Methadone Residential Rehab Programs

Methadone residential rehab programsMethadone is a synthetic opioid that was developed in Germany in 1937 and first introduced in the U.S. ten years later. It has proven to be a successful aid in treating heroin, morphine and other opiate addictions, as it has similar opiate receptor blocking properties with fewer and less severe side effects. Methadone blocks the euphoric effects of opiates and alleviates cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It also has pain-blocking properties and works as an antitussive. It is long-acting and inexpensive, making it a preferred treatment by many doctors. With regular use, however, patients will develop a tolerance to the drug and require higher doses to achieve the original effect. The following are adverse effects that may accompany the use of methadone:

  • Constipation
  • Sweating
  • Heat intolerance
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Hallucination
  • Flushing
  • Mood changes
  • Agitation
  • Blurred vision
  • Swelling
  • Impotence
  • Skin rashes
  • Weight gain
  • Headache

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

Once tolerance has developed, physical and cognitive withdrawal symptoms may accompany the discontinuation of use. These methadone withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever, sweats and chills
  • Itching and crawling skin
  • Lightheadedness
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Cravings
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Delirium

Methadone Addiction Recovery

Deaths from methadone use have increased significantly in recent years and continue to rise. Few of the thousands of reported deaths related to methadone use were linked to prescribed use. Most were the result of methadone being used in conjunction with other drugs, especially benzodiazepines.

Gradual tapering under close medical supervision is the most successful way to get clean from methadone addiction and prevent health risks. The best methadone addiction therapy clinics will address both physical dependency and psychological aspects of addiction. Successful methadone addiction therapy includes:

  • 12-step programs
  • Medical supervision
  • Meditation and spiritual support
  • Counseling
  • Relaxation techniques

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