Above and Beyond

Methadone and Suboxone Opioid Addiction Treatment Clinic and Pharmacy in Peterborough, Ontario

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know I'm ready for treatment?

Ultimately, it's up to you whether you feel ready to begin your road to recovery. If you're unsure, you are always welcome to come in and speak to clinic staff regarding any questions you may have and see our facilities with no pressure to join - we're here when you're ready. Typically, you might want to consider treatment if the following apply to you:

  • You find that you are using more opioids than you would like
  • You've tried to cut back on your own without success
  • You find your time being consumed by the need to get and/or use opioids
  • Using opioids has impacted areas of your life like work, finances, friendships and family
  • You keep taking opioids, even though you know they're negatively affecting you

How is my doctor visit paid for?

Our visits and urine testing are all covered by OHIP.

How do I pay for my medication?

Whether you're on methadone or suboxone, these medications are covered by many drug plans through your work or government programs like ODB.

How does the medication work?

Both methadone and suboxone are opioids and are used as a substitution to pain patches or pills that are either offered from your doctor or off the street. It also helps with street drugs like heroin. Methadone and Suboxone block receptors in your brain that make you crave opioids, taking care of the physical symptoms. Methadone is prepared in an orange flavoured juice drink, and suboxone is a tablet that dissolves under the tongue.

Will my treatment be kept confidential?

Yes, we will not breach confidentiality to your family, work or doctor without your consent.

How do I get started on the program?

You can call or come into the clinic with your OHIP card and staff will go through paperwork and the program guidelines with you and you will leave a urine sample. From there, the doctor will complete an assessment and work with you to determine your treatment plan.

What dose will I start on?

This can vary, and will be determined by your doctor after assessing your medical and use history. It will also vary depending on if you're beginning treatment with methadone or suboxone. For patient's starting on suboxone, you will typically see the doctor 2-3 times over the course of your first day to determine the dose that is best for you.