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.
Banyan Boca’s Detox Facility can help you detox from harmful medications that can cause physical dependence and that produce symptoms of withdrawal when ceased. Methadone is an extremely 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.
In order to assure a sustained recovery, proper medical detox from methadone is required. The staff at Banyan Boca’s Detox Program are there for the individual by offering healing for the mind, body, and soul. We know detoxing from methadone is quite the process, to ensure an individual’s safety and comfort a medically supervised detox is required.
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.
Short-term effects of methadone can include the following:
- Feelings of euphoria
- The effects of methadone are similar to those of heroin, so it can be 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.
Symptoms of methadone withdrawal usually start within 30 hours after your last exposure to the drug. This timeframe is longer compared to withdrawal from other types of opiates, but the pain is just as severe. The length of withdrawal varies, lasting up to a few weeks or longer.
At first, withdrawal may feel like the flu. Muscle aches and pains are common after you stop taking methadone. As the symptoms of withdrawal progress, you might feel severely nauseous. Some other uncomfortable symptoms might be:
Here at Banyan Boca’s Detox Facility, our clients safety and comfort are our top concern during this difficult time.
- Night Sweats
- Severe Anxiety
Methadone Detox Methods
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.
At Banyan Boca’s Detox Facility, we believe in making our clients substance-free as soon as possible so they are able to return to normal lives. Most methadone treatment plans include a long-drawn-out taper, the goal at Banyan Boca’s Detox Facilities is to speed up this process and give the individual a true chance at a life in recovery. Just like any other opiate, Methadone can lead to serious complications if used long term, and should be detoxed properly and safely.