Methadone is a drug used in the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction. Someone who wants to stop using heroin or prescription pain killers can get started on a methadone program in or near Litchfield Park where they ingest it daily to avoid withdrawal symptoms, stave off cravings and essentially substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who start methadone treatment remain on it for many years, considering withdrawing off it causes withdrawal symptoms far worse 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 painful and last for weeks. Additionally, since methadone can stay in the body for such a long time, users may not even begin experiencing withdrawal for a day or two if they stop taking it cold turkey. Methadone withdrawal is like that of other opiates, and are likened to a severe flu which may include fever, chills, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramping, muscle and bone aches and pain, acute insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made much more comfortable in a detox facility which accepts methadone clients. Some centers provide a medication assisted detox while others help the person get off the drug without the use of controlled medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs offering this service near Litchfield Park, AZ