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Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program

If you need help with your opioid addiction, call 1-888-299-8399 toll free for the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program.  Your family physician, addiction counselor, or other health professional may also call on your behalf.

What is methadone and how does it work?
Methadone is an effective and legal substitute for opioid drugs such as heroin, codeine, morphine, hydromorphone and oxycodone. It eliminates or reduces cravings, without causing a person to get high. If you are dependent on opioid drugs you can take methadone to help stabilize your life and reduce the harm related to your drug use. It has been used in treatment programs since the early 1960s.

Is methadone maintenance treatment right for you?
If you’ve been using opioid drugs for at least a year, and you’ve come to the point where you know you can’t go on using, but can’t seem to stop, methadone maintenance treatment may be right for you.

How do I access the program?
There are several criteria for admission to the program, but the first step is for you to call 1-888-299-8399 to make an appointment to be screened by clinical staff. Your family physician, addiction counselor, or other health professional may also call on your behalf. The Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program is a provincial service with clinics available in Montague, Charlottetown and Summerside.

How long will I have to stay on methadone?
There is no exact length of time you will have to stay on methadone. The program is a long term treatment, with most people staying on it for years.

Will I have to go to therapy and counseling?
Therapy is an important part of your treatment. There is an expectation that you attend a methadone support group through the program once a week for the first 12 weeks. Other individual or group therapy or counseling may be recommended.

Is there a cost for the program?
All services are covered if you hold a PEI Health Card issued under the PEI Hospital and Medical Services Plan.

Is there a wait time to get into program?
There is generally a wait time to get into the program. Depending on your situation, there may be no wait time if it is medically urgent.

What other resources are available?

Who can I contact about the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program?
Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility
2814 Rte 215
Mount Herbert
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8
Telephone:  (902) 368-4120
Fax:  (902) 368-6229

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