Methadone Detox Treatment:
First Step on the Road to Recovery
The Importance of A Medically-Supervised Methadone
Breaking Methadone addiction can be extremely difficult, even dangerous. That’s why choosing the right detoxification treatment is vital to a patient's safety and the successful start of a rehab and recovery program. It should not be attempted at home! Our in-patient program includes:
- Thorough physical, psychological and social assessments
- A customized treatment plan with IV-based medication to safely treat withdrawal symptoms
- Monitoring 24/7 with cardiac telemetry and video technology by nurses and technicians.
- Attention to the patient's overall comfort with upscale private rooms, massage, gourmet meals, Wifi and HDTV.
Learn more about the Gallus Detox Method.
Read what our patients say—their own detox success stories—about how fearful they had been of detoxing and withdrawal, how safe and cared for they felt with our team, and how that experience has changed their lives.
What Is Methadone?
Methadone is a potent and long-acting opioid that can stay in your system for up to 36 hours. In the medical field, it is primarily used to relieve moderate to severe pain. The drug can also be used to treat addiction to heroin, morphine, codeine and other opioids. What makes it popular is its long duration of action, extremely powerful effects, and low cost. Methadone not only decreases the sensation of pain but also diminishes the emotional response to pain. It is usually available in liquid or tablet form.
Here is what everyone should know: Taking the drug improperly may increase the risk of side effects or even death. Despite all the negative consequences and adverse effects, Methadone addiction can lead to chronic use and increased tolerance. The best way to prevent addiction is to use the drug exactly as prescribed.
The Dangers and Symptoms of Methadone Abuse
Methadone impacts the pleasure centers in the brain and creates a false sense of well-being. Methadone abuse may lead to the development of tolerance, as well as physical and psychological dependence. Excessive doses may eventually result in respiratory depression or fatality. People who become addicted to Methadone may feel that they can’t function without the drug.
Some Methadone users may feel sick when they start taking the drug. Women taking Methadone may experience irregular periods.
Below are some of the symptoms experienced by Methadone addicts.
- Difficulty breathing
- Bluish skin
- Stomach spasms
- Low blood pressure
- Lowered sex drive
A person’s heart rate, respiration and body temperature may drop. Death may occur if breathing becomes too weak. Furthermore, when pregnant women use Methadone, the fetus also becomes exposed to the drug.
Withdrawal from Methadone can be less severe than withdrawal from Morphine or Heroine; however, it can last much longer—from 2 weeks to 6 months. The symptoms may produce the following problems: Sneezing, delusions, paranoia, elevated blood pressure, suicidal thoughts, nausea, fever, tremors, depression, insomnia, agitation, and other highly-unpleasant effects.
If you or your loved one are suffering from Methadone abuse and need help, please call us at 855-338-6929 to discuss whether our customized Methadone Drug Detox Treatment is the best program for you. Be assured we value your privacy and all your information is kept strictly confidential. Contact Gallus Alcohol and Drug Detox Centers today and take the first step towards rehab and recovery.