Methadone is a prescription medication utilized for the treatment of opiate dependency and addiction. A person who wants to stop using prescription pain killers or heroin can get enrolled into a methadone clinic in or near Mesa where they take it on a daily basis to avoid withdrawal symptoms, stave off cravings and in essence substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many individuals who begin methadone maintenance stay on the drug for decades, because coming off it causes withdrawal symptoms far worse than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin. However, it remains in the body longer which is why detoxing from it can be so uncomfortable and last for weeks. And considering methadone can stay in the body for so long, users usually will not even begin experiencing withdrawal for a day or two if they quit taking it cold turkey. Methadone withdrawal resembles that of other opiates, and feels similar to a severe flu which can 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 programs provide a medication assisted detoxification while others help the individual get off the drug cold turkey without any medications.
There are 2 Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs offering this service in Mesa, AZ