Opioid Addiction Treatment in Ontario

Don’t delay treatment for yourself or a loved one. Opioid use disorder is becoming an increasingly larger healthcare crisis all over Ontario. Seek help today.

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GreenStone Centre for Recovery is here to help

We are an accredited medical detox and addiction treatment centre in Ontario dedicated to fostering a sense of community and well-being through our approach to recovery.

  • This begins with intake assessments to tailor detox and treatment plans to the unique needs of each patient.
  • From there, our professionals use a holistic treatment approach that simultaneously addresses underlying and concurrent disorders to ensure recovery can be as comprehensive and effective as possible. Our addiction treatment centre provides medically supervised detox and personalized therapy programs.

We aim to provide a strong sense of community through group therapy programs, and our Alumni Program.

  • All our clients receive Alumni status after completing GreeneStone’s treatment program. The program allows clients to stay connected with the GreeneStone community and provides an opportunity to give and receive support on their recovery journey. We invite clients to be active members in their alumni community by joining meetings, helping to create events, participating at gatherings, and supporting others in service.

As opioid use disorder continues to be a healthcare crisis in Ontario, some may start to consider treatment options for themselves, a friend, or a family member.

Over the last 20 years, opioid use in Ontario has steadily and gradually increased. And overall, these increases are visible in an increased number of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and fatalities1. It is estimated that there were close to eight opioid related deaths per day in Ontario in 2021, with 2022’s numbers not far off from the previous year.

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The Negative Effects of Opioids

There are short-term and long-term negative effects of opioid use, including the highly addictive nature of opioids, and the possibility for dependency or substance use disorder. Moreover, certain illegally obtained opioids like fentanyl and heroin can cause fatal overdoses with even the smallest amounts. Within the illicit market, heroin and fentanyl may also be cut with other drugs or substances unbeknownst to the individual taking the drug. These foreign or unknown substances, or their interaction with opioids, may lead to increased rate of illness or overdose.

Opioid use disorder may also destroy other aspects of an individual’s life. Drug addiction, overall, negatively impacts social relationships, families, finances, careers, and more.

Opioids are no different. If you or someone you love is struggling with opioid use disorder, there is hope in erasing those negative effects.

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Short-Term Negative Effects of Opioid Use

These include extreme fatigue, digestive issues, breathing problems, headaches, dizziness, confusion, or troubles with fine motor skills. Some opioids and their short-term effects include pain relief and, in some cases, the euphoric high or “up” in emotions. These are considered negative effects when they assist in leading to opioid use disorder.

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Long-Term Negative Effects of Opioid Use

The negative effects of opioid use, and opioid use disorder, can be long-lasting, as well as detrimental to one’s own quality of life. These may include liver damage, infertility or incompetence, and increased tolerance for opioids and their effects. Not only does improper opioid use lead to a higher tolerance, but it may also make chronic pain worse overall.

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What are opioids?

In Canada and Ontario, there are both legal (those obtained with a prescription) and illegal classes of opioids (those obtained without a prescription). And while fentanyl and heroin are the most problematic of the opioid medications, they are two which may be prescribed legally and under supervision. It is important to remember that even when prescribed, opioid medications may still lead to opioid use disorder.

Opioid medications are prescribed for pain and pain management, and for severe levels of pain- instances such as surgical recovery, bodily injuries, or severe pain from illness.

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The Dangers of Fentanyl Use

Fentanyl is the strongest of the opioids. It is a manmade drug created to mimic the effects of opium-derived medications, but to an extreme extent. Fentanyl is prescribed and administered by medical professionals for the relief of extreme pain. However, fentanyl made its way into the illicit drug market and fentanyl use in Ontario is now a growing concern. In 2021, for example, fentanyl contributed to nearly 90% of accidental opioid-related deaths in Ontario- a 602% increase from 2016.3

The effects of fentanyl are about 100 times stronger than the effects of morphine, and about 30 time stronger than those of heroin. This increases the dangers of fentanyl overdose. However, there are additional factors which make fentanyl use so dangerous.

