Methadone is a drug utilized for the treatment of opiate addiction and dependency. An Individual who wants to quit taking heroin or prescription pain killers can get enrolled into a methadone program in or near Bayard where they take it daily to stop withdrawal, avoid cravings and basically substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many individuals who start methadone maintenance treatment stay on it for many years, considering withdrawing off it can produce withdrawal symptoms far worse than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, just like heroin and morphine. However, it's effects last much longer which is why the withdrawal from it can be so uncomfortable and last for weeks. And considering methadone can remain in the body for such a long time, users may not even start feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two when they stop taking it. Methadone withdrawal is similar to that of other opiates, and feels similar to a severe flu which may include fever, chills, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, acute insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made more comfortable and manageable in a professional detoxification facility which accepts patients withdrawing from the drug. Some programs provide a medically managed detoxification while others help the person withdrawal off the drug cold turkey without any medications.