Methadone is a medication utilized for the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction and dependency. Someone who wants to stop taking prescription pain killers or heroin can get enrolled into a methadone program in or near Fort Huachuca where they ingest it daily to avoid withdrawal symptoms, avoid cravings and essentially replace their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who start methadone maintenance stay on it for decades, because coming off it can bring about withdrawal symptoms much worse than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin. However, it's effects last much longer which is why detoxing from it can be so harsh and last so long. And because methadone can remain in the body for so long, users may not even begin feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two when they stop taking it. Methadone withdrawal is similar to that of other opiates, and feels similar to a severe flu which can include chills, fever, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating stomach cramping, muscle and bone aches and pain, extreme insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made much more comfortable in a detox facility that accepts methadone clients. Some programs provide a medically managed detoxification while others help the person get off the drug cold turkey without any medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers offering this service near Fort Huachuca, AZ