Methadone is a drug used in the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction. A person who wants to stop taking heroin or prescription pain killers can get enrolled into a methadone clinic in or near Culbertson where they ingest it daily to stop withdrawal symptoms, avoid cravings and basically replace their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who begin methadone maintenance treatment remain on the drug for decades, due to the fact that coming off it causes withdrawal symptoms much worse than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin. However, it's effects last much longer which is why the withdrawal from it can be so harsh and last for weeks. Additionally, since methadone can stay in the body for so long, users may not even start feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two if they quit taking it cold turkey. Methadone withdrawal is like that of other opiates, and feels similar to a really bad flu which may include fever, chills, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramping, muscle and bone aches and pain, acute insomnia, etc.
Methadone detoxification can be made more comfortable and manageable in a detox facility that accepts patients withdrawing from the drug. Some programs offer a medication assisted detox while others help the person get off the drug without the use of controlled medications.