Methadone is a drug used in the treatment of opiate addiction and dependency. A person who wants to quit abusing prescription pain killers or heroin can get enrolled into a methadone program in or near North Rim where they ingest it on a daily basis to avoid withdrawal symptoms, avoid cravings and in essence replace their addiction with a legal medication. Many individuals who start methadone treatment stay on the drug for decades, considering coming off it can bring about withdrawal symptoms much greater than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, just like 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, since methadone can remain in the body for so long, users may not even begin feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two if they quit taking it cold turkey. Methadone withdrawal is like that of other opiates, and are likened to a really bad flu which may include chills, fever, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramping, muscle and bone aches and pain, extreme insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made much more comfortable in a detox facility which accepts methadone clients. Some programs offer a medically managed detoxification while others help the individual detox from the drug without the use of controlled medications.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centers offering this service near North Rim, AZ