Methadone is a regulated drug utilized for the treatment of opiate addiction and dependency. An Individual who wants to stop taking prescription pain killers or heroin can get enrolled into a methadone clinic in or near Paradise Valley where they take it on a daily basis to stop withdrawal symptoms, stave off cravings and basically substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who start methadone maintenance treatment remain on the drug for decades, because coming off it can produce 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 harsh and last such a long time. Additionally, because methadone can remain in the body for so long, users usually will not even begin feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two if they quit taking it. Methadone withdrawal is like that of other opiates, and are likened to a really bad flu and may include fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating stomach cramping, muscle and bone aches and pain, acute insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made much more comfortable in a detox facility which allow methadone clients. Some programs offer a medically managed detox while others help the individual detox from the drug without the use of controlled medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers offering this service near Paradise Valley, AZ