Proudly serving Utah, our Methadone clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.
How It Works and Is It Safe?
How Methadone Treatment Works
Prescribed since the 1960s for the treatment of opioid dependency, Methadone provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts associated with withdrawal. This medication is typically prescribed to be taken daily in the form of a dissolvable tablet or liquid solution that works with a patient’s central nervous system in order to provide relief. In addition to eliminating withdrawal symptoms, Methadone also keeps cravings for additional opioid use at bay, offering patients the opportunity to focus on their recovery.
Extensive clinical research has advised that the use of Methadone is extremely safe when taken as prescribed and within a licensed treatment center under the guidance of a trained medical professional. The use of Methadone is approved safe for both short- and long-term use as it is a non-toxic substance. Any side effects that are experienced while taking this medication are typically temporary and only take place during the induction phase of treatment when a patient is determining his or her appropriate dosage.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), women who are pregnant can safely use Methadone for the treatment of opioid addiction as there are no detrimental health risks to either mother or baby.
When Methadone is taken outside of its prescribed guidelines, it can become extremely dangerous. Overdosing on this medication is a reality for individuals who abuse it for recreational purposes outside of its intended use. One third of all prescription medication related deaths that take place each year are directly linked to individuals overdosing on Methadone. To clarify, these deaths were not associated with Methadone use within a treatment center, but rather Methadone that was taken illegally. When taken as directed by a licensed treatment provider, Methadone is extremely safe.
The Effectiveness of Treatment
The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that treatment programs that use Methadone are currently the most effective treatment option available for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. Numerous studies have confirmed the safety and efficiency of this medication in the treatment of opioid addiction when taken as directed. The CDC also notes the following successes that are directly linked to the use of Methadone within a medication-assisted treatment program setting:
- Reducing or completely eliminating opioid use
- Lowering the risk of overdose
- Decreasing the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
- Dramatically increasing the average life expectancy (the median death rate of individuals who abuse opioids who enroll in Methadone treatment is 30 percent lower than individuals who do not receive this form of treatment)
- Lower likelihood of taking part in illegal activities
- Improved family stability and career potential
- Improved outcomes for pregnant women and their babies
When taken as prescribed and within a licensed treatment program, Methadone is a safe and effective option for opioid dependency.
The Benefits of Treatment & Counseling
The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling
While the use of Methadone can successfully eliminate the physical discomforts associated with withdrawal, patients must understand that lasting recovery requires treatment for both the physical and emotional comments of addiction. By utilizing individual and group counseling, patients are given the opportunity to understand and treat the underlying causes of their addictive behavior. Once the root causes of a patient’s addiction are understood, he or she can then prepare for a future that is substance free.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: Although Methadone provides relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, patients must also understand that time, effort, and dedication are required on their part in order to progress in treatment. By playing an active role in your treatment, you will be able to drastically increase the likelihood of achieving lasting recovery. Our teams of addiction treatment experts are available to work closely with patients to ensure that the highest quality of care is provided throughout the entire recovery process.
How to Support Your Loved One During Medication-Assisted Treatment: Before you are able to provide your loved one with the support that they need, you must first obtain support of your own. Addiction affects everyone that is involved, not just the individual who is physically abusing a substance. By taking part in individual counseling, family counseling, and support groups, the loved ones of a patient are able to obtain the information necessary to properly support their loved one throughout the journey to recovery.
The Side Effects of Methadone
The following side effects have been associated with the use of Methadone:
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Exhaustion or fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
- Slowed breathing
- Skin rashes
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
To learn more about Methadone as well as the other treatment options that we offer, please contact Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Utah today.