Methadone Addiction Help-Line

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Methadone Addiction Treatment

Methadone is a synthetic opiate that is generally used medically to treat chronic pain and as a substitute drug for heroin and other opiates. Many individuals go from being a heroin addict to becoming a Methadone addict, and continue this form of "treatment" for years as a way to avoid the withdrawal symptoms that will occur if they discontinue use of the drug. Methadone acts on the opioid receptors and produces many of the same effects as heroin. In a blind trial, individuals who were given heroin and Methadone orally could not tell the difference between the two drugs.  Because of the effects of Methadone, including the feeling of profound relaxation and intense euphoria, this drug is often abused. When an individual uses Methadone frequently and regularly, they can develop a tolerance and a physical and psychological dependence to the drug, which will eventually develop into an addiction. It is at this point that an individual should seek treatment at a drug rehab with a high success rate in treating Methadone addiction. The main goal of Methadone addiction treatment is to enable the individual to achieve a state of long term abstinence.

The first step in Methadone addiction treatment is detox. The detoxification process is used to rid the body of all of the toxins that have accumulated during the time that an individual has been abusing drugs. In Methadone use the drug is stored in the tissues of the body, and because of this, it can be one of the most difficult drugs to detox from. During the detox period, an individual will experience withdrawal symptoms, due to the absence of Methadone in the body. Methadone withdrawal symptoms can include, feeling light headed, vomiting, paranoid delusions, high blood pressure, vomiting and nausea, chills, fever, tremors, achiness, tremors, prolonged insomnia, agitation and anxiety. In a quality inpatient  Methadone treatment center, an individual that is going through Methadone detox will have around the clock support, and professionals available to help to make the person as comfortable as possible during this arduous process.

The type of Methadone addiction treatment that is administered will depend on various factors, including how long the individual has been dependent on the drug and on the dosage of the drug that was being used. Once the most difficult stages of the Methadone withdrawal are over, an individual can begin a directed drug treatment program to help address all of the aspects of their addiction. Overall, Methadone addiction treatment should be two pronged, addressing both the physical and psychological symptoms that are associated with the addiction to the drug. In addition, behavioral therapy and social education should be major components of the Methadone addiction treatment to help the individual to master the tools necessary to maintain their abstinence for the remainder of their life. Inpatient Methadone addiction treatment gives a person in rehab the opportunity to bond with other individuals that have gone through similar experiences which helps to create a solid support structure within the rehab environment. Relapse prevention education should be formally addressed in Methadone addiction treatment. This education should include identifying triggers, such as driving in the area close to the Methadone Clinic, and how to cope with or in some cases, learning to eliminate these triggers.   A quality treatment center will also offer some form of after- care which includes maintaining communication with the client after they have completed the rehab program and returned home. Based on much research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has determined that for the most positive outcome concerning any type of drug addiction, long term inpatient treatment is the best option that is available. There are several types of Methadone Addiction Treatment that are currently available including the following:

Holistic Methadone Addiction Treatment - This type of drug rehab program collectively addresses the body, mind and spirit. Holistic Methadone addiction treatment uses an all natural approach, often including nutritional supplements and exercise along with counseling as a part of the drug rehab program. The reason admissions to this type of treatment program have increased by almost 50% in the last several years is because of the high rate of success of this rehab process in treating drug and alcohol addictions. Because of the popularity of holistic drug treatment, many rehab center's claim to offer this form of drug treatment. This is not always an appropriate representation, as every form of drug recovery that states this claim does not always offer a genuine holistic approach.

Short Term Methadone Addiction Treatment - For Methadone addiction, this type of treatment is rarely recommended by experts in the field of substance abuse. The most significant reason for this is that whether Methadone is used as a substitute drug for heroin or whether it is used to treat chronic pain, both would usually take place over a very long period of time, and therefore the Methadone addiction would most likely be classified as severe. Short term treatment usually last an average of 4-6 weeks and could not possibly address fully all of the components of a drug rehab program that should be administered in the case of a severe long term addiction. In some cases, an individual must go to work during the treatment process or return home everyday to care for small children. In these specific cases, short term treatment may be the only option. In these instances, if the individual is highly motivated, this treatment may work for them.

Long Term Methadone Addiction Treatment - This form of treatment in Methadone addiction is by far the most successful.  The main reason this fact holds true is that long term Methadone addiction treatment allows enough time to fully embrace all of the components of the rehab program. There is also time to address all of the factors that may have contributed to the initial drug addiction. Finally, drug relapse prevention can be implemented and the individual can have the opportunity to master the tools that are necessary to help them to maintain their sobriety long term after returning home.

Because of the high incidences of deadly overdoses linked to Methadone addiction, there has never been a greater need for Methadone addiction treatment.  Methadone addiction is a serious problem-the serious solution is Methadone Addiction Treatment.

Methadone Facts

  • Many women don't have periods when they use opiates such as Methadone regularly. If they cut down, or stop, the periods may return.
  • Methadone does not have to be the way of life for former heroin addicts. Gradual cessation followed by a drug–free program of rehabilitation may be the answer for many sufferers.
  • Is Methadone maintenance treatment for life? Some patients remain in Methadone treatment for more than ten years, and even for the rest of their lives, but they constitute a minority (5 to 20%) of patients.
  • Methadone doesn't deliver the same degree of buzz or high as heroin. It allows people to tackle their psychological addiction and stabilize their lifestyle when used as a substitute for heroin. Such treatment is often continued for a long period of time in some cases.
  • Opiates such as methadone are sedative drugs that depress the nervous system. They slow down body functioning and reduce physical and psychological pain.
  • When used to treat narcotic addiction, Methadone maintenance suppresses withdrawal symptoms for 24 to 36 hours.
  • As with heroin, methadone detox can be a painful process, and without the help of trained professionals it can be riddled with withdrawal symptoms.
  • Methadone is only effective as a treatment for opiate addictions. It does not help with addictions to other drugs such as meth or cocaine.
  • Many former heroin users have claimed that the horrors of withdrawal from heroin were far less difficult and painful than withdrawal from Methadone addiction.
  • In the United States, methadone clinics prescribe and dose in liquid form only, per federal regulations.
  • Methadone generally entails the entire spectrum of opioid side effects, including the development of tolerance and physical and psychological dependence. Respiratory depressions are also dangerous. The released histamines caused by the drug can cause hypotension or bronchospasms. Other symptoms are: constipation, nausea or vomiting, sedation, vertigo, edema.
  • Methadone maintenance "treatment" is a billion–dollar industry in numerous countries around the world. In the US, Canada, and much of Europe and elsewhere, the practice continues to expand, lining the pockets of the drug companies, while addicts who actually want to get off drugs and improve their lives are strung out kept on methadone. They've bought the lie. And some of them defend it, thinking it really is "treatment".
  • Methadone works on the pleasure centers in the brain and creates a feeling of well–being.