Methadone Recovery Support

Methadone is a synthetic opiate often prescribed to treat addiction to drugs such as heroin and morphine. It can also be prescribed to treat chronic pain. Even though it is a much weaker type of opiate, the potential for dependency and addiction still exists. If methadone is abused, tolerance develops within two weeks. Addiction is in full swing when a person must continue taking increasingly higher doses of methadone to compensate for an increased level of tolerance. An addict requires methadone to function normally on a day-to-day basis. In addition, the fear of and desire to avoid withdrawal symptoms are a primary reason methadone addicts continue to abuse the drug.

Methadone Addiction Treatment

The first step toward recovery from methadone addiction is physical detox. Detox is the process of completely purging methadone from the addict’s body. Detox is necessary to break the addict’s physical dependence on methadone. After successful detox, there are many psychological aspects of addiction that must be dealt with through counseling and therapy.

Addiction counseling is a process that begins during a drug rehab program and it is recommended that it continue after rehab for at least six months. One of the most important parts of addiction counseling is helping the patient understand and identify possible events, stress factors and/or negative environments that may have led to their addiction. In knowing what caused one’s addiction, it is much easier to identify and avoid similar high-risk situations in the future. Behavioral therapy is extremely useful in that it helps a recovering addict learn new behavioral skills to deal with the stress and negativity that could otherwise lead to relapse.

Support Groups and Positive Reinforcement

In addition to individual addiction counseling, support groups are another excellent resource for recovering methadone addicts. Support groups offer a unique form of positive reinforcement in that the groups consist of past addicts, recovering addicts, and some who are currently still struggling with addiction. Recovering addicts can attend support groups and share their own story and learn from other addicts’ struggles.

Sponsors are another major benefit of support groups. A sponsor is someone already involved with a support group who helps newcomers become acclimated with how the group works. Sponsors also act as a source of guidance if a recovering addict has problems or comes close to relapse in between meetings of the support group. For those struggling with methadone and opiate abuse, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is one of the largest recovery support groups in the world. Family members and close friends of recovering methadone addicts can also attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings to learn how they can aid in successful recovery. Positive reinforcement from family and friends is vital to successful addiction recovery.

Need Help Finding Treatment and Recovery Support for Methadone Abuse?

Are you a recovering methadone addict in need of help? If you are in need of resources to aid in your recovery, we are here to help you. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, and our number is toll-free. Call us today.