Methadone is a prescription medication utilized for the treatment of opiate addiction. An Individual who wants to stop taking prescription pain killers or heroin can get enrolled into a methadone program in or near Fort Thomas where they take it daily to avoid withdrawal, stave off cravings and in essence replace their addiction with a legal medication. Many individuals who begin methadone treatment stay on the drug for decades, due to the fact that withdrawing off it causes withdrawal symptoms much greater than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin and morphine. However, it remains in the body longer which is why the withdrawal from it can be so painful and last so long. Additionally, considering 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 stop taking it cold turkey. Methadone withdrawal resembles that of other opiates, and feels similar to a really bad flu and may include fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, extreme insomnia, etc.
Methadone detoxification can be made more comfortable and manageable in a detox facility which allow patients withdrawing from the drug. Some centers offer a medication assisted detoxification while others help the individual withdrawal off the drug cold turkey without any medications.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers offering this service near Fort Thomas, AZ