An Effective Yet Addictive Medication
Methadone has proven to be an incredibly effective maintenance drug in heroin and opioid addiction treatment. Its ability to reduce cravings makes it a powerful tool in the detox process as well. Although other maintenance drugs like buprenorphine (Suboxone) and naltrexone (Vivitrol) have also been valuable tools in the addiction treatment landscape, methadone is still widely used in treatment facilities throughout the country. The drug is primarily used to treat the often debilitating pain that can accompany heroin and opioid withdrawal. The drug is sold under multiple brand-names, including Dolophine, and can either be taken orally or via injection. Methadone should be taken only under the guidance and supervision of a prescribing physician.
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The Two Faces of Methadone Detox
As valuable a clinical tool as methadone has proven to be, it has also been found to be quite addictive and require ongoing treatment by itself. Simply put, there is detoxing with methadone and there is detoxing from methadone, and it’s important to understand the difference. As the effects of methadone are similar to those of heroin and prescription opioids, it’s common for patients who start using methadone as a maintenance drug for a previous addiction to develop an addiction to methadone, itself. Methadone, or any other maintenance drug, is not meant to replace other forms of therapy like rehab. It should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Recovery Unplugged offers experienced, qualified and medically supervised methadone detox to help patients overcome the methadone withdrawal period.