3 Men Needing Opioid Addiction Treatment

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog, Opioid Addiction | 1 comment

One caller, Harold*, called in for himself looking for a specific program in the Niagara Region. It took us a few minutes to realize he had been told that this was going to be the best program and it was someone else’s recommendation for treatment. We, then, determined several factors that let us help him a better way than just giving him the information he had called in for.

Harold wanted a program to help him deal with an addiction to Heroin. He was already on a Suboxone program and wanted OHIP options. We told him all the steps he needed to take and then explained what he needed to do. As usual, we sent him a follow-up email outlining all the information we discussed. That’s not all though…

After giving Harold the resources he needed, he asked how we could help his brother who was also addicted to Heroin but was, instead, on a methadone maintenance program. We said his brother would have a harder time finding treatment because many programs don’t accept clients using methadone, but would send him another, separate email detailing options available to his brother. It didn’t end here though…

Harold proceeded to ask about available treatment to a friend in his circle who was not yet on Suboxone or methadone and was still smoking heroin. This was the easier person to provide treatment options for as he was not on any anti-craving drugs. There are more options available for people using only Heroin and not Suboxone or Methadone. 



DOC: Suboxone

PERSON: 26-year-old male

REQUEST: Harold is looking for OHIP options for opioid addiction treatment and programs teaching coping techniques. Harold also wanted to get off Suboxone, which we gave him detox options for. We also suggested Harold talk with his prescribing doctor about tapering off Suboxone before or after treatment. We provided a list of programs that accept methadone clients and told Harold to also call the Drug and Alcohol Helpline (1.800.565.8603) to get a list of residential programs that are within his LHIN (Unlike Methadone, Suboxone usually is permitted to be administered in treatment programs). We also gave Harold information for the nearest assessment office and a list of questions to ask in order to gather the information he needs before he gets assessed/referred to a opioid treatment program.

Harold’s Brother

DOC: Methadone

Harold wanted information for programs that could help his brother get off Methadone and treat his opioid addiction. We told Harold that the same information we provided to him would also help het his brother into treatment. However, Harold’s brother will have a harder time because of Methadone is less accepted treatment programs than Suboxone. We suggested, if Harold’s brother didn’t want to be on Methadone, that he start working with his prescribing Doctor to start tapering.

ASSESSMENT AND REFERRAL OFFICE (for Harold and his brother)

William Osler Health Centre – Addiction Counselling and Problem Gambling Clinics
301-118 Queen Street W Brampton, ON L6X 1A5
Phone: (905) 796-3005
Note: assessment and outpatient counselling for youth and adults.

METHADONE PROGRAMS (for Harold’s brother)

Cornwall Adult Support Recovery
St. Denis Centre
 339 Second St. East
 Cornwall, ON K6H 1Y8
Phone: (613)933-0418 (direct)
 Toll-Free: 1(800) 272-9236 ext.107 (Admission/referral)
 Fax: (613) 933-3825
 E-Mail: annzeran@aseo-steo.org
Website: http://www.drugandalcoholhelpline.ca/Directory/Program/1932

St. Joseph’s General Hospital Elliot Lake (30MG or less and tapering)
Camillus Centre 3-9 Oakland Boulevard Elliot Lake, ON P5A 2T1
Phone: (705) 848-2652 Phone: (705) 848-2129 ext. 242 (intake)
Website: www.sjgh.ca

Guelph Adult Primary Treatment (30MG or less and tapering)
Homewood Addiction and Mental Health Division 
150 Delhi Street 
Guelph, ON N1E 6K9
Phone: (519) 824-1010 ext.2551 (Intake)
Toll-Free: 1(866) 839-2594
Fax: (519) 767-3533
E-Mail: admit@homewood.org
Website: www.homewood.org

Guelph Adult Support Recovery
Stonehenge Therapeutic Community (Can do a methadone taper via doctor recommendation)
60 Westwood Rd.
Guelph, ON N1H 7X3
Phone: (519) 837-1470 ext. 226 (women’s program)
 Phone: (519) 837-1470 ext. 227 (men’s program) 
Fax: (519) 837-3232
E-Mail: info@stonehengetc.com
 Website: www.stonehengetc.com
Note: 4- to 6-month residential treatment for men and women 18 years of age or older. Women’s program includes pregnant women and mothers with children 6 months of age or younger. Program is based on a harm-reduction model. 18 beds.

