Methadone is a regulated drug used in the treatment of opiate addiction. Someone who wants to stop abusing heroin or prescription pain killers can get started on a methadone clinic in or near Crofton where they ingest it daily to stop withdrawal symptoms, stave off cravings and in essence substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many individuals who begin methadone maintenance stay on it for many years, due to the fact that withdrawing off it causes withdrawal symptoms far greater 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 painful and last for weeks. Additionally, because methadone can stay in the body for such a long time, users usually will not even begin feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two if they stop taking it. Methadone withdrawal resembles that of other opiates, and are likened to a really bad flu and may include chills, fever, 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 that accepts methadone clients. Some programs provide a medication assisted detoxification while others help the person get off the drug cold turkey without any medications.