Methadone is a prescription medication used in the treatment of opiate dependency and addiction. A person who wants to quit taking heroin or prescription pain killers can get enrolled into a methadone clinic in or near Catalina where they take it on a daily basis to stop withdrawal symptoms, stave off cravings and essentially substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who begin methadone treatment remain on the drug for many years, due to the fact that withdrawing off it can produce withdrawal symptoms much greater than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin and morphine. However, it's effects last much longer which is why the withdrawal from it can be so uncomfortable and last so long. Additionally, since 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 cold turkey. 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, stomach cramping, muscle and bone aches and pain, extreme insomnia, etc.
Methadone detoxification can be made more comfortable and manageable in a detox facility that accepts patients withdrawing from the drug. Some centers offer a medically managed detox while others help the individual detox from the drug cold turkey without any medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs offering this service near Catalina, AZ