Methadone is a manufactured opioid. It is mainly used to treat individuals with an opiate addiction. High doses of methadone will block the euphoric feelings created by other opiates like heroin and morphine. Street names for methadone include meth, junk, dollies, phy, and salvia.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a methadone addiction, please call us to learn more about our methadone detox program.
- In 2012, methadone caused more than 30% of the deaths related to opioid use in the USA
- Approximately 120,000 people take methadone to control their heroin addiction
- 20% of methadone patients continue the opiate-substitute treatment for more than a decade
- In 2004, medical examiners attributed almost 4,000 deaths to methadone
Methadone Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Most people who use methadone are using it so they can stop using heroin. Methadone eases heroin withdrawal symptoms while negating the “high” brought on by heroin use. Methadone is effective in treating heroin addicts, however it can become just as addicting both physically and psychologically.
Most methadone addicts will exhibit negative behaviors similar to the behaviors of other drug addicts. They may lie about their methadone use or deny they have a problem. Sometimes a methadone addict will withdraw from family and friends or favorite activities. The methadone is slightly healthier than heroin, but it is still a drug addiction.
Symptoms of Methadone Abuse
- Slow breathing
- Inability to concentrate
- Irregular heart beat
- Weak feelings, fainting
Methadone addiction is very serious and withdrawal lasts for up to five or six weeks. Withdrawal symptoms may include anxiety, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, and drug cravings. If you are going through the symptoms of withdrawal, please contact us at the Drug Detox Center right away. You can call us at 1-888-387-6237. Do not quit methadone “cold turkey”, this can lead to very severe withdrawal symptoms. Tapering off of methadone must be done under medical supervision to prevent serious harm.
Methadone Detox and Treatment
Methadone addicts are required to complete our methadone detox process before they will be admitted to the rehab center. The methadone detox process MUST be completed under medical supervision because withdrawal symptoms can be very serious. At the Drug Detox Center, our doctors may prescribe non-addictive medications to ease withdrawal symptoms in patients during methadone detox.
Methadone detox usually lasts 5 to 6 weeks which is much longer than other drug detoxes. After the detox process is complete, clients will begin our methadone detox treatment program at the rehab center. Our trained and licensed staff will be there every step of the way to help clients discover the reasons why they became addicted. Our methadone detox program combines group therapies, recreational activities, and education to teach the clients proper life skills. We want our clients to learn how to face life’s challenges without turning to drugs. We offer different therapy programs like art and music therapy, behavioral therapy, and family therapy.
We believe in our family therapy program because we feel the family is an integral part of the recovery process. Addiction therapists will meet with the client and the family to teach new, healthy means of communication. We will also teach the family how to be supportive of the addict.
Please call us now to speak to one of our trained staff members. They will be able to answer all of your questions about methadone detox and will help you decide the best options for treatment.