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Supporting Your Recovery from Opioid and Drug Addictions

Why choose Us.

We believe that medication is only one part of a patient's recovery and should be used in the lowest dose and for the shortest amount of time necessary.

Our Mission.

To become an integral part of a healthy East Toronto community where freedom from addiction, the recovery of lives, and the realization of dreams is available to all.

What we Do.

To provide quality care for people struggling with addiction, assisting them to live physically, emotionally and spiritually fulfilling lives.

Our Comprehensive Care Program

We offer medical, psychological, and spiritual care for people with addictions.

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Opioid Agonist Therapy

We prescribe medications to help people withdraw from opiates (such as heroin, fentanyl, morphine, dilaudid, codeine, oxycodone, etc.). The objective is to provide a controlled reduction and monitoring system.

Individualized Treatment

Treatment for substances such as cocaine, crack cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines (crystal meth), and benzodiazepines (including vallium, diazepam, ativan, restoril, clonazepam) will involve a combination of medication and behaviour therapy.

Non-Medication Treatment

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and addiction counselling are offered to help address the issues underlying addiction. CBT is offered by our psychotherapist at a sliding scale rate of $50-$100.

Family Medecine Services

Dr. Bienenstock can provide on-demand primary care services to his patients during their recovery journey. These services include prescribing long-term medications and assessment and treatment of other health care issues.

Art Group

The creation of art can increase awareness of ourselves and others in the treatment of mental health and addictions. Art helps to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. No past experience in art is necessary — try something new today!

Additional Support Services

We provide access to a host of services to address additional barriers to overcoming addiction. This includes access to shelter or housing options, access to food banks, links to job training, recruitment and other career-assistance services, support in attending residential inpatient treatment facilities, access to 12-step based recovery groups.

Why methadone or suboxone?

Opioid agonist therapy (OAT) is an effective treatment for addiction to opioid drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), fentanyl and Percocet. The therapy involves taking the opioid agonists methadone (Methadose) or buprenorphine (Suboxone). These medications work to prevent withdrawal and reduce cravings for opioid drugs. People who are addicted to opioid drugs can take OAT to help stabilize their lives and to reduce the harms related to their drug use. Opiod Agonist Therapy (CAMH)

Methadone is among the most effective medications used in the first-line treatment of opioid addiction. When taken under the care of a qualified practitioner — in optimal dosage and on regular intervals — it can serve as an effective and safe treatment for opioid addiction.

Suboxone is an effective alternative to methadone in the treatment of opioid addiction, offering advantages which may be more appropriate for certain patients.

Medication-assisted detox: for some patients no methadone or suboxone is needed at all. We offer a variety of other supportive medications to decrease the severity of your withdrawal symptoms.

Understanding that no two patients, and thus, no two treatments are identical, means that what’s best for one patient may not be best for another. We will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your unique circumstances.

It should be noted that, unlike a traditional Methadone Clinic, we believe that these medications are only one part of a patient's recovery and should be used in the lowest dose and for the shortest amount of time necessary to help somebody get back on their feet.

Additional Resources

Learn more from CAMH → Making the Choice, Making it Work

We will not keep you on these meds for the rest of your life unless you want us to; We want you to recover your life and to live independently.

Our Environment

We have designed our clinic to be an extension of the East Toronto community because we believe that it belongs to the community. In this spirit, we aim to offer a warm, inviting and inspiring environment for our clients and guests alike. Our clinic is open five days per week and takes great pride in providing a safe, clean and welcoming environment to our patients. The waiting area features a lending library, local artwork from recovering addicts, along with free water, healthy snacks and condoms available at all times.

Our waiting area features complimentary water and an array of healthy fruit and snacks at all times.

As part of our community-centric approach, our waiting room displays a selection of local artwork from recovering addicts — painting, photography and poetry — while the tomato and mint plants are cared for by our patients.

As part of our ongoing efforts to expand in our approach, in the coming months we will offer a community library and a free book exchange in a “Take a book, Leave a book” model.

It is our goal to offer a respectful, clean, confidential, safe, artistic, inspiring, welcoming, healthy, and nutritious environment.