Manitoba Opioid Support and Treatment

Length of Participation

The length of time an individual stays on Methadone or Suboxone varies as the program is tailored to his/her needs. It is recommended that people remain on Methadone or Suboxone for a minimum of six months. There is no maximum. Most people who are successful in coming off Methadone or Suboxone show the following characteristics:

  • Their lives have been stabilized after being on Methadone for more than a year. This includes increased coping skills, better relationships, improved finances, and physical health.
  • They have made changes in their lives that promote continued stability without Methadone. This may include supports in the non-drug using community (AA, counsellors, etc), increased stability within the family and fewer legal difficulties.
  • The decision to stop Methadone or Suboxone is made together with their nurse/physician. With the support of MOST program staff, they are prepared for, and know what to expect from, the tapering process off Methadone or Suboxone.

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