Helping Someone Stay Clean from Methadone

Methadone is a synthetic opioid used as an analgesic and in drug withdrawals for opioid dependency. Methadone acts on the opioid receptors and thus produces some of the same effects as morphine or heroin. Although methadone is often used in order to aid in breaking an addiction to other opiates, the patient can become addicted to the methadone itself.

How to Hold a Methadone Intervention

The recent popularity of shows televising drug intervention may give people the notion that intervention is easy. However, just as an addict should never attempt to quit on his or her own, you should never attempt an intervention alone. An intervention should always be conducted under the direction of a professional counselor or interventionist. This will ensure that, along with the loved ones, there is an objective and neutral person that will be able to confront the addict without letting feelings interfere. Having to confront a loved one about an addiction may be one of the hardest things you do, but also one of the most important. One of the biggest benefits of employing a professional help is that it alleviates the burden of being the messenger. Recognizing that a loved one has a problem is a lot easier than actually telling him face-to-face.

Importance of Family and Friends to Methadone Addiction Recovery

One of the most important aspects of a successful recovery from addiction can be the love and support given by family and friends. An addict needs encouragement throughout the entire treatment process. It is most effective when it comes from those that she trusts and loves. This is one aspect of treatment in which a friend or family member can be much more effective than a professional.

How to Help a Methadone Addict Recover Long-term

Once an addict has progressed far enough along in the program to be allowed outpatient care, it becomes critical that loved ones help and encourage the patient to continue participation in the program long-term, thus helping to prevent relapse. The best way to achieve this is to keep risky substances far away from the person, and to keep him away from anyone who may be counterproductive to the recovery process.

Who to Call to Begin the Treatment Process

If you are trying to help a loved one recover from a methadone addiction, we are here to help. Please call our toll-free helpline today to receive more information. Addiction treatment may be covered by insurance. Ask one of our agents to look into the options. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the recovery solutions you need. Call today, because tomorrow may be too late.