Methadone is a regulated drug used in the reduction of harm associated with opiate addiction. Someone who wants to quit taking prescription pain killers or heroin can get started on a methadone program in or near Sterling where they take it daily to avoid withdrawal, stave off cravings and essentially substitute their addiction with a legal medication. Many people who begin methadone maintenance treatment stay on the drug for many years, considering withdrawing off it causes withdrawal symptoms far worse than even heroin withdrawal. Methadone is a full opioid agonist, similar to heroin. However, it's effects last much longer which is why detoxing from it can be so harsh and last so long. Additionally, since methadone can stay in the body for such a long time, users may not even begin experiencing withdrawal for a day or two when they stop taking it cold turkey. Methadone withdrawal is similar to that of other opiates, and feels similar to a severe flu and may include fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating muscle and bone aches and pain, stomach cramping, acute insomnia, etc.
Methadone withdrawal can be made much more comfortable in a detox facility which allow patients withdrawing from the drug. Some programs provide a medication assisted detox while others help the client get off the drug without the use of controlled medications.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs offering this service near Sterling, UT