drug-free life without opioids contact ACT Medical Centres, we pride ourselves on our understanding and comprehensive approach to addiction.