Proudly serving Maine, our Methadone clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.
How It Works and Is It Safe?
How Methadone Treatment Works
Prescribed for the treatment of opioid dependency since the 1960s, Methadone carries decades of extensive clinical research behind it. This safe and effective medication provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while also eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Methadone is typically prescribed daily in the form of a liquid solution or dissolvable tablet that works within a patient’s central nervous system to provide relief from the discomforts associated with withdrawal. When patients are given the opportunity to avoid experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms, they are able to productively play a role in their recovery.
When taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a trained professional, the use of Methadone is extremely safe. Methadone is approved safe for short- and long-term use due to its non-toxic makeup. Side effects that occur while taking Methadone are typically temporary and take place when patients are first determining their appropriate dosage during the induction phase of treatment.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has advised that use of methadone is safe for pregnant women in the treatment of opioid addiction, as detrimental health risks will not occur to either the baby or the mother.
The use of Methadone outside of its prescribed guidelines can be extremely dangerous. Overdosing on this medication can occur when used for recreational purposes. One-third of all prescription medication fatalities that take place each year are due to Methadone overdose. However, it is extremely important to clarify that these deaths were linked to abuse of Methadone. When Methadone is taken as prescribed within a licensed treatment center, use of this medication is extremely safe.
The Effectiveness of Treatment
The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), treatment programs that utilize methadone are the most effective treatment options currently available for individuals who are battling addictions to opioids. Clinical studies have confirmed that methadone is extremely safe and efficient for the treatment of opioid addiction when it is taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of a trained professional. The CDC also advises that the following are due to the use of methadone within a medication-assisted treatment program:
- Lowering or completely eliminating opioid use
- Decreasing the risk of overdose
- Lessening the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
- Drastically increasing the average life expectancy
- Lower chances of taking part in illegal activities
- Improved family stability and career potential
- Increased outcomes for pregnant women and their babies
When taken as prescribed within a licensed treatment program, methadone is a safe and effective option for opioid addiction.
The Benefits of Treatment & Counseling
The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling
Although the use of methadone can be extremely effective in decreasing the physical symptoms linked to withdrawal, individuals must understand that lasting recovery requires treatment for the psychological component of their addiction as well. Therapeutic interventions, such as individual and group therapy, provide patients with the opportunity to address and process the root causes of their addictive behaviors to prepare for a future that is substance-free.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: While methadone can alleviate withdrawal symptoms, patients must understand that recovery becomes achievable due to dedication, time, and effort. By actively playing a role in their treatment, patients are able to dramatically increase the likelihood that lasting recovery will occur. Our team of addiction treatment experts is available to work with patients to ensure that the highest quality of care is provided throughout the entire recovery process.
How to Support Your Loved One during Medication-Assisted Treatment: Prior to providing your loved one with support as they navigate through treatment, you must first receive support and treatment of your own. Addiction touches everyone involved, which is why taking part in individual therapy, support groups, and family therapy is extremely imperative to the health and wellbeing of each individual who is involved. These services provide you with the education and support that is required in order to effectively assist your loved one as they progress towards recovery.
The Side Effects of Methadone
The following side effects have been associated with the use of methadone:
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Exhaustion or fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
- Slowed breathing
- Skin rashes
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
Please contact Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine today to learn more about methadone as well as the other treatment options that we offer.