Methadone is a medication used in the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction. A person who wants to stop abusing heroin or prescription pain killers can get enrolled into a methadone clinic in or near Verdigre where they take it on a daily basis to avoid withdrawal, stave off cravings and basically replace their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who start methadone maintenance treatment stay on the drug for many years, because coming off it can bring about withdrawal symptoms much greater than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, just like heroin. However, it's effects last much longer which is why the withdrawal from it can be so painful and last so long. And because methadone can stay 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 resembles that of other opiates, and feels similar to a really bad flu which 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 detox facility which allow patients withdrawing from the drug. Some centers provide a medically managed detox while others help the individual get off the drug without the use of controlled medications.