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What is Methadone?
Methadone may be referred to by the following street names: juice, dollies, dolls, junk, metho, fizzes, wafer, and Maria.
Methadone is available in liquid and pill form. Pill versions of Methadone appear different based on dose and manufacturer. Methadone is manufactured generally as 5mg and 10mg round white tablets. Liquid versions of Methadone are often marketed under the name Methadose and Methadose Sugar-Free. If it is formulated as a liquid, the dosage is 10mg, and maybe a red, cherry-flavored liquid concentrate or a dye-free, sugar-free, unflavored liquid concentrate.
Methadone became available in the mid-1900s as an alternative to Morphine. In 1947, it became available to the United States as a pain reliever; however, it was not until the 1960s when it started to be used to address opioid addiction. The American government began regulating the treatment of addiction to heroin with methadone in 1971. Subsequently, in 2001 regulations were altered to allow health care providers the ability to provide methadone more steadily to individuals with addiction. Methadone is less expensive than other prescription painkillers, which has increased its popularity over the years.
Methadone Addiction Treatment Programs
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we treat addiction with 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. It is imperative that individuals struggling with addiction develop the appropriate skills to prevent relapse and to promote healthier ways to cope with situations that do not include the use of mood- or mind-altering substances.
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Methadone Detox Treatment
Medical and supervised detox is necessary for the safety of the individuals who have using methadone for months or years. Patients often need a structured medical component to ensure they can be safe and comfortable throughout their detox process. Drug rehab will often follow methadone medical detox treatment.
What is the difference between Methadone and Suboxone? Learn more here.
Methadone Intensive Outpatient Treatment
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 want the flexibility to return to work, school, family, or sober living. Learn more about our methadone intensive outpatient treatment program.
Methadone Rehab Aftercare Treatment
Outpatient treatment is provided as aftercare services once an individual has completed methadone rehab. Individual and group therapy will be provided based on an individual’s ongoing needs. Learn more about our methadone rehab aftercare.
Methadone Treatment Medications
Certain medications, such as anti-craving prescriptions like Naltrexone, may be integrated into the course of treatment to help reduce cravings for methadone based on medical assessments. Learn more about medication-assisted treatment.
Signs & Effects of Methadone Use
Methadone can be used to block the high received from codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone, as well as to ease the symptoms of withdrawal from opioids for up to 72 hours. 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.
How Long Methadone Lasts
The length of time that methadone may remain in your system is dependent on several individual factors, as well as the amount and duration of time it 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 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. Research shows that entering a methadone drug rehab and receiving comprehensive addiction treatment is effective at treating methadone addiction.
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. It is imperative that an individual is 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.
High Risk of Methadone Use
Methadone should not be used in combination with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system depressants, including alcohol. If ingested together, the risk of respiratory depression, profound sedation, coma, and death are significantly higher. Many people abusing Methadone may mix it with several other drugs to attempt to recreate a high they initially experienced with other opioids resulting in a high risk of overdose. Studies show that approximately one-third of all prescription pain killer overdoses involves Methadone.
Our Methadone Treatment Center
All of our methadone addiction treatment programs include weekly individual therapy sessions as well as 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.
We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.