Can I Quit Methadone on My Own?

Can I quit Methadone on my own?Methadone is a pain reliever that is prescribed to treat opiate and opioid dependence. It is commonly prescribed for heroin addiction. Methadone eliminates drug cravings and alleviates withdrawal symptoms. Methadone, however, may be habit forming and cause addiction, meaning methadone potentially replaces one addiction with another.

If someone is addicted to methadone, professional recovery help is critical. Trying to quit methadone alone is unsafe and in most cases unsuccessful. Recovering from methadone addiction is a difficult process that takes a significant amount of time due to a lengthy withdrawal period that is characterized by many symptoms.

Furthermore, methadone detoxification, the removal of all traces of the drug from body, does not bring full recovery. Long-term recovery requires that patients identify the root causes of their addiction and address these underlying issues. This can be accomplished through holistic addiction treatment which helps patients heal physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually through counseling and various forms of therapy. Holistic treatment also helps patients cultivate a new lifestyle that is free from substance abuse.

Methadone Detoxification and Withdrawal Symptoms

Methadone withdrawal symptoms are an important reason not to attempt recovery alone. Some withdrawal symptoms can be severe and even dangerous. Thus, methadone withdrawal requires medical treatment and supervision which is available from a detox program or through a rehab center. Withdrawal may last anywhere from several weeks to a few months, and symptoms may include the following:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Fever and chills
  • Dizziness
  • Yawning
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweats
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney failure
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Hyperactivity

In a medically supervised detox program, physicians carefully monitor and treat patients for withdrawal while they gradually taper off methadone. With medical help, patients successfully and comfortably complete methadone detox and begin the next phase of treatment.

Need Help Quitting Methadone?

If you fear that you or someone you love may be addicted to methadone, please call our toll -free helpline. We are available 24 hours a day to take your call, and we can answer your questions about treatment programs and long-term addiction recovery. We can also look up your insurance policy and let you know about your coverage. Call us today to receive the support you need to achieve a lifetime of recovery.