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Methadone Addiction & Dependency

Effects and Consequences of Methadone Addiction

Long-term Methadone use causes Methadone addiction and/or dependency. Methadone is a synthetic substance with pharmacological properties similar to morphine and heroin. Doctors prescribe methadone for patients with severe pain, such as those with serious injuries or those who have undergone major surgery. Some also prescribe it to treat addiction to heroin or other opioids as an opiate replacement/substitute.

Methadone works in the brain to decrease the sensation of pain and to mute the emotional response to pain.

Methadone is a powerful narcotic used as a substitution therapy to help detox and wean patients from heroin, codeine and other opiates. Essentially, a legal dependency (methadone) substitutes for an illegal dependency (heroin). Methadone is available in government-approved drug treatment clinics and by prescription in some areas. Though it has shown success in treating addiction, Methadone itself can be addictive and may require a second detox.

The synthetic opioid was developed in Germany in the 1940s as a response to the drastic increase in the cases of heroin addiction during World War II. The narcotic pain reliever reduces withdrawal symptoms of addiction without causing users to get high. Methadone is long-acting and helps block the euphoric rush from other narcotics such as Fentanyl, heroin, and OxyContin.

The government strictly controls and regulates Methadone dispensing. Opiates attach to opiate receptors in the body and can alter reward centers in the brain, leading to physical addiction. Methadone addiction is the physical dependence that leads to chronic use despite negative consequences.

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Signs of Methadone Addiction

Tolerance and dependence to Methadone can take hold quickly. While it may be ideal for maintenance therapy, it is not the right treatment for users looking to become completely opiate-free. Withdrawal symptoms with Methadone are a sure sign of physical dependence. Professionals consider symptoms less severe than with morphine or heroin but last longer, sometimes 2 weeks to 6 months. Methadone withdrawal can cause the following problems: lightheadedness, sneezing, vomiting, delusions, paranoia, elevated blood pressure, suicidal ideation, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, aches and pain, tremors, depression, prolonged insomnia, delirium, hallucinations, agitation, and anxiety.

Waismann Method of Rapid Detox for Methadone

Waismann Method detox treatment is a renowned rapid detox program that has been lauded for its success rate in treating methadone addiction. The medical team provides treatment in a fully-accredited hospital in Orange County, Ca., Thus, staff monitor patients around the clock in the comfort of their private rooms. During the anesthesia-assisted methadone detoxification, patients rest comfortably under sedation while our multi board-certified medical director precipitates the withdrawal and cleanses the methadone from the opiate receptors. Accelerated withdrawal symptoms occur within a couple of hours instead of days, as with traditional methods.

Our Methadone Rapid Detox Offers:

  •  Full service accredited JCAHO hospital.
  • Access to various medical specialists and experts.
  • Private rooms that allow individualized attention, extra comfort and privacy.
  • Almost two decades of experience in treating all dosages of Methadone.
  • Quadrupled Board Certified Medical Director: Addiction Medicine, Pain Management, Anesthesiology.
  • Around-the-clock professional care for 5 to 10 days inpatient. including hospital and recovery center.

If safety and effectiveness are your priorities, Waismann Method Medical Group should be your only choice.

Since the late 90s, we have assisted thousands of individuals in achieving a healthy recovery from opiate addiction. Our mission has been to detox patients humanely, safely and successfully. Through the years our multi-board certified physicians have utilized the most advanced medical resources and facilities. We realize that every individual has an unique history and profile. For that reason, we create individualized treatment programs that serve each patient’s needs.

For more information on our treatment for Methadone addiction, call us today at 310-205-0808

Signs of ACTIQ Addiction

ACTIQ addiction is progressive in nature, meaning it gets worse over time. Addiction can escalate to hazardous levels, where people will do anything to acquire and use the drug, regardless of the negative consequences.

  • Some of the most common drug-seeking behaviors are;
  • Shopping around for doctors to secure more of a supply.
  • Buying or trading them illicitly.
  • Falsification of prescriptions.
  • Seek prescriptions from multiple doctors.
  • Not use the drug correctly.
  • Continue long-term use.
  • Be unable to perform ordinary tasks of daily living.
  • Financial trouble.
  • Noticeable deficits in proper self-care.

It is essential to understand that ACTIQ detoxification is available in many different settings. How safe and effective each treatment is, often equates to the facility and treating physician credentials and experience.

ACTIQ Addiction Treatment

There are a variety of drug treatment approaches that focus on the addiction itself. The issue with this form of drug treatment is that often the patients becomes or feels invisible. Consequently, depression returns and relapse is inevitable.  ACTIQ addiction treatment should include a combination of medical detoxification and behavioral therapy. The specific protocol for detoxification and treatment should vary depending on the patient’s individual physical and emotional needs.

Detoxification methods for prescription drug abuse tend to be similar to those for heroin or Methadone because of its effect in the same area of the brain. The best addiction treatment programs provide a wide range of medical resources and a combination of therapeutic services to meet an individual patient’s needs. Additionally, an individualized emotional assessment may be critical for the full recovery of patients who suffer from co-occurring mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other psychological conditions.

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Domus Retreat Recovery Center

A Perfect Place for Restoration and Rebuilding

While alcohol detox ends the body’s dependence on alcohol in a matter of days, the long-term physical and mental consequences of alcohol abuse remain. After Waismann Method’s patients have successfully detoxed from alcohol, they transition to the next treatment phase, Domus Retreat, our inclusive recovery center designed to feel like a luxury resort. Nestled in a secluded area in Anaheim Hills, Southern California, Domus Retreat offers private suites, chef-cooked meals, housekeeping services, and professional massages. However, the Domus Retreat is much more than a beautiful place to escape daily life’s stress.

Patients undergo an immersive, innovative, and evidence-based treatment experience. Waismann Method® alcohol treatment includes an individualized program of private or group yoga, tai chi, meditation practice, drama therapy, and intensive individual psychotherapy sessions. Each therapeutic program is unique because it is customized to a patient’s particular needs, goals, and preferences. We have been successfully treating patients for over two decades.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with alcohol addiction and dependence, contact the experts at Waismann Method®. Our medically supervised alcohol detox and recovery program offers a safe, discreet, and effective way to return to a life free of alcohol.

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