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How to Find Methadone Addiction Treatment


Methadone is an extremely long lasting opioid. It is primarily used for the treatment of opiate addiction. Methadone works by intercepting opiate receptors, blocking opiate drugs from producing a high. It is often used in detoxification and maintenance programs for addicts suffering from heroin withdrawals. Taken orally once a day, methadone suppresses narcotic withdrawal between 24 to 36 hours of discontinued heroin, morphine, or other opioid drug use. Although methadone decreases the cravings associated with heroin use, it does not provide the same euphoric rush. Individuals on methadone maintenance do not experience the intense highs and lows of heroin withdrawal due to fluctuating blood levels. Although the patient is freed from compulsive and disruptive behavior seen in those going through opioid withdrawal, the patient ultimately remains addicted to the opioid. Some patients taper quickly of methadone treatment and are able to engage only in methadone maintenance. Others simply replace their opioid addiction with the use of methadone.

Withdrawal from methadone is considered less severe than withdrawal from other opiates such as heroin. However, withdrawal symptoms can last for several weeks. Withdrawal symptoms include, runny nose, tearing of eyes, fever, nausea, body aches, tremors, irritability, severe itching, and elevated blood pressure. Cognitive withdrawal symptoms from methadone include, depression, paranoia, panic disorder, visual and auditory hallucinations, spontaneous orgasm, and adrenal exhaustion.

Over the past few years methadone use has become more popular. Methadone is now sold as a street drug which makes it more accessible to addicts. Methadone addicts also score their drug through clinics and doctor prescription. Although methadone is supposed to block other opiates from producing a euphoric effect, many users report it to have little to no blocking effect.

The best option for methadone treatment is to check into a residential rehab facility. When entering a treatment center, addicts experience a safe detox, monitored by medical professionals. This helps addicts manage withdrawal symptoms. After detox, methadone addicts attend group therapy which can include, relapse prevention groups, codependency groups, and body image groups. In addition to group therapy, methadone addicts have individual therapy with a licensed therapist in drug addiction. The longer an addict stays in methadone maintenance treatment, the greater their chances are to remain sober.

It is important for those who are on methadone maintenance to ask themselves how long they plan to be taking methadone to counter act their addiction to other opiates. If addicts are not able to control their methadone or do not plan on stopping use, an inpatient treatment center is the best way to break the cycle.

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