Methadone is a drug used in the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction. A person who wants to stop abusing prescription pain killers or heroin can get enrolled into a methadone clinic in or near Avondale where they ingest it on a daily basis to stop withdrawal, stave off cravings and basically substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who start methadone maintenance stay on it for decades, considering coming off it can produce withdrawal symptoms much worse than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin. However, it remains in the body longer which is why the withdrawal from it can be so harsh and last for weeks. And because methadone can remain in the body for such a long time, users usually will not even begin feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two if they quit taking it. Methadone withdrawal is like that of other opiates, and are likened to a really bad flu and may include fever, chills, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, acute insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made more comfortable and manageable in a detox facility that allow patients withdrawing from the drug. Some centers offer a medication assisted detox while others help the client withdrawal off the drug without the use of controlled medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers offering this service near Avondale, AZ