Hearst Adult Primary Treatment
Maison Renaissance, 924 Halle Street,
 Hearst, ON P0L 1N0
Phone: (705) 362-4289
 Toll-Free: 1(800) 766-0657
 Fax: (705) 362-4289
E-Mail: Use form on the “admission” or “contact us” pages.
 Website: www.maisonrenaissance.com
Note: A 21 day co-ed or women’s only and 5-day family program for FRANCOPHONES in Ontario 16+. Clients must be 5 days sober.

Mission Services of London
Quintin Warner House, 
477 Queens Avenue
 London, ON N6B 1Y3
Phone: (519) 434-8041
 Fax: (519) 434-1669
 E-Mail: qwhintake@missionservices.ca
 Website: www.missionservices.ca
Note: a 16 bed 16 -24 week residential program for males only 18+. Accepts referrals from the courts and correctional facilities. Clients must be sober between 7-14days.

North Bay General Hospital
Nipissing Detoxification and Substance Abuse Programs
A-120 King Street W
 North Bay, ON P1B 5Z7
Phone: (705) 476-6240 
Fax: (705) 476-6136 
E-Mail: ndsapinfo@nbgh.on.ca
 Website: North Bay Addiction Services
Note: This is a 29 bed, 21 day harm reduction residential program for men and women 16+. Clients must be referred and clients must be a minimum of 72 hours sober.

New Port Centre
Port Colborne General Hospital
260 Sugarloaf Street Port Colborne, ON L3K 2N7
Phone: (905) 378-4647 ext. 32500 Fax: (905) 834-3002
E-Mail: NewPortAdmin@niagarahealth.on.ca or Roberta.tayti@niagarahealth.on.ca
Website: www.niagarahealth.on.ca/services/addiction-recovery
Note: Separate residential programs for men and women 16+. 35 beds. Program length is 18 days. Clients must be referred. Accepts referrals from the Correctional Services Canada. No smoking. Clients must be 5days sober.

Norfolk General Hospital 
Holmes House
394 West Street 
Simcoe, ON N3Y 1T9
Phone: (519) 428-1911
 Toll-Free:  1(888) 999-4966 Fax: (519) 428-7756
Website: http://www.ngh.on.ca/services/detox.html
Note: A 6 bed 21-day co-ed residential program for adults 16+. Clients need to be referred. Clients need to be 7 days sober prior to admission. There is also a day program for clients who can commute to Holmes House for the 21 day cycle 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.

Harold’ Friend

DOC: Heroin (Administered via smoking)

PERSON: 25-year-old Male

REQUEST: Needs detox, assessment, treatment. This individual is going to have the “easiest” time seeking treatment resources, because he is not using Methadone or Suboxone. We provided Harold with the closest social detoxes in the area as well as the two medical detoxes in Toronto. We, again, told Harold to call the Drug and Alcohol Hotline to locate programs within the BRAMPTON LHIN so that his friend could start the paperwork and get on the wait lists for as many opioid treatment options as possible.

*Harold’s friend, while not on Methadone or Suboxone, will need to sober up beforehand.

Here is the closest detox unit in Brampton, ON

William Osler Health Centre
Withdrawal Management Centre
135 McLaughlin Road S Brampton, ON L6Y 2C8
Phone: (905) 456-3500 Fax: (905) 456-3522
Website: www.williamoslerhc.on.ca/patients-and-families/programs-services/mental-health-and-addictions
Note: Staff is not medically trained so clients must be sufficiently stable prior to admission. Contact this program to determine suitability. 

