Methadone Detox Treatment Program

Knowledge is Power: Is Methadone-Assisted Treatment Right For You?

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What is Methadone Detox Treatment?

MMethadone is a synthetic medication that is used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings for recovering Opiate addicts. Methadone is available in pill and liquid form and cannot be prescribed by just any doctor.

Medical-assisted treatment (MAT) using Methadone is as a form of chemical treatment for those who are addicted to Opiate derived medication like Morphine, Oxycodone, and/or Hydrocodone. Methadone is mainly used in conjunction other treatment modalities for narcotic substance abuse.

This medication is highly regulated as it is easy to overdose on if dosage is wrong or abused. Many Methadone clinics will not distribute this medication if the user is not enrolled in a treatment program, however, reports of abuse have been found across the nation.

Studies have shown a decrease in relapse potential by 60 to 90% and ensures a full recovery from Opiate addictions. Depending on the severity of the addiction, Methadone assisted treatment may be used as a relapse preventive for the remaining duration of the person’s life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Methadone is a Opioid medication. Methadone reduces the symptoms of withdrawal associated with Opiate based drugs such as Heroin or Fentanyl. Methadone can be used a pain reliever and as a part of detoxification or maintenance programs for Opiate addiction. Methadone is not a cure for Opiate addiction. It is a very powerful and very addictive drug that should be used with caution under the supervision of a medical professional.

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Three Phase Model of Methadone Maintenance


Stabilization Phase

The main objective in this phase is to introduce the client to the concept of Methadone Maintenance. Overdose potential, side effects, drug knowledge is shared with the recovering addict to determine if medical-assisted treatment is the best option for the Opiate addiction. If the treatment plan comes to a mutual agreement, the medical professional determines the appropriate dosage according to their addiction, severity, and length of substance abuse. With close monitoring of vital signs, the recovering addict is stabilized on methadone.

Action/Maintenance Phase

The main objective of the Action/Maintenance Phase is to get the recovering addict to a point where they can perform daily functions like attending modality meetings, group and individual therapy, and carry out the long term plans of the overall treatment. Monitoring the regulation of Methadone and vital signs is key in this phase. Getting the recovering addict to a point where they can function and carry out the rest of their treatment plan with little to no discomfort from withdrawals is important.

Tapering Phase

The main objective of the Tapering Phase is to slowly decrease the dose to as little as 2mg a day. Since Methadone only requires one dose a day, the tapering method will occur during the duration of their treatment or the rest of their life. Maintaining a high dosage of Methadone over a long period of time may swap one addiction for another causing withdrawals from the Methadone itself. With proper monitoring and regulation, both the side effects and chances of Methadone addiction will become unnoticeable to non-existent. See Regulation and Dosage for more information on the tapering of Methadone.

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Effects of Methadone-Assisted Treatment

Methadone as a detox treatment curbs the cravings and withdrawals symptoms of recovering Opioid abusers. This synthetic medication blocks the ‘high’ one would feel on Opiates if used as directed. This synthetic medication is often paired with various treatment modalities and is administered for weeks to a lifetime.

Studies have shown 40mg of Methadone can be fatal and may cause overdoses as it is still a synthetic Opiate. This reason is why this medication is highly regulated and requires moderation and tapering. Those who use this medication in recovery must be closely monitored to ensure there is no allergic reactions or overdoses. This medication is tapered off the duration of the treatment.

Studies of Methadone medication have found that there is no long-term damage to the heart, kidneys, liver, or lungs.  The most common side effects of Methadone are sweating, urinary retention, constipation, and dose-related orgasm dysfunction in men.

The risks of overdose are real with Methadone. Some studies have suggested that 40mg should not be exceeded a day during the detox process. While rapid treatment of overdose with narcotic antagonists can lead to full recovery, it is important to keep such individuals under observation for at least 24 hours and follow the initial Naloxone treatment with a long-acting antagonist such as Nalmefene.