Maple's Addiction Services

Opioid addiction treatment, opioid addiction recovery

Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioids are a group of substances that interact with opioid receptors in your brain to relieve pain.

A subset of opioids are opiates, which are naturally extracted from the opium poppy plant.

In medical practice, opioids are usually prescribed as pain relief medication.

When these substances bind to the opioid receptors, they "depress" the central nervous system, which slows down heart and breathing rates. This effect is why death is common with overdose. Opioid receptors also stimulate the release of dopamine, the 'feel-good hormone.'

Of all 500,000 deaths attributed to drug use, 70% of them are related to opioids.

Common opioids used are

  • Fentanyl
  • Codeine
  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone

Treatment Options -Opioid Agonist Therapy

Full Agonist Therapy - Methadone

Methadone is an effective and safe treatment for opioid addiction. It works by binding to the opioid receptors, preventing severe withdrawal symptoms as you get off the addicting drug.

Methadone is particularly effective if you have been on very high doses of opioids or you have been using them for a very long time. Our health professionals will prescribe this liquid medication to you and guide you on its usage.

Partial Agonist Therapy - Suboxone

Suboxone is the brand name for a medication containing buprenorphine and naloxone, used to treat opioid dependency.

In 2007, Health Canada approved suboxone for the treatment of opioid-related addictions.This medication comes as a thin strip or tablet that is placed under your tongue and absorbed sublingually.

Suboxone allows for some withdrawal symptoms and works effectively for short term opioid users.

Which Treatment is Best For You?

Our Canadian certified addiction specialists will have virtual meetings with you and recommend a treatment option based on your dependency duration and level. Your work schedule and recovery expectation dates will also be considered.

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Benzodiazepines Addiction Treatment

Benzodiazepines are medications commonly prescribed for conditions such as anxiety, seizures, and panic disorders.

When used in higher doses as recreational drugs, benzodiazepines give a euphoric and relaxing feeling.

Benzos are highly addictive and can lead to physical dependency needing professional management even when used as prescribed.

Xanax addiction treatment, benzo addiction

Common benzodiazepines used are

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Lorazepam (Antivan)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)

Treatment Options


It is important to us that you get safe and long-term treatment, which is why, instead of immediate abstinence, we recommend tapering. This process involves gradually reducing the dosage of benzodiazepines you take over weeks or months before eventually stopping.

Withdrawal symptoms from benzos can be difficult and sometimes fatal if not properly managed. Tapering manages the difficult withdrawal symptoms and prevents harmful complications.


Many people dependent on benzodiazepines started by using them as prescribed medication for underlying mental health issues like anxiety disorders, seizures, and panic disorders.

As you taper off, these conditions may resurface.

At Maple Addiction Recovery Centres, we offer therapy to aid your recovery process and reduce or eliminate your need for benzodiazepines.

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Nicotine Addiction Treatment

Nicotine is the addictive chemical in tobacco. When you smoke cigarettes, nicotine goes to your brain and increases dopamine release, which makes you experience pleasure.

This pleasure is short-lived, leading to more frequent usage and, eventually, dependency.

Nicotine addiction treatment, how to quit smoking

Treatment Options

Nicotine addiction treatment is not the same for everyone, and treatment approaches are based on different factors and left to the discretion of the healthcare experts. Our Canadian licensed addiction experts will plan a custom treatment plan to help you overcome your dependency.

Our treatment options generally include

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

People who use one or more nicotine replacements while trying to quit smoking have recorded higher rates than those who choose to quit "cold turkey. Our licensed experts will prescribe one or more of the following nicotine replacements to aid your cessation process.

  • Nicotine patch
  • Nicotine gum
  • Nicotine nasal spray
  • Nicotine oral inhaler

Medication Therapy

Some medications can assist your quitting process by either binding to nicotine receptors in the brain or altering dopamine levels to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms.

Varenicline, also known by the brand name Champix or Chantix, binds to the nicotine receptors and relieves withdrawal symptoms.

Bupropion, also known as Zyban, works on dopamine levels to help relieve withdrawal symptoms.

These medications are prescription only and would only be prescribed if our physicians deem it necessary.


If you are quitting smoking, you need all the support you can get. Routine counseling with one of our licensed addiction experts will help you recover faster and stay on track.

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Alcohol use disorder is a common condition where you consume alcohol impulsively. Continuous alcohol use disorder will result in alcohol dependency or addiction.

Alcohol addiction is dangerous as it predisposes you to many health conditions such as liver cirrhosis and some cancers.

Alcohol addiction treatment, how to stop drinking

Treatment Options

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to alcoholism. However, our licensed practitioners will prepare a recovery plan for you involving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and some medication if required.

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