Methadone Clinics in Reading

Name rehabsAddressPhone
New Directions Treatment Services20-22 North 6th Avenue Reading, PA 19611(610) 478-064631

Rules and Regulations

Reading adheres to strict regulations regarding methadone clinics, outlined by federal and state agencies to ensure safe and effective treatment. Clinics must be certified and provide counseling along with medication.

Certification Procedures

Methadone clinics must be certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and licensed by the state. Staff must meet training requirements.

Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Methadone treatment is effective in treating opioid addiction, preventing withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, supporting recovery programs, and allowing people to function normally and hold jobs.

How Clinics Operate and Their Purpose

Methadone clinics provide daily supervised methadone doses and counseling to those recovering from opioid addiction. The purpose is to facilitate recovery without disruptive symptoms.

Insurance Coverage

Medicaid and some private insurance plans cover methadone treatment. Those without insurance may seek treatment at state-funded programs or private clinics with sliding-scale fees.

Free Clinics

Some nonprofit clinics provide free methadone treatment funded by grants and donations for those meeting income criteria. These have limited capacity.

Drug Use in Reading

The opioid crisis has been declared a nationwide public health emergency. In Reading and surrounding Berks County, the impact has been significant:

  • Overdose deaths increased by over 30% from 2015 to 2016 based on coroner reports
  • Heroin and fentanyl are involved in over 60% of overdose cases
  • Alcohol and methamphetamine remain prevalent substances of abuse

To combat this crisis, a range of addiction treatment options exist in the Reading area both inpatient and outpatient.

Addiction Treatment Overview

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient facilities provide 24/7 supervised care including detoxification, individual and group counseling, medication management and aftercare planning. Typical stays range from 28-90 days. Reading facilities offer medical detox, 12-step integration and holistic therapies.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient programs offer similar services to inpatient but allow the individual to reside at home. Care is provided on a structured schedule, usually 3-5 days per week for several hours at a time. Programs run from 90 days up to a year.

Treatment Availability

Over 15 state-licensed treatment facilities operate in Reading and Berks County ranging from hospital Methadone Treatment

Comparison to Nearby Allentown, PA

Treatment Centers15+20+
Inpatient BedsUnknown500+
Cost of Treatment$15,000+/month$10,000+/month

Methadone Treatment

What is Methadone

Methadone is a long-acting opioid agonist medication used to treat opioid use disorder and prevent withdrawal symptoms. It binds to opioid receptors in the brain, reducing cravings and block euphoric effects of other opioids. Methadone is taken orally once daily in opioid treatment programs (OTPs).

Methadone activates opioid receptors as an agonist, preventing painful withdrawal symptoms without providing a “high”, allowing people with opioid addictions to function normally. Methadone is only provided through monitored OTPs to reduce misuse potential. Patients must visit clinics daily for observed dose administration.

Methadone treatment is controversial, with some seeing it as “trading one addiction for another.” However, research shows methadone helps people control addictions, hold jobs, and reduce crime when properly managed. Stigma remains a barrier to access and adherence.

Methadone tricks the brain into thinking it is still getting other opioids, preventing withdrawal symptoms. This allows people recovering from addiction to avoid drug cravings and focus on rebuilding their lives.

Methadone Distribution

Description of monitoring and regulations:

  • Urine testing: Methadone maintenance patients must undergo at least eight tests in the first year of treatment to ensure no other opioid use.
  • Take-home requirements: During the first 14 days of treatment, the take-home supply of methadone is limited to a 24-hour supply. More take-home doses are allowed over time with demonstrated progress.
  • Monitoring: Methadone treatment programs should have an interprofessional team of medical, counseling, and social work staff monitoring patient progress.
  • Prescription drug monitoring: Clinicians should review prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data to carefully cross-reference other opioid medications, as methadone overdose risk increases when combined with other substances.

Methadone Treatment Effectiveness Research

Methadone is an effective medication for treating opioid use disorder used since 1947.

Evidence for Effectiveness

Studies show methadone reduces opioid use, disease transmission, and crime when properly managed:

  • 33% fewer opioid-positive drug tests
  • 4.44 times more likely to stay in treatment

Retention in treatment reduces overdose/disease transmission risk and increases employment

Major Drawbacks

  • Potential for misuse/diversion
  • Severe withdrawal symptoms if stopped suddenly
  • Possible QTc prolongation/cardiac issues
  • Respiratory depression/overdose risk when combined with other substances

Comparison to Other Medications

Equally effective as buprenorphine for reducing opioid use

Methadone has demonstrated benefits but also risks requiring careful management under monitoring in residential rehabs. There is also one methadone clinic serving the area. Exact capacity figures are not reported for this region.

About Reading

Location, County & Neighboring States

Reading is located in Berks County in southeastern Pennsylvania. It borders the states of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, and New York.

Capital and Largest City

The capital and largest city in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia.

Land Area

Reading has a total land area of 10.1 square miles.


Reading has an international airport, rail access via Norfolk Southern, highways including Route 222, public transit by BARTA buses, municipal water supplied by the Reading Area Water Authority from Lake Ontelaunee reservoir.

Population Statistics

Total Population

According to the 2020 census, the population of Reading was 80,297.



  • Male: 50.1%
  • Female: 49.9%

Age Brackets

  • Under 18 years: 28.7%
  • 18 to 64 years: 57.3%
  • 65 years and over: 14%


  • Management, business, science, and arts occupations: 30.2%
  • Service occupations: 26.4%
  • Sales and office occupations: 23.6%
  • Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations: 12.8%
  • Production, transportation, and material moving occupations: 7%