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Opioid Treatment Program

opioid-treatmentADS’ Opioid Treatment Program is state-of-the-art, CARF accredited, and has been in operation for over 35 years in the local Triad community. ADS has had a wonderful opportunity to serve many thousands of clients over this time period, and we have refined our Opioid Treatment Program with the input of many dedicated professionals and motivated clients.

ADS’ opioid treatment program currently utilizes methadone as the leading medically-approved opioid replacement therapy for treating opioid dependency.

opioid-treatment2This approach has provided many people, suffering with an opioid addiction, a new lease on life as they stepped onto the path of recovery looking for a new beginning. Methadone is a highly effective medication for relieving painful opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Importantly, ADS is a treatment & recovery focused program. In addition to receiving methadone medication, our clients participate in individual and group counseling as well as random drug testing. ADS places great emphasis on client safety and enjoys a reputation as a quality clinic and treatment program that fosters personal growth. Browse the tabs below for more information on our opioid treatment services.


Methadone has been in use for over 40 years as a primary treatment for opioid addiction. It is a synthetic opioid, taken orally, that binds to opiate receptor sites in the brain and stops the uncomfortable opioid withdrawal symptoms that so often lead to chronic drug relapse.

When taken as prescribed, Methadone is safe and effective. Once stabilized on the appropriate dosage, a person's opioid withdrawal symptoms will end thus providing an individual with relief and the opportunity to refocus their energy and their life on significant goals.

The prescription for methadone is written by ADS' program physician and administered to clients by a staff nurse. The medication is taken each day, and does not interfere with a person's ability to work or meet other responsibilities.

Random urinalysis drug testing is used to help clients measure their success and make necessary changes in lifestyle and behavioral choices. For those clients enrolled in the opioid treatment program, ADS promotes complete abstinence from all illicit substances.

Random drug testing acts to help clients work toward the abstinence goal while reinforcing their success and demonstrating their ability to move forward in the recovery process.

Individual counseling is provided to every client in the ADS Opioid Treatment Program. This service allows each client to receive private, personal attention from their primary counselor in order to address treatment goals and other issues that are relevant to the client's addiction recovery.

Individual counseling sessions are scheduled at the front desk. They may include family, friends, or other community supports at the request & direction of the client. Individual counseling is ideal for skill-building and learning new coping skills for better managing a variety of life challenges & problems.

Group counseling is the opioid program's main treatment modality and offers valuable addiction education, strategies for avoiding relapse, new avenues for building support, and a host of other skill-building experiences for clients.

Groups are offered at different times during the week so that clients will have a variety of choices that will accommodate their schedules. All group counseling sessions are facilitated by degreed professional counselors holding various certifications or licenses awarded by the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.

ADS is able to assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of mental health issues that clients may be experiencing in addition to their substance abuse disorder. Co-occurring problems like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or attention deficit can be effectively treated by the ADS staff psychiatrist. Helping clients to manage psychiatric symptoms greatly enhances the recovery process.

ADS also works cooperatively with outside mental health providers since some clients receive their psychiatric care from another professional.

Addressing mental health concerns is a very important piece of the overall addiction recovery effort. ADS has a long history of assisting clients in the successful management of other mental health disorders.


U.S. Government research indicates that there are more than 2 million people presently dependent on opioids in the United States.

It is often wrongly assumed that those who qualify for opioid treatment are probably addicted to heroin. In fact, the majority of people in the country suffering with opioid dependence are using prescribed oral pain medication. While heroin is still readily available and a definite social problem, it no longer constitutes the core of the opioid addiction epidemic in America.

Ongoing use of opioids can lead to tolerance and dependence on the drug, even for those who received a legitimate prescription for short-term pain management. Some people develop an opioid dependency and find themselves unable to function without opioids. This trend has increased in recent years as have the number of accidental overdose deaths from opioid addiction.

As a community, it is important to get the word out that opioids can be highly addictive. Anyone receiving a prescription for pain medication should consult with their physician and establish a clear timeline for when they are to take their medication and for how long. Prescriptions should always be safeguarded and specifically kept away from teenagers and out of the reach of children.

Opioid prescriptions should never be shared or given to another individual. When the medication is no longer needed, it should be appropriately discarded or dropped off at the Greensboro Police Department where they will destroy any unused portion.

Regarding Opioid Treatment Programs and the use of methadone or suboxone, it is important that we all continue to educate the community on the value of these medically-approved, life saving treatment interventions. There remains a stigma in society about opioid addiction and the use of opioid replacement therapies (like methadone). However, these biases are a result of misinformation and a lack of education on effective opioid treatments.

Methadone is a proven approach in successfully treating opioid addiction and is supported through many years of exhaustive research performed by both U.S. and International researchers. The use of methadone in opioid addiction treatment is widely regarded as a "best practice" treatment intervention and it has saved many lives.

Most often, the answer is yes! Recovering from drug addiction is not easy. Recovering from an opioid addiction can be especially problematic because of the severe physiological dependency and resulting painful withdrawal symptoms.

Many addicted people have tried to quit "cold turkey" with the intention of never returning to opioid use again. However, due to the severe physical withdrawal symptoms which emerge when they quit using, they find themselves right back again on illegal or "street" opioids to end their suffering. This seemingly perpetual cycle can be very demoralizing. Many addicted people give up hope.

Opioid Treatment represents a new start and new approach for those who have been stuck in an endless cycle of addiction. Opioid replacement therapy eliminates the vicious cycle of getting sick, seeking opiates, and then repeating the process all over again. Once stabilized on methadone, individuals typically refrain from further illicit opiates, they feel better physically and emotionally, and become able to resume their life & responsibilities again.

Treatment provides many tools, expert guidance, and much needed support to people who are desperately trying to deal with their addiction. Sadly, many people have died never realizing that Opioid Treatment could have saved their lives. The opportunity to change and to restore one's life is always available. It is never too late to seek recovery. Choosing treatment is a personal decision to begin living in the solution.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

  • diarrhea
  • nausea, vomiting
  • leg or abdominal cramping
  • body ache or twitching muscles
  • chills or goose flesh
  • body or limb tremor
  • watering eyes, runny nose
  • sweating
  • dilated pupils
  • headache
  • insomnia, restlessness
  • severe fatigue
  • loss of appetite, weight loss
  • depression, anxiety
  • agitation
  • difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly


To Enroll in the Opioid Treatment Program
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or call 1-855-801-9817

To Be Eligible for Opioid Treatment at ADS

  • you must be at least 18 years of age
  • you have already tried other interventions that were not successful such as opioid detox, inpatient rehab for opioids, or outpatient counseling specifically for opioid dependency
  • your ADS drug test must be completely free of benzodiazepines (klonopin, xanax, valium, ativan, or other benz)
  • you have reliable transportation to the ADS clinic in Greensboro
  • you recognize that counseling is a critical component of ADS' Opioid Program and you agree to attend all required counseling sessions
  • you are committed to total drug abstinence and will conscientiously strive to remain free of alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit substances while in treatment
  • you desire a peaceful treatment atmosphere in which personal responsibility and respect toward staff and clients is the norm


Steps for Seeking Opioid Treatment at ADS

  • call ADS to discuss your opioid problem, or submit a callback form online to provide us those details
  • a counselor will then contact you about the ADS program, your treatment options, and your eligibility for services
  • if accepted into the ADS Opioid Program, you will be provided several intake appointments and a physical exam
  • once intake is completed, you will receive methadone medication and be scheduled for counseling sessions


For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Read more about Methadone Dosage here.

Read Heroin Facts & Information here.