First, fentanyl is cheap, odourless, and tasteless. These all contribute to fentanyl showing up in other illicit drugs. So while an individual may not actively seek fentanyl, their opioid use disorder, or other drug use disorders, may increase the likelihood of them encountering fentanyl and its dangerous side effects.

Second, the short-term and long-term negative effects of fentanyl can be extreme. They are all like those of other opioid medications, but tend to arise at a faster rate, or tend to be more extreme.5

GreeneStone is Here for you

Don’t delay treatment for fentanyl or opioid use disorder. The GreeneStone Centre for Recovery is here to help start individuals on the successful road to recovery through medical detox services and inpatient addiction treatment programs, and by providing a healthy and supportive environment.

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The Signs of Opioid Use Disorder

How do you know if someone you care about is struggling with opioid use? There will be signs of opioid addiction, and they may show up as the negative long-term effects of opioid use. Moreover, there are additional signs to look for in loved ones when concerned about improper, unsafe, or extended drug use.

An individual struggling with substance use disorder may:

  • Show extreme changes in moods
  • Become isolated
  • Show cognitive decline like troubles with memory, decision making, concentrating, or remaining alert
  • Lose interest in things they once loved, enjoyed, or participated in
  • Lose control of other aspects of life like work, school, relationships, or finances

The signs of substance use disorder may revolve around the individual’s opioid use.

An individual struggling with opioid use disorder may:

  • Show withdrawal symptoms when they cannot access opioids
  • Increase efforts to access opioids, including using illegal markets, or spending excess money
  • Show physical signs like heroin needle injection marks, for example

Contact our detox and addiction treatment facility in Ontario today if notice these signs or symptoms of opioid addiction. At the GreeneStone Centre for Recovery in Bala, Ontario, we provide inpatient substance use disorder treatment and medically supervised detox. We also provide specialized programs for military veterans and for young adults, the better focus on the unique needs and challenges of these respective groups.

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Welcome to the GreeneStone Centre for Recovery in Ontario

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About the GreeneStone Centre for Recovery

Our facility is in Bala, Ontario, on the scenic and peaceful west side of Lake Muskoka. Our addiction treatment centre is about 2-hours north of Toronto. And for patients traveling for treatment, we provide complimentary transportation from the airport to ensure a safe and easy connection with our centres.

GreeneStone is located in one of the most peaceful and naturally beautiful regions of Ontario. Nestled on the shore of Lake Muskoka, our well-appointed facility sits on 40 acres of naturally forested land, with walking and hiking trails, two ponds, and fire pits circled with Muskoka chairs. Our wide range of amenities support health and wellness, with a fully equipped gym and cardio room, indoor pool, and multi-purpose movement studio. Outdoor activities include basketball, volleyball, tennis, and ball hockey.

GreeneStone offers inpatient substance use disorder treatment and medically supervised detox

When you reach out for help to stop using alcohol or drugs, a complete detox is the first step toward recovery. Our team is fully committed to providing you the best possible medically supervised detox experience. We conduct intake assessments to tailor detox and treatment plans to the unique needs of each patient.

Supported by local community partnerships, GreeneStone also offers tailored care for military personnel and Indigenous people, focusing on the unique needs and challenges of these respective groups.

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The GreeneStone Approach to Substance Use Disorder Treatment

GreeneStone Centre for Recovery is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a non-profit organization that conducts regular assessments of health and human services. Their accreditation shows clients that our program meets internationally recognized quality standards for addiction treatment.

We focus on and support clients’ mental health as part of our approach to care. GreeneStone’s holistic treatment approach simultaneously addresses underlying and concurrent disorders so their recovery can be as comprehensive and effective as possible.

Each of our 25 private guest rooms are appointed with a private bathroom and queen-size bed. Our small community creates a quiet, settled atmosphere, giving time for introspection and reflection. At GreeneStone, we recognize that being completely disconnected from work is not always practical. We allow patients to keep their devices after initial stabilization, so that they can seek treatment while maintaining their work responsibilities.

Moreover, GreeneStone offers an escape in the beautifully forested shores of Lake Muskoka, where you can find space to heal from daily triggers and stresses and continue a successful journey to recovery.

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