Methadone is a prescription medication used in the treatment of opiate addiction. A person who wants to stop using prescription pain killers or heroin can get enrolled into a methadone program in or near Escalante where they take it daily to stop withdrawal symptoms, avoid cravings and essentially substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who begin methadone treatment remain on the drug for many years, considering coming off it can bring about withdrawal symptoms far greater 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 the withdrawal from it can be so painful and last so long. And since methadone can remain in the body for such a long time, users may not even start feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two if they quit taking it cold turkey. Methadone withdrawal resembles that of other opiates, and are likened to a severe flu which may include fever, chills, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, acute insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made more comfortable and manageable in a professional detoxification facility that accepts methadone clients. Some programs provide a medication assisted detoxification while others help the person withdrawal off the drug cold turkey without any medications.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs offering this service near Escalante, UT