Methadone was originally intended to treat opiate addiction, but one of the largest problems about this narcotic is that it is actually highly addictive itself. Methadone stays in the body for a long period of time, and is incredibly difficult to detox from.
Methadone is the most difficult substance to withdraw from alone, because the withdrawal symptoms can last up to one month. Even with a great amount of willpower, this is usually too difficult for anyone without a medical detox. At Daylight Detox and Recovery, we know detoxing from methadone is quite a challenging process, to make sure of our clients safety and comfort, a medically supervised detox is advised.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is a part of the opioid family. It has been used for over 50 years to help those addicted to opiates recover. It is considered an opioid agonist, similar to narcotic medications, including morphine. It is used as a substitute for those who are addicted to heroin, when the user is taking methadone, it is in a known dose so for the user it is a safer alternative than heroin.
Short-term effects of methadone can include the following:
Methadone is an opioid, so the effects are similar to those of any opiate. It is addictive itself, even when used as treatment for heroin dependence.
What is Methadone Withdrawal Like?
Methadone withdrawal is said to be one of the worst forms of withdrawal because of how long an individual experiences the symptoms of the detox.
The withdrawal symptoms of methadone typically will start within 30 hours after your last use. This timeframe is longer compared to withdrawal from other types of opiates, but the pain is just as severe. The length of withdrawal varies, but typically lasts up to a few weeks or longer.
Muscle aches and pains are common after you stop taking methadone.At first, withdrawal may feel like the flu.
Some other uncomfortable symptoms might be:
Methadone when prescribed for opiate addiction is eventually tapered down after an extended period of time. It is known in the opiate family for having the longest detox, which also makes the typical taper a lengthy period, sometimes extending for over a year. Just like any other opiate, Methadone can lead to serious complications if used long term, and should be detoxed properly and safely with proper supervision and medical guidance.
If you are looking for a Methadone Detox Facility for yourself or a loved one, we can help. Call us at: (800) 518-5205.