How to Use Our Methadone Clinic Locator
Once you’ve decided to attend treatment at a methadone clinic, you will likely have already researched this particular type of treatment and decided that it is right for you. Finding a clinic (and the best clinic for your needs at that) is usually the next step which can often be time consuming, confusing, and difficult. Many individuals don’t even know where to start looking when it comes to finding methadone clinics in their area.
Fortunately, MethadoneClinic.com provides a clinic locator specifically for methadone clinics which can be found through an easy-to-use directory. Information is right at your fingertips, and any other details you need can be discovered through contacting the clinic itself, another action made easier by the directory. Below are step-by-step instructions of how to use our methadone clinic locator.
Step One: Find Methadone Clinics by State
Every state usually has a handful of methadone treatment centers. These are often localized in areas specifically in need of opioid addiction treatment options, especially bigger cities, but every state will allow you options to find the best, closest methadone treatment center.
First go to the directory at MethadoneClinic.com. This clinic locator will start by asking you in which state you want to search for methadone treatment. Choosing your home state, or the state you currently live in, may be the best way to start because looking for a methadone clinic close by has many benefits including
- Being more cost effective and reducing the need to travel
- Being accessible in its proximity to where you live
- Especially important if this facility is an outpatient methadone treatment center
- Being close enough for friends and relatives to visit, to attend therapy with you (if necessary), or even to help you get to and from treatment
- Being in an area with which you are familiar and comfortable
- Being “readily available” and not requiring patients to spend a longer time planning how they will get to their treatment center.
- According to the NIDA, it is extremely important for treatment to be readily available to patients. “Potential patients can be lost if treatment is not immediately available or readily accessible. As with other chronic, diseases, the earlier treatment is offered in the disease process, the greater the likelihood of positive outcomes.”
If instead you decide to attend treatment in another state for other reasons (you need to get away from a toxic environment, you need to be protected from those who might harm you, you need a fresh start, etc.), you can also explore the other states and the centers listed there. Click on the state name of your choice and you will be brought to a separate page.
Step Two: Find Methadone Clinics by City
You will then receive a list of cities in the state of your choosing that have one or more methadone clinics listed with MethadoneClinic.com. If you do not see your city or town specifically, it may be best to choose the one that is closest to you.
The larger cities usually have more methadone clinics available, but some rural areas might also offer one or two clinics where a person can receive methadone treatment. It’s best to start with the area closest to you and then expand if need be. Click on the city, town, or area you choose in order to be taken to the next page.
Step Three: Choose a Methadone Clinic
The area you choose may provide one or more facilities. You will see the name of each methadone clinic, an address, and a View Details button. Take your time in this stage and consider the different facilities so that you know all of your options before you proceed.
- Ask yourself if you know the locations of any of these facilities.
- Consider whether or not they are nearer to or farer from where you live than one another.
- Ask yourself if you have any friends who live close to one of these facilities.
- If you can, consider what the milage would be and what your gas might cost going to and from the facility each day or if there is a bus route that goes through there. According to the CDC, methadone is taken “once daily” which often means you will need to visit the facility every day.
If you are uncertain of any of this, that is okay. There will still be more information provided for each facility. If one methadone clinic seems particularly promising, click View Details in that clinic’s box. If no one facility has anything more beneficial than another (that you can find), look at the information for each one.
Step Four: View Details of a Specific Clinic
When you choose a clinic, you will be given several pieces of information that might help you decide if that particular clinic is right for you.
- The address of the facility and a map that allows you to see the streets and other buildings of note nearby. You can zoom in and out on the map by hovering your cursor over it and using the mouse wheel.
- The phone number of the facility. You can now call the specific clinic and ask them any important questions you may have including:
- The cost of treatment
- The success rate of the facility
- The types of treatment available
- The length of treatment
- The payment policies of the clinic
- In some cases, you may be able to visit the website of the specific facility by clicking the blue button that reads Visit Website. This can also help you learn a lot more about a particular clinic and its policies.
If this facility does not seem like a match to you for whatever reason, you will also find a list of other methadone clinics that are near to the one you chose. Clicking on one of them will bring you to the page for that specific clinic with the same information as stated above.
Step Five: Calling for Help
If you feel that you are dealing with a problem that cannot be helped by the website, a banner with a toll-free number is always listed above. Calling 800-530-0431Who Answers? will connect you with a methadone counselor who can answer your questions about the website or treatment if necessary.