How It Works and Is It Safe?
Methadone has been used in the treatment of opioid addiction since the 1960s, and decades of extensive research attests to its safety and effectiveness. Methadone provides patients with much-needed relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while also eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Methadone is typically used as liquid solution or dissolvable tablet that works with the central nervous system in order to provide relief and mental clarity.
When methadone is taken as prescribed under the close guidance of a trained addiction treatment expert at a licensed treatment facility, it is extremely safe. Methadone’s safety has been confirmed for both short and long-term use. Most side effects that may occur while taking methadone are typically temporary and only take place during the induction phase of treatment when the appropriate dosage level is being determined.
According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), pregnant women can safely take methadone for the treatment of opioid dependency, as use of this medication will not pose detrimental health risks to either mother or baby.
Individuals who consume methadone for recreational purposes or in any other ways contrary to the guidelines established by the prescribing physician place themselves at risk for dangerous side effects. Recreational methadone use can lead to overdose and death. However, when it is taken as directed, methadone is extremely safe.
The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment
The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that opioid treatment programs that offer methadone are among the most effective programs. The following are among the advantages that methadone provides when it is incorporated into a patient’s treatment program:
- Eliminating opioid use
- Lowering the risk of overdose
- Decreasing the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
- Dramatically increasing the average life expectancy
- Reducing the likelihood of taking part in illegal activity
- Increased family stability and career potential
- Improving outcomes for pregnant women and their babies
When taken as prescribed within a licensed treatment program, methadone is a safe and effective option for opioid dependency.
Benefits of Methadone Treatment and Counseling
While use of methadone can be extremely beneficial in treatment of opioid addiction, patients must understand that lasting recovery requires treatment for both the physical and psychological aspects of their addiction. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island provides patients with opportunity to incorporate therapeutic interventions such as individual and group therapy into their treatment program. These therapy sessions are designed to address and treat the root causes of a patient’s addictive behaviors while providing patients with the groundwork for a substance-free future.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program
Although the use of methadone can provide patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, lasting recovery requires effort, time, and sincere dedication on behalf of the patient. Patients are able to dramatically increase the chances that lasting recovery will occur when they actively play a role in their treatment. Our team of medical experts is readily available to assist patients throughout the entire treatment process.
How to Support Your Loved One during Medication Assisted Treatment
Before you are able to provide your loved one with the support that they require for lasting recovery, you must first receive support of your own. Addiction affects each individual that it touches, which is why everyone involved must seek out treatment. Individual therapy, support groups, and family therapy are excellent sources of education, support, and guidance that can productively assist individuals in strengthening their bonds with their loved one as he or she progresses towards recovery.
The Side Effects of Methadone
The following side effects have been associated with the use of methadone:
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Exhaustion or fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
- Slowed breathing
- Skin rashes
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
To learn more about methadone as well as the other treatment options that we offer, please contact Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island today. We look forward to answering all of your questions and preparing you for an opioid-free future.