Methadone & Suboxone Treatment Programs in Ontario

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Addiction Treatment Help, Blog, Methadone & Opiate Replacements | 6 comments

Parker* from Northern Ontario is looking for the facility, Camillus Centre. He had heard through the grapevine that they accept individuals on Methadone and Suboxone.

He works as a training coordinator where he supports students in the heavy machinery training program and then helps find employment afterwards. However, he’s been getting several calls from students who are on stabilized methadone or Suboxone doses and are being refused employment because the employer says they are not “sober”.

Parker is looking for programs or centres that will help these students off of Methadone or Suboxone, so they can secure employment and put their new skill to use.

To his surprise, we told him it’s not the Camillus Centre he’s looking for, it’s the Oaks Centre for Withdrawal (which is also offered by St. Joseph’s General Hospital). We discussed that his students on Methadone will need to taper to 30mg or less before they can attend the centre and complete their withdrawals. The Camillus Centre is for treatment once individuals are sober if they need help with coping, creating a foundation for recovery, etc.

Parker and any other teacher/instructor/professor in this position will need to tell their students that they need to work with their Methadone/Suboxone prescriber and ask to taper at a safe rate to maintain stability. It may be good to start this as soon as possible when Methadone/Suboxone use becomes known.

This situation also made us wonder if this was a labor violation or unethical to deny a potential interviewee a chance at employment because of a taboo prescribed substance. It’s similar to not hiring someone because they are on antidepressants (stabilizing their mood).

We suggested Parker look into the Ontario labour codes to see if employers had the right to deny employment on the basis of a Methadone or Suboxone prescription. This way he could better coach his students on defending their labour rights if, in fact, they are being denied a chance at employment because of description towards methadone or Suboxone use.


  1. Please help me for my familys sake iv been on methadone for 10 years i want off and fast i have big plans for life and useing this methadone has held my life back to long now please help

    • Hi Paul, I’ve passed on your message to our help desk. Leah will contact you within 24 hours at the email address linked to your comment. Talk soon, Canada Drug Rehab Directory.

  2. My husband is looking for a place where he can get help to get off Methadone. He is on it for the last 15yrs. Please if someone can call and guide us to correct place. 416 303 4652.

  3. I need help to get clean from suboxone, ive tapered down to 2mg, and id like to be completely clean & sober so I can take my life back, plz if you can help do this, contact me a.s.a.p. I’m anxious to hear from you, and do this.

    Thank you

  4. hi my name is Brett, im on methadone and ive been tapering of and i,m down to 30mg i want to find somewere were i can go and come off of it faster or cold turkey i did 30mgs to nothing before but i was alot younger and it was hell but im willing to do it again but would like to do it in a detox setting if anyone knows were i can get help with this please contact me,ive been calling central detox for the past 2 days with no luck.i tend to relapse when i get down to 30mg as i have been here before and used and went back up to 50mgs.i just want off this ride but doing it alone cold turkey would be realy tough,and i have a good job waiting for me out west but i cant be on methadone,.anyways i,m babbling now.if there is anyplace i can go that anyone knows about please contact me at 647 533 0105 my name is Brett or email at thank you so much.

    • Hello Brett,

      I’ve passed your message onto the coordinator at our help desk. She will be in touch today if she has not been already. Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

      CDR Helpdesk

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