Methadone, a synthetic opioid agonist, creates the typical opiate tolerance and physical and psychological dependence. Taken normally in liquid form, it can produce dangerous side effects, including death. Methadone is used to treat opiate addictions by reducing the cravings and effects.
Each person’s methadone addiction, withdrawal and recovery is unique. There are treatment programs available that will match individual needs and create personalized recovery programs.
Side Effects of Methadone Abuse
Methadone use can bring about unusual issues and dangerous consequences, including the following problems:
- Bluish skin
- Respiratory issues
Methadone Withdrawal and Treatment
Withdrawal symptoms are an indicator of addiction. Methadone withdrawal and treatment should be handled by a treatment center accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the federal government’s regulatory agency for treatment centers dealing with opium-based addiction treatment. SAMHSA guidelines and regulations require treatment centers to have credentialed, licensed and certified staff trained in opiate addictions. SAMHSA also provides guidelines as to handling co-occurring conditions in which addiction is accompanied by a mental health issue such as depression or anxiety.
The best methadone rehabilitation services will offer a holistic approach to treatment and recovery and will include the following focuses or programs:
- Overall wellbeing
- 12-step work
- Individual and group counseling
- Family work
- Informational workshops and lectures
- Treatment therapies and trends, such as guided imagery, equine therapy, art therapy or journaling
- Aftercare (programs to bridge residential rehab and the real world)
All of these options help guide recovering methadone users towards long-term recovery.
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