Methadone is a drug utilized for the treatment of opiate dependency and addiction. A person who wants to quit abusing prescription pain killers or heroin can get started on a methadone clinic in or near Inland where they ingest it daily to stop withdrawal symptoms, stave off cravings and essentially substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who begin methadone treatment stay on it for decades, considering withdrawing off it can bring about withdrawal symptoms much worse than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, just like heroin and morphine. However, it remains in the body longer which is why detoxing from it can be so painful and last for weeks. Additionally, because methadone can remain in the body for such a long time, users may not even begin experiencing 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 and can include fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, extreme insomnia, etc.
Methadone detoxification can be made more comfortable and manageable in a detox facility that accepts patients withdrawing from the drug. Some facilities offer a medically managed detoxification while others help the individual detox from the drug cold turkey without any medications.