Methadone is a prescription medication used in the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction and dependency. An Individual who wants to stop using heroin or prescription pain killers can get enrolled into a methadone program in or near Naco where they take it daily to stop withdrawal symptoms, stave off cravings and basically substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many individuals who begin methadone maintenance remain on the drug for many years, due to the fact that coming off it can produce 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 detoxing from it can be so uncomfortable and last such a long time. Additionally, because methadone can remain in the body for such a long time, users usually will not even begin experiencing withdrawal for a day or two if they stop taking it. Methadone withdrawal resembles that of other opiates, and feels similar to a severe flu which can include fever, chills, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, 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 provide a medication assisted detoxification while others help the individual withdrawal off the drug without the use of controlled medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs offering this service near Naco, AZ