How do I enroll in New Beginnings clinic?
Your path to recovery starts by calling one of our locations, or simply walking in, and the first steps will be:
- An Initial intake and review
- Signing of agreements
- Supervised urine test
- Medical examination and laboratory tests as indicated
- Dosing of Methadone or Suboxone as indicated.
Often patients can start treatment in 24 hours of coming to the clinic. All services are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP).
What is methadone?
Methadone is mainly used in the treatment of opioid dependence. It has cross-tolerance (tolerance to similar drugs) with other opioids including heroin and morphine, and offers very similar effects but a longer duration of effect. Oral doses of methadone can stabilise patients by mitigating opioid withdrawal syndrome or making it more tolerable. Higher doses of methadone can block the euphoric effects of heroin, morphine, and similar drugs. As a result, properly dosed methadone patients can reduce or stop altogether their use of these substance,
What are the side effects of methadone ?
The Majority of patients do not experience side effects but the most commons ones include:
- Drowsiness, if the dose is too high
- Sweating, if the dose is too high or too low