You can enrol in the methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program by visiting any of the Vector Health Clinics (during regular business hours) to schedule an assessment by a physician. A referring physician, psychologist, employer or other allied health professional can also arrange for an assessment on your behalf.
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for all medical visits at Vector Health Clinics. For services not covered by OHIP, such as prescriptions, there may be additional fees (if applicable), which may be covered either in full or in part by an employer or other private healthcare insurance plans.
Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) cover the cost of methadone for those clients who qualify. The Trillium Drug Plan, under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, also covers the cost of methadone for those who qualify. Many private insurance companies may also cover the cost of prescription medication through extended health coverage.
Typically, most clients will remain on the program for at least one to two years; however, predicting long-term recovery from drug dependence will vary by client. Recovery indicators include:
If the client and his or her doctor elect to end treatment, the methadone dose is tapered down gradually over many weeks or months, easing withdrawal symptoms.