Clinic 528 provides Methadone Maintenance Treatment to
opiate addicted persons residing in the London region. This section of SupportNet
will help you to better understand the problem of opiate addiction – the
opportunities for treatment and for recovery.
Opiate drugs include morphine, codeine, oxycocet, oxycodone, heroin and
others. These drugs are derived from or made similar to chemicals found in
the opium poppy.
Opiates have long been used for pain control. But they may also produce
an intense euphoria - and are widely abused.
The regular use of an opiate drug over time may in some persons, lead to
physical dependence and addiction.
Physical dependence occurs when the brain becomes used to the routine presence
of an opiate drug. Chemical changes in the brain require an increasing amount
of opiate drug to obtain effect. Withdrawal symptoms occur when the drug
Addiction is a lingering, recurrent and driving compulsion to take drugs
that alter mental state or feeling. The compulsion of addiction has lost
connection to any reason or rationale for starting to use drugs in the first
Physical dependence and opiate addiction fuel each other into a downward
spiral of increasing use and deteriorating health.
"This addiction has taken over my life. I need a way out -
and I don't ever want to end up here again."
Methadone is a drug that relieves the withdrawal symptoms of opiate dependence.
It releases the opiate addicted person from the driving, physical need to
take opiate drugs.
Methadone Maintenance Treatment provides protection from the relapsed use
of opiate drugs. It also offers education, access to counseling and other
health services. It provides opportunity for stability in lifestyle and recovery
Recovery is a process of learning to enjoy life without the use of drugs
that alter mental state or feeling. A personal program of recovery is the
cornerstone of day to day sobriety.
Methadone Maintenance Treatment may be a vital and potentially life-saving
treatment within a larger and life long process of recovery from opiate addiction.