Methadone is a prescription medication used in the treatment of opiate addiction and dependency. Someone who wants to stop using heroin or prescription pain killers can get started on a methadone program in or near St. Johns where they take it on a daily basis to stop withdrawal symptoms, avoid cravings and essentially substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many individuals who begin methadone maintenance treatment stay on it for decades, due to the fact that withdrawing off it can produce withdrawal symptoms much worse than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, just like heroin. However, it's effects last much longer which is why the withdrawal from it can be so harsh and last so long. And 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 stop taking it cold turkey. Methadone withdrawal resembles that of other opiates, and feels similar to a severe flu which may include chills, fever, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, acute insomnia, etc.
Methadone detoxification can be made more comfortable and manageable in a detox facility that allow patients withdrawing from the drug. Some programs provide a medically managed detoxification while others help the individual get off the drug cold turkey without any medications.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers offering this service near St. Johns, AZ