Methadone is a drug used in the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction. Someone who wants to quit taking prescription pain killers or heroin can get enrolled into a methadone program in or near Layton where they take it on a daily basis to avoid withdrawal symptoms, stave off cravings and essentially substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who begin methadone maintenance treatment remain on the drug for decades, considering coming off it can produce withdrawal symptoms much greater than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin and morphine. However, it remains in the body longer which is why detoxing from it can be so harsh and last such a long time. Additionally, since methadone can remain in the body for such a long time, users usually will 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 which may include chills, fever, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating stomach cramping, muscle and bone aches and pain, extreme insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made more comfortable and manageable in a professional detoxification facility that allow patients withdrawing from the drug. Some centers provide a medication assisted detox while others help the client withdrawal off the drug without the use of controlled medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs offering this service near Layton, UT