richmond hill

drug abuse

Richmond Hill     905-787-8999

Hamilton             905-544-5255

addiction counselling


Addiction Treatment

alcohol abuse


addiction treatment Clinic

Treatment Options



Scarborough       647-350-6662





  • Addiction is treatable!

  • There are many treatment options available for addiction however at Vista Health Clinics we focus on a kind of treatment called Agonist Replacement Therapy where we prescribe Agonists such as Methadone or Suboxone in order to replace the opiate in a person suffering from opiate addiction

  • The first phase in treating addiction is to aid in the physical effects of withdrawing from the substance a person is addicted to:

  • In opiate addiction this can include withdrawal symptoms such as: nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, muscle cramps and aches, sweats/chills/shakes, insomnia

  • With Agonist Replacement Therapy  the opiate substance the person is addicted to is being replaced Opiate Agonist and as such withdrawal symptoms are minimized or even eliminated

  • The physical side of addiction can be stabilized within a few days to weeks

  • The second (and more complicated) phase in treating addiction focuses on the psychological effects of addiction

  • Anxiety, depression, irritability, and mood swings cause significant suffering to people suffering from addiction

  • There are ways to help treat these conditions that may include counselling and/or medical therapy

  • Likewise, treatment for impulse control, urges and cravings may require counselling as well as education on techniques to reduce the risk of relapsing into drug use

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of these techniques which help a patient identify, avoid, and cope with situations where they might be likely to use drugs