Methadone Addiction Treatment and Recovery
Methadone addiction treatment follows the same pattern as treatment for other opiates. First, the patient enters a detoxification unit and participates in either a program of gradual reduction of the drug or a rapid detoxification in which medication to deal with withdrawal symptoms while unconscious is administered. During detox, the individual experiences the full range of withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Difficulty sleeping
After the detoxification process, the individual enters an inpatient rehabilitation center for at least 90 days. A therapeutic community approach helps the patient develop new ways to cope with problems and reorganize his or her life in order to create distance from the conditions that contributed to the addiction. For teenaged addicts, other successful treatment programs include wilderness recovery programs, therapeutic boarding schools or outpatient therapy. A post-rehabilitation support community and program are always needed.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid developed and used primarily for the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction. When properly administered, it’s an effective substitute for heroin, morphine, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet and other synthetic opiates and opium derivatives.
Methadone’s effects are a long-lasting, and can relieve withdrawal symptoms of other drugs. Patients participating in a well-supervised and monitored treatment program can reduce or eliminate use of other opioids.
Methadone Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Controversy surrounds methadone treatments and clinics. Opponents believe it’s merely one addictive substance substituting another, much like the development of heroin as a treatment for morphine addiction. Because methadone replicates the same effects as opiates, its addiction has similar physical and psychological characteristics, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Lowered sex drive
- Tooth decay
Use of methadone by pregnant women adversely affects the fetus, often born addicted to the drug.
If you feel you or your loved one must be placed in a rehabilitation treatment center for methadone addiction, please call 888-373-5963 or fill out a patient placement form and The Way Out Recovery will aid in placement.