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Methadone Treatment Programs

Methadone Rehabilitation Programs

Methadone clinics offer medication based treatment for people addicted to opioid based substances, such as prescription opioids and heroin. As a client, you might receive methadone - or Dolophine, its brand name version - (an opioid analgesic) as a type of replacement therapy.

SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) indicates that methadone might be provided in wafer, pill, or liquid forms. It is commonly used to block the adverse effects of such opiate pain medications like oxycodone, codeine, and morphine, as well as other semi-synthetic opioids.

About Methadone Treatment Programs

Although methadone must be prescribed by a doctor, it is not typically used to cure addiction. In any case, it might be useful in the rehabilitation and treatment process of a more comprehensive addiction rehab program.

Every methadone clinic in America, where these facilities are usually provided, is legally regulated by federal and state laws. The treatments provide a number of outcomes and you may benefit from them in the following ways:

  • Alleviation or reduction of the withdrawal effects that come when you quit abusing opioids
  • Blocking the effects of other illegal opioids
  • Decrease in cravings for other opioids
  • Alleviating your physical need for other opioids to ensure that you are finally able to function normally again

In 2011, SAMHSA also indicated that close to quarter of a million Americans were enrolled in an opiate rehabilitation program, with more than half of them opting for detox and maintenance therapies. Although, only about 22% of patients were undergoing maintenance rehabilitation. For those receiving treatment, methadone was one of the primary medications utilized.

As such, if you are addicted to any substance in the opiate category of drugs, you may enroll in one of these methadone clinics - but under the strict supervision and direction of a doctor.

Who Needs Methadone Treatment?

Methadone is a legal medicine used to alleviate withdrawal effects from opiate drugs for 24 to 36 hours. Having said that, there are many reasons why you might want to get into a methadone treatment program. Such as:

  • Wanting relief from the daily struggles arising from opiate abuse and addiction
  • Fulfilling the basic requirements of your drug rehabilitation
  • Dealing with drug cravings and withdrawal effects

For most methadone clinics, upon your initial visit will have to undergo screening, during which you will communicate about your problem to a nurse or counselor.

During the screening, you will be questioned regarding your history. You might also be given urinalysis and/or blood tests and spoken to about various treatment facilities, their goals, and ruled.

Your drug history, any dual diagnosis, as well as the impact of your substance use disorder on your life may also be assessed through a clinical evaluation while a more comprehensive health evaluation will review your health history, overall condition, present requirements for medication, and current physical health.

In addiction, many methadone treatment programs also offer therapy sessions. The therapy provided will help you:

  • Focus on preventing drug relapse
  • Repair and rebuild professional and personal relationships
  • Deal with stress

The sessions may be for families, groups, or individuals. Additionally, the forms of counseling vary depending on your particular needs, circumstances, and preferences because some individuals may stabilize faster than others.

How methadone programs Work

In all methadone treatment programs, the medication must be administered by trained, registered, and licensed medical professionals and nurses. Clients are mandated to go to the clinic every day to receive their methadone dose, however in some special cases, some clients might receive take-home doses. This makes it possible for them to visit the clinic less frequently than the typical every day visit.

Since every client reacts to certain treatments and drugs differently, your treatment will be tailored to meet your unique needs and help the problems you are experiencing. The care will, however, not just be limited to your addiction.

Instead, the program may also focus on your work and family life, the appropriate setting for rehab, your place in society, as well as what you need to continue being productive and functional. The other components of your methadone rehab protocol will address the duration and a variety of other needs.

In a lot of cases, methadone clinics hardly ever just address the drug abuse problem only. This is because you might have legal, work related, medical, and social issues that also need to be addressed. For instance, you may have a dual diagnoses - such as a psychological or mental health disorder - that should also be controlled to ensure a more healthy and more productive future for you.

After the evaluation of your health and history, the rehabilitation will begin. Some of the initial treatment choices recommended include:

a) MAT

Medication assisted rehab (or MAT) is typically used in most methadone programs. Aside from the methadone, you may also receive naltrexone, buprenorphine, and Vivitrol to help with drug cravings, reduce withdrawal, and taper you off your dependence.

b) CBT

The program might also include cognitive behavioral treatment to change the unique expectations and behaviors accompanying your addiction and help you develop more ideal coping skills. CBT is also useful in addressing drug cravings and accompanying stress elements that often cause individuals to abuse harmful substances.

Safety Precautions For Methadone Treatment

Many methadone treatment programs will recommend that you:

  • Are careful while operating machinery or driving
  • Avoid consuming alcohol while on the medication
  • Contact emergency medical services in case you overdose
  • Keep the methadone away from all sources of light
  • Keep your medications at room temperature

Methadone treatment programs can be beneficial to reduce the harm that comes with opiate addiction, however, methadone is a powerful narcotic opiate in itself and dependence will typically develop. Yet, by following the programs strict protocols and recommendations, many people are able to restore structure and balance in their lives. Methadone clinics are also more affordable than other alternative treatments since your pricing may be calculated based on your income.

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