Methadone is a drug utilized for the treatment of opiate dependency and addiction. Someone who wants to quit taking heroin or prescription pain killers can get started on a methadone program in or near Pinetop where they ingest it on a daily basis to avoid withdrawal, stave off cravings and in essence substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many individuals who begin methadone treatment remain on it for decades, because coming off it can produce withdrawal symptoms far greater than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin and morphine. However, it remains in the body longer which is why detoxing from it can be so harsh and last for weeks. And because methadone can stay in the body for such a long time, users may not even start feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two if they quit taking it. Methadone withdrawal is similar to that of other opiates, and are likened to a severe flu which can include chills, fever, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, extreme insomnia, etc.
Methadone detoxification can be made much more comfortable in a detox facility that allow methadone clients. Some programs offer a medication assisted detoxification while others help the person get off the drug cold turkey without any medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs offering this service near Pinetop, AZ