Methadone is a medication used in the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction. An Individual who wants to stop using prescription pain killers or heroin can get enrolled into a methadone program in or near Merriman where they ingest it on a daily basis to avoid withdrawal, stave off cravings and basically substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many individuals who start methadone maintenance stay on the drug for many years, due to the fact that coming off it causes withdrawal symptoms far greater than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, just like heroin. However, it remains in the body longer which is why the withdrawal from it can be so uncomfortable and last such a long time. And since methadone can remain in the body for such a long time, users usually will not even start feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two if they stop taking it. Methadone withdrawal is similar to 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, acute insomnia, etc.
Methadone detoxification can be made much more comfortable in a professional detoxification facility that accepts patients withdrawing from the drug. Some programs offer a medication assisted detoxification while others help the individual detox from the drug cold turkey without any medications.