Methadone is a synthetic opioid that is used to help those addicted to heroin or other opiates function without these intoxicating drugs. Methadone provides a good chance for the addict to get clean from opiates, but detoxing from methadone will be a challenge.
How Opiate Addiction Occurs and the Effects of Opiate Addiction
Heroin and other opiates cause the body to create excessive quantities of dopamine which bind to opiate receptors in the brain. This effectively blocks pain and anxiety signals in the central nervous system while bringing a euphoric high to the user. Heroin replaces naturally occurring “feel good” chemicals in the person’s system, rendering them completely dependent on the drug to function. The level of the drug in the person’s system will ebb and flow, and withdrawal symptoms will appear as the drug wears off.
When people use opiates they range from being high to experiencing desperate cravings for another hit.
They cannot function normally in life. Maintaining employment, cultivating relationships and falling in love all become difficult or impossible. Opiates create a powerful physical and psychological addiction that will dominate the user’s identity and propel him or her down a road of desperation, illness, loneliness and possibly death.
How Methadone Treats Opiate Addiction
Methadone provides a break in the cycle of opiate addiction, providing the user a chance to get his or her mind back. Methadone satisfies the brain’s need for opiates without the accompanying high brought on by drugs like heroin. It is taken orally, once per day, and binds to the opiate receptors, satisfying the physical need for opiates. Methadone is only administered in specially certified Methadone Maintenance Therapy clinics, but can be used in either residential programs our outpatient programs.
Residential treatment centers offer around the clock care, removal from access to drugs and supervised detox, and then follow that with intensive rehab to address the psychological addiction that will last for some time.
Outpatient treatment allows the person to get methadone while continuing to work and live his or her normal life. Eventually the addiction to methadone needs to be addressed and the addict will need extensive help to get altogether clean.
Even while methadone satisfies the physical addiction, the psychological addiction remains. Often there are other co-occurring disorders that may contribute to the person’s addiction problems.
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
- 12-step programs
- Introduction of healthy habits and life patterns
- Establishment of supportive healthy relationships
Finding Help through Methadone Management Therapy
If you are ready to get methadone or heroin behind you, you will need help. Our toll-free helpline, 760-548-4032 is operated 24 hours a day to answer your questions and help you find the treatment you need. We can even check to confirm that insurance will cover your treatment.
Whether you are struggling with heroin or other opiates or if you are currently on methadone maintenance therapy and would like to get clean, we can help. Don’t waste another day on addiction. We’re ready to help. Make the call.