Methadone is a medication utilized for the treatment of opiate addiction. Someone who wants to stop using heroin or prescription pain killers can get enrolled into a methadone clinic in or near Hildale where they take it daily to stop withdrawal, stave off cravings and basically substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who start methadone treatment remain on the drug for many years, because withdrawing 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 detoxing from it can be so painful and last for weeks. Additionally, because methadone can remain in the body for so long, users usually will not even begin feeling the effects of withdrawal for a day or two if they stop taking it. Methadone withdrawal is like that of other opiates, and are likened to a really bad flu which may include chills, fever, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, extreme insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made more comfortable and manageable in a detox facility that allow patients withdrawing from the drug. Some programs provide a medication assisted detoxification while others help the individual detox from the drug without the use of controlled medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facilities offering this service near Hildale, UT