Methadone is a prescription medication used in the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction. An Individual who wants to quit taking heroin or prescription pain killers can get enrolled into a methadone program in or near St. George where they ingest it daily to stop withdrawal symptoms, stave off cravings and in essence replace their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who start methadone maintenance treatment remain on it for many years, because coming off it can produce withdrawal symptoms much greater than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin. However, it remains in the body longer which is why the withdrawal from it can be so uncomfortable and last so long. Additionally, since 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 when they quit taking it. Methadone withdrawal is similar to that of other opiates, and feels similar to a severe flu which can include chills, fever, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating stomach cramping, muscle and bone aches and pain, extreme insomnia, etc.
Methadone detoxification can be made more comfortable and manageable in a detox facility which accepts methadone clients. Some programs offer a medically managed detoxification while others help the person get off the drug without the use of controlled medications.
There are 1 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities offering this service in St. George, UT