Opioids

The term "opioid" refers to a group of painkillers that includes medications such as codeine, heroin, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydromorphone etc. These drugs can be extremely powerful pain medications, but they can also be very dangerous and highly addictive. In Ontario, twice as many are dying from opioid as are dying from HIV.

The treatment of opioid-related problems is often very complex and challenging. For this reason, our team uses a multidisciplinary team environment that includes counselors, psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialists. We also take pride in using state-of-the-art technology and incorporating the latest advances in health care and opioid research.


Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines (also known as "tranquilizers") are a class of prescription medications that are used for sleep and/ or anxiety issues. Familiar names of drugs in this class include Valium (generic name Diazepam), Ativan (generic name Lorazepam) and Xanax (generic name Alprazolam). In many ways, they mimic the effect of alcohol and are sometimes even used to control alcohol withdrawal. Unfortunately, they can also be very addictive and many people find it difficult to stop using them once they start.

At TrueNorth, we use the evidence based approaches outlined in the Ashton Manual to help people who are using Benzodiazepines.

The treatment of benzodiazepine-related problems is often very complex and challenging. For this reason, our team uses a multidisciplinary team environment that includes counselors, psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialists. We also take pride in using state-of-the-art technology and incorporating the latest advances in health care and substance use research.


Nicotine

Nicotine is the addictive substance in cigarettes, cigars and ENDS ( Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems). Nicotine is a remarkably addictive drug and less than 7% of nicotine users are able to successfully quit on their own each year.

Fortunately, there are a number of very effective medications that are now available to help people stop smoking. These medications can double the chances of successfully quitting when compared with willpower alone.

Our team of experts is available to help you better understand the various smoking cessation options available. As with all of our programs, our team uses a multidisciplinary team environment that includes counselors, psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialists. We also take pride in using state-of-the-art technology and incorporating the latest advances in health care and substance use research.


Alcohol

Alcohol can cause harm both through its immediate effects (alcohol poisoning, DUIs, falls etc.) and through its long-term effects (cancer, cirrhosis, addiction etc.). Many people are still not aware that effective anti-craving medication options are available to help people reduce or stop their drinking.

These medications can be particularly effective when combined with counselling, 12-step recovery and other psychosocial supports.

Our team uses a multidisciplinary team environment that includes counselors, psychiatrists and addiction medicine specialists. We also take pride in using state-of-the-art technology and incorporating the latest advances in health care and substance use research.