Methadone Rehab

Methadone withdrawal symptoms range from mild craving, anxiety, drug-seeking behavior, yawning, perspiration, runny eyes and nose, restless and broken sleep, and irritability. The eyes may not respond properly to light (i.e., pupils will remain dilated in the presence of bright light).

More severe symptoms are extreme craving, muscular twitches, gooseflesh, hot and cold flashes, abdominal cramps, rapid breathing, fast pulse, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of energy.

Not everybody suffers all the symptoms or the most severe ones; the severity of symptoms usually depends on the length and frequency of methadone abuse. Methadone is traditionally prescribed to treat an opiate addiction, and then the methadone maintenance can develop into methadone dependence or another addiction you need to treat.

Methadone Detox Meds

In methadone withdrawal, relief during the five to ten days of these symptoms can be provided through various medications including:

  1. Clonidine
  2. Buprenorphine (Subutex or “subs”)
  3. Buprenorphine with naloxone (Suboxone or “subs”)

These detox medications aim to ease the physical discomfort and help the user get some sleep.
Warm baths, mild exercise, electro-chemically balanced nutrition, and the compassionate support of recovery-sensitive physicians, nurse, and counselors help ease a person through withdrawal. The last item is the most important, because your drug counselor will facilitate your entry in the most import part of methadone withdrawal, recovery-sensitive therapy, the moment you are able to.

Methadone detox medicine such as buprenorphine should be discontinued as soon as possible because buprenorphine maintenance can change into buprenorphine addiction, just like how methadone maintenance turned into methadone dependence or methadone addiction.
How do we know?
In the 1960s, methadone was used to detox heroin addicts, just like buprenorphine has been used since about 2004.
Back in the 60s most heroin addicts graduated therapy-impoverished-heroin-detox with methadone addiction labeled “methadone maintenance,” which highlights the hazards of getting buprenorphine from an outpatient buprenorphine licensed physician that is not part of a comprehensive recovery-sensitive therapy treatment program.
Methadone maintenance programs became popular as a means of detoxifying heroin users, and of helping them through withdrawal.
Methadone is also addicting, but like oxycodone (oxy) it doesn’t cause as much sedation (methadone & oxy yield more opioid-receptor-derived dopamine than heroin).
In addition, since its longer acting than heroin, methadone relieves addicts of the need for a “fix” every few hours.
Therefore, switching to methadone can seem to allow a heroin addict to lead a relatively normal life.
Ideally, the methadone dosage is reduce to nothing, thus weaning the addict from all drug use.
However, methadone dependence is notoriously hard to kick.

“Denial” is one less thing to have to focus-on during methadone recovery-sensitive therapy/rehab.
That’s because the marijuana addict struggles with the idea that: “I’m not at all like an opioid addict.”
While the alcoholic struggles with the idea that: “I’m not at all like an opioid addict.”
Methadone addicts rarely if ever say: “I’m not as bad as other opioid addicts.”

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