The methadone withdrawal and detox process will look different for each individual depending on how long they have been struggling with methadone addiction, their dosage levels, and other factors such as age and co-occurring disorders. Methadone withdrawal is similar to opioid withdrawal and can include flu-like physical symptoms lasting from two or three weeks up to six months. Certain severe withdrawal symptoms may even be life-threatening, such as difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, and coma.
Those who take a high dose of methadone may experience more intense withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone is a potent and long-acting opioid replacement drug that decreases the sensation of severe pain and diminishes emotional response to pain. Methadone treatment is sometimes used to help individuals overcome addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers, however methadone itself can be extremely physically addictive.
What makes this drug popular among recreational drug users is its long duration and powerful effects. Because methadone works on the opioid receptors and pleasure centers in the brain, it creates a false sense of well-being. However, many individuals find that when they try to stop taking methadone cold turkey, they experience withdrawal symptoms, which causes them to seek more of the drug. This often means a person will need to increase their dose to have the desired effects.
Methadone is primarily used to treat opioid addiction and to relieve severe to moderate pain. However, long-term methadone use may lead to the development of tolerance, as well as physical and psychological dependence. Once the body becomes dependent upon methadone, it can be difficult to function normally without it, and a person may experience withdrawal symptoms. Excessive doses may eventually result in respiratory depression.
These drugs are highly addictive and very difficult to withdraw from without professional medical detox. Some withdrawal symptoms may lead to health complications and require immediate medical attention. The safest way to detox from methadone or other opioids is in a medically supervised treatment facility where doctors and nurses can monitor your vital signs and withdrawal symptoms.
If you believe that you have formed a methadone addiction and notice that uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms occur when you attempt to stop using the substance, you should seek professional medical advice to determine if you need detox.
As a Center of Excellence, Gallus Medical Detox leads the industry in patient care. Part of our commitment to excellence means creating a healing environment that feels safe and supportive for those undergoing detox. Our facility was designed to feel comfortable and welcoming, offering many of the amenities that patients are accustomed to at home, including free WiFi, 40″ TVs, and free use of personal electronics.
Our private rooms feature queen beds for added comfort, and our 24/7 medical staff provide the necessary medications and treatments to alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, muscle aches and more. To learn more about out treatment facility, reach out to our admissions team today.
At Gallus Medical Detox, we offer safe, effective, and personalized treatment for individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Our inpatient treatment program is based on the values of compassion, collaboration, and excellence, and our experienced staff work to make sure your recovery process is as safe and comfortable as possible.
The key features of our substance abuse program for methadone addiction include: