Program Overview:  Methadone Maintenance Treatment

The following information is provided to give you an idea of what to expect from a Methadone Maintenance Treatment program at Williamsport Family Medical Center. If you have additional questions, contact us.

Getting Started

Initial Interview

The first thing to do is to schedule an interview with us. In that interview, a staff member will meet with you to answer questions and explain what you'll need to know about services, fees, guidelines, and the admission process to help you decide what to do next.

To be admitted:

  • You must be ready to participate voluntarily.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have one year of dependence on heroin or other opiates before admission. (The one-year requirement is waived for pregnant women or HIV-positive patients.)
  • You will need to show a photo ID.

Call or stop in to schedule an interview.

Medical Check

After the interview, the next step is that you'll receive a medical exam to help us understand your medical history. The exam will include blood work and urine samples. If you are pregnant, you'll be referred for prenatal care and follow-up.

Next Steps

Once admitted for a methadone treatment program, a counselor will work with you to understand your needs and develop an individualized treatment program.

As you begin treatment there will be a period of adjustment as you adjust to daily medication.

Your program will progress based on your goals, choices, and a customized plan that you agree to.

Lastly, you will decide whether you want to continue with an ongoing, long-term methadone maintenance program or discontinue use of methadone. Some people find that they can return to a fully functioning and rewarding life while continuing methadone maintenance. Others prefer to stop using it altogether.

It's important to note that it is very dangerous to stop methadone treatment abruptly because of severe withdrawal symptoms. If you decide that you want to discontinue methadone maintenance, your counselor and the medical staff will guide you through a "weaning" process to gradually reduce your doses to safely discontinue the medication. 


Whether you continue with methadone maintenance or gradually discontinue use through a doctor-directed weaning process, we define your program a success when:

  • You are living your life free from all illicit drug use and abuse.
  • You have made real improvements in relationships with family and friends.
  • You function better as a parent, worker, or caregiver.
  • You are involved in other constructive activities, such as support groups, social activities, recreation, and hobbies.

Rights & Responsibilities

The following information is shared to give you an idea of our recovery philosophy and what will be expected of you to be successful in our methadone program.

Here is what we promise you:

  • Individualized treatment and services in a safe environment.
  • Treatment provided within the least restrictive environment possible.
  • You will not be deprived of any civil right because of your treatment.
  • Services will never be withheld because of your age, race, creed, sex, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, handicap, or religion.
  • Your confidentiality is protected by federal and state laws and regulations.
  • We will treat you with respect.

One of the most important aspects of your program will be your own participation. Ultimately, you will be responsible for your own success. If you are a danger to yourself or others or if you choose not to participate in your recovery plan, you can be dismissed from the program. To support your best chance for success and ensure a safe environment for all, here is what we expect of you:

  • Take your treatment seriously and be responsible for keeping appointments and paying fees on time.
  • Treat yourself, other patients, and the staff with respect. Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated.
  • We do not allow weapons, illicit drugs, or alcohol at the treatment center.

All of the above and more will be fully explained to you when you begin treatment. To get started or if you have questions, contact us.