Here are the two closest MEDICAL DETOX UNITS

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

3rd floor – 60 White Squirrel Way 
Toronto, ON M4G 3Z1
Phone: (416) 535-8501 ext. 36071 
Toll-Free: 1(800) 463-2338 ext. 6616
 Website: CAMH Medical Withdrawal Unit
Note: an 18-bed medical detox. All clients are monitored by medically trained staff. Clients can self-refer between 8am – 2pm Monday – Friday. No admissions on weekends or public holidays.

Bridgewood Chemical Dependency Program
Elective Inpatient Withdrawal Program

2175 Keele Street
 Toronto, ON M6M 3Z4 
Phone:(416) 658-2029
Website: Mental Health and Addiction Services
Note: all clients are monitored by medically trained staff. There are 11 beds in the psychiatric care unit that are for acute withdrawal.


William Osler Health Centre – Addiction Counselling and Problem Gambling Clinics
301-118 Queen Street W  Brampton, ON L6X 1A5
Phone: (905) 796-3005  


CAMH Residential Service
60 White Squirrel Way 
Toronto, ON M4G 3Z1
Phone: (416) 535-8501 ext. 6616
 Toll-Free: 1(800) 463-2338 ext. 6616
Note: Program is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Renascent Fellowship, The
Punanai Centre 
54 Madison Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 2S4
Toll-Free: 1(866) 232-1212

Salvation Army Harbour Light Centre
Basic Recovery Program
160 Jarvis Avenue
Toronto, ON M5B 2E1
Phone: (416) 572-2691 ext. 24 
Toll-Free: 1(877) 901-8884
Note: The Basic Recovery Program lasts 21 days. The average stay for the complete residential program is 13-14 weeks. Program is for men only 18 and older. Accepts referrals from the courts and correctional facilities.

Hope Place Centres – 
Halton Recovery House
8173 Trafalgar Road 
Hornby, ON L0P 1E0
Phone: (905) 878-1120 Ext. 222 or 228 (Intake) 
Toll-Free: 1(877) 761-6357
Fax: (605) 878-1269
 E-mail: rickm@hopeplacecentres.org
Website: www.hopeplacecentres.org

St. Michael’s Residential Treatment Program
277 Rusholme Road
 Toronto, ON M6H 2Y9
Phone: (416) 535-3131
Note: a residential addiction program for men 19 years of age and older. Program length is 6 months.

Wayside House of Hamilton
15 Charlton Avenue West 
Hamilton, ON L8P 2B8
Phone: (905) 528-8969
 Fax: (905) 529-7057
E-Mail: waysidehousehamilton@gmail.com
 Website: www.waysidehouse.ca
Note: 20 bed long-term residential treatment for men 19+. Clients must be assessed and then referred into the treatment program. Must have OHIP heath card and valid photo ID. Clients must be sober prior to admission.

One Comment

  1. Your Methadone policy sonuds similar to one that we have had for years in the Davis County Jail. We have just changed it however to no longer allow Methadone. We previously allowed Methadone for up to 30 days if the methadone clinic provided it and scheduled a regular reducing doses to allow for a, no longer than 30 days taper from the methadone, with the exception of a pregnant inmate currently on methadone program. (We have had one pregnant female on methadone here in the past and we did keep that exception in our policy.) Now however we just discontinued methadone or Suboxone in our jail. We have had up to 6 different Methadone Clinics in our area that have brought in methadone and we have had up to 4 different inmates at one time on Methadone with some having orders for split doses etc. The Chain of Custody paperwork with the Methadone is a hassle and we had one inmate that had difficulty paying for her Methadone and the clinic would bring in Methadone for a while then stop it until her family brought in more money and then start bringing it in again. She went back and forth on methadone to a Clonidine taper a couple of times until I told the clinic they were not welcome back here unless they were going to consistently provide the meds, we could taper her ourselves with a Clonidine taper. Last week we just received a letter from a Disability Lawyer threatening to sue us if we did not allow access to Methadone for his client. Our county attorney reviewed our new policy and we have now officially stopped allowing Methadone in our jail. This was at the request of our physician and we were the last jail in Utah, as far as I know, to allow Methadone in a jail.

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