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Methadone Addiction Treatment

What is Methadone?

Methadone is a long-acting synthetic opioid painkiller used to treat individuals who suffer from addiction to opioid drugs, such as heroin or prescription pain medications.

When used as prescribed, methadone can be helpful to treat opioid addiction, but it too can be addictive.

Methadone prescriptions are closely medically supervised when used in opioid treatment programs. This is because methadone works on the brain by binding to the same receptors as other opioid drugs like heroin. This is why some people can become addicted to methadone.

Since methadone remains in the body for a long time, it helps block the euphoric effects of other opiate drug abuse and lessen painful symptoms of withdrawal from these drugs.


Methadone Addiction Treatment Programs

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, treatment for opioid addiction involves individual therapy and group therapy combined with medical and holistic approaches, working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and treating the individual with evidenced-based modalities.

Patients have the opportunity to address core issues with their therapist, build support networks with peers, discuss medical conditions with our staff doctor, and work with our staff psychiatrist to treat any mental health conditions and identify an effective medication regimen.

It is not uncommon for individuals who develop an addiction to opioid medication to have chronic pain. Thus it is crucial to learn various new ways to manage that pain without relapsing. In addition, individuals struggling with addiction must develop the appropriate skills to prevent relapse and promote healthier ways to cope with situations that do not include mood- or mind-altering substances.

Detox Program

The first in the treatment plan for opioid use disorders is generally a medically supervised detox program. Here, medical professionals can control the dose of methadone to manage withdrawal symptoms and begin the healing process. Learn more about our opioid detox program today.

Inpatient Treatment

After completing medical detox, patients seeking treatment for methadone addiction enroll in inpatient drug rehab. This level of care offers structured therapy and support during the early stages of recovery.

Synthetic opioids caused nearly thirty thousand overdose opioid-related deaths in the United States in 2017. Fortunately, with the right treatment plan, patients can find long-lasting recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Many individuals seek continued care after residential care and enroll in intensive outpatient treatment or IOP. Outpatient drug rehab is ideal for individuals who want to continue methadone addiction treatment and enjoy the flexibility to return to work, school, family, or sober living. Learn more about our methadone intensive outpatient treatment program.

Outpatient Program

Outpatient treatment is provided as aftercare services once an individual has completed methadone rehab. In addition, individual and group therapy will be provided based on an individual’s ongoing needs. Learn more about our methadone rehab aftercare.

Learn More About Methadone Addiction

As methadone has increasingly been used to treat pain, not just opioid addiction, more of this long-acting opiate has become available to people who abuse drugs. When an individual abuses methadone for recreational purposes, the person is at a much higher risk of developing an addiction to this medication.

Side Effects of Methadone

Methadone can be used to block the high received from codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone and ease the symptoms of withdrawal from opioids for up to 72 hours. In addition, the desirable effects of methadone are similar to those of other opioid medications in providing a euphoric feeling and a decreased pain sensation.

Symptoms of Methadone use may include weakness, headache, confusion, drowsiness, constipation, weight gain, slowed breathing, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, loss of appetite, dry mouth, sexual problems, missed menstrual periods, insomnia, slow reflexes, difficulty concentrating, vision problems, and constricted pupils.

Long-Term Risks of Methadone Use

Usually, when an individual attempts to stop using opioids, the withdrawal process is uncomfortable but not always life-threatening; however, Methadone withdrawal is an exception. If someone has been using in large quantities or for extended periods, abruptly stopping the intake of Methadone can lead to breathing difficulty, heart problems, or seizures. Therefore, an individual must be monitored through medical detox throughout their withdrawal process to mitigate the risk of these potentially life-threatening symptoms.

Methadone is considered a long-acting opioid; thus, withdrawal symptoms may begin approximately 2-3 days following the last use. Methadone withdrawal symptoms will reach peak intensity in 4-6 days; however, withdrawal symptoms may last for 14 days or more.

Common withdrawal symptoms include the following: insomnia, anxiety, muscle pain/spasms, bone/joint pain, sweating, runny nose, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, rapid pulse, tachycardia, dilated pupils, watery eyes, fever, chills, and goose flesh. If you are experiencing the effects of methadone withdrawal, you should seek medical attention.

How Long Methadone Lasts

The length of time that methadone may remain in your system depends on several individual factors and the amount and duration of time it is used. Methadone is estimated to stay in your system anywhere from 2 to 13 days.

However, it can remain for much more extended periods depending on the method of testing. Methadone can appear in urine samples 1 hour after use up to 2 weeks following the last consumption. Methadone is detectable from hair follicle tests. However, hair follicle testing is most helpful for analyzing long-term use as traces of the drug may appear for several months after application.

Methadone Maintenance Treatment

Methadone is a drug that helps to ease the severity of withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification process. It is a synthetic, prescription opioid that acts as a painkiller with a slower onset and does not provide the same high as other opioids; however, it still offers desirable effects of other opioids that some find appealing.

Brand names of Methadone include Dolophine, Methadone HCI Intensol, Methadose, and Methadose Sugar-Free. If used appropriately, it can be a positive resource for some. However, this drug can be misused, which can lead to methadone addiction and dependence.

Individuals who develop methadone addiction gradually rely more and more on the drug to ease symptoms of minor aches and pains, which results in increased tolerance for the drug and the potential to develop an addiction. Methadone is a controversial medication due to the high instances of abuse and misuse. However, research shows that entering a methadone drug rehab and receiving comprehensive addiction treatment effectively treats methadone addiction.

Talk to an Admission Specialist

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment to remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about the risks of drug abuse and to learn more about alcohol or drugs addiction treatment.


Our Methadone Treatment Center

All of our methadone addiction treatment programs include weekly individual therapy sessions and intensive group therapy each week. During these sessions, patients learn coping skills such as mindfulness, learn about how addiction progresses, process emotions and complicated feelings, and learn skills for relapse prevention.

Furthermore, patients have the opportunity to engage in intense trauma work to uncover the underlying issues resulting in their continuous, chronic use of drugs and alcohol. Patients also have access to medical staff weekly for medication management and care for medical and mental health diagnoses.

We also work with many community providers to offer auxiliary services such as gym access, community events, and more.

Does Insurance Cover Methadone Rehab?

Insurance plans will cover some or all the cost of methadone addiction rehab programs. Individual insurance companies each have their requirements to determine coverage and authorization. If you or a loved one is considering entering methadone addiction treatment and are looking to obtain detailed information about your insurance plan, call our trained and compassionate staff today. We are committed to working with you to find a program that meets your needs, budget and will help free you from the bondage of addiction.



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