Ratings for Dr. Bonnie Madonik
Refused to take me on because she “didn’t have time”. I’m a health care professional who requires monitoring by an addiction specialist for the sake of my license. Addiction specialists don’t grow on trees, and the ones who take on health care providers are even fewer. I’m facing suspension due to the amount of time I’ve gone without one after moving away from my precious Dr. Despite this info Dr Madonik looked me in the eye and said she doesn’t have time to help me, and offered no further advice or referral. At no other job can someone refuse to do work because it’s time consuming. This was heart breaking and I’m still disgusted that it happened.
She is a very smart doctor but I would have to agree with some of the negative comments below. I found her to be very judgemental and critical of patients. She is very quick to prejudge people and scold them based on their past mistakes or choices. I was patient in her CORE program. It was a very well designed program and it helped me a lot. The other staff working in the program were also very well trained. The one on one councilors were excellent. Regretfully, I was sad at her approach of trying to help me on the medicine side of the program. She was reluctant to prescribe anything to help my anxiety other than the "SAFE" drugs like SEROQUIL AND ABILIFY that did not at all address my anxiety & sleep issues but were more targeted at people with Bipolar disorder that did not apply to me. It is sad how doctors label people with mental health issues as simply addicts because of the past mistakes they have made. Doctors like Dr Madonik seemed reluctant to want to help me because of the scrutiny that doctors are facing with guidelines to prescription safe practices. I have been suffering and plagued with anxiety ever since I last saw her and I wish she would have helped me. I have visited many hospitals for suicide thoughts/attempts because my anxiety levels have reached such high leves and could not even walk in public or ride a buss. I caution anyone using her as a last resource. She passed me off to CAMH and said she never wanted to see me again. There are plenty of other great addiction doctors out there. Never think because she could not help you that there is no hope. Find the doctor that works right for you and it can change your life.
I found a doctor I could trust,who would not judge me....after all these years. She listened to me, she treated us all with respect in the group. I never thought I would ever trust anybody with my stuff, until I met Dr. M. I'm sober today because of her. Thanks, Dr. M
Dr. Madonik has been the most knowledgeable doctor I have met who has tried to help me with my addiction---oxys and all the rest. No judgement. Referred me to the best liver doctor. I came back to her program, and she saw me individually where I could talk more openly about my stuff, my so -called "PTSD". I know now there's no cure for this, but I believe my life is getting better and I'm getting stronger. Always encouraged me. I'm not the easiest person to work with I know, but she saved my life. thanks Dr. Madonik
Dr. Madonik spent so much time listening to me, and asking me about what I thought I needed to stop the drugs. I went into the Program. Every person was treated with respect by Dr. M, and she set the rules,yet there are rules, like, you can say whatever you need to say as long as you say it with respect to the other person. We all felt safe in her group. I asked to stay longer....never thought I would ever want to stay longer in any treatment. Then when she met me on my own, I was able to talk about my depression that was killing me, made me want to use. She helped me through that rough patch....and it wasn't easy. Thanks Dr. M. I've got my life back.
Dr. M supported me with a letter to the court. She wrote how she believed that all my charges happened when I was using. She said that going the route of "health" would help me more than being sent to jail, where I would most certainly relapse. Wow. I couldn't believe it. I still see her and what does she say.....no matter what, keep coming back. She told me that people don't get kicked out of treatment for a relapse. First time I heard that. She says, "relapse is about learning, not punishing". This doctor is the real deal. Thanks Dr. M.
Treats every patient and addiction the same way no matter what the situation is. Most disrespectful, judgmental doctor I have ever met. I'd recommend CAMH if you want real help with addiction. All she did was tell me to get clean on my own, and when I was clean she'd put me on a waiting list for day rehab which wouldn't have worked for me. I tried to explain to her that there was other factors involved but she dismissed them. Turned out I had thyroid cancer and that played a large factor on my moods and addiction.
My gambling addiction was ruining my life. I had a huge inheritance that I gambled away, my family disowned, I was fired from the best job of my life, and I didn't have a reason to live. I decided to give it one last time. I went to Dr Madonik. If I hadn't met her, that would have been it for me, I didn't want to live, I couldn't stop gambling and it cost me everything. Other doctors and therapists tried to help, but it wasn't until Dr. Madonik accepted me as a patient that I started to believe life without gambling was possible. I'm still living one day at a time, but I'm still living.....and I have hope. Thanks, Dr. Madonik
I said I didn't want to label myself an addict. Dr. Madonik asked me, are the drugs a problem in my life? That was the first time I wasn't labelled an "addict". She said that to her labels weren't important. The only thing that counted was if I wanted to make a change from what I was doing. It got better from there. Not easy, just better. I never felt like "just another patient" with Madonik. She never gave up on me. I'm still working at it, but now I have a real chance for a different life. Thanks, Dr. Madonik
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