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Methadone Dependence

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Methadone Dependence can be reversed  in a humane and effective manner.

Methadone dependence can developed, after a short amount of a daily dose. Dependence can be noticed when withdrawal symptoms are present if the drug is discontinue. Usually methadone withdrawal takes about 4 to 12 weeks and is characterized by extreme discomfort and pain, diarrhea, sweats, sleeplessness, and abdominal cramps. Most people are unable to tolerate it without help.
Methadone is a potent narcotic that’s available in pill form, as a liquid and also in dis-solvable tablets. It’s an opioid that’s used as a pain reliever but is mainly used to wean people off of stronger opioids such as heroin. When Methadone is administered as a replacement drug, it’s often referred to as maintenance therapy. Methadone is a long lasting drug that can delay or even prevent most withdrawal symptoms and it also works to block the euphoric rush experienced by other narcotics.
Methadone works as a replacement for other drugs because it produces many of the same effects as other opiate drugs such as contentment, warmth and drowsiness, except without the euphoric rush. Over time, this drug also impairs some of the body’s functions, often causing a drop in blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature. Though methadone is said to have less potential for abuse and addiction than stronger opiates, these problems can still creep up.
Physical opiate dependency can result from regular therapy with opiates. This means withdrawal will kick in once use is stopped. Being physically and psychologically dependent on Methadone can be very problematic, as it indicates Methadone addiction has developed.

Quitting Methadone On Your Own Can Be An Uphill Battle

Methadone can be addictive and may be a very difficult drug to quit. Patients who take it as a replacement for another narcotic often develop physical Methadone dependence quickly. While this medication is ideal for some patients who want to taper their dose slowly, it may be problematic for others who desire to be opiate free. Methadone is a drug that is long lasting in the system, and it’s not recommended that patients try to stop using it without talking to their doctor first. Physical dependence will elicit opiate withdrawal symptoms if a patient tries to stop taking Methadone. However, since Methadone remains in the system for an extended period of time, patients may not feel the initial feelings of withdrawal until 72 hours after their last dose.
Some patients who want to quit Methadone can be safely and successfully tapered. But for many, it becomes a crutch and they fear having to go through opiate withdrawal again. People who have trouble coming off Methadone can benefit from a Methadone detox program. Trying to quit taking Methadone on your own without help is dangerous due to the highly addictive nature of the drug and intense withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal may last for several weeks or possibly longer depending on the dosing regimen. When detoxing from Methadone, some of the following symptoms may occur:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Sneezing
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Dehydration
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Elevated blood pressure

The Dangers of Methadone Abuse

Studies have showed that Methadone has become one of the top three drugs highly associated with overdose and deaths. This can be a result of Methadone being used as a treatment for opiate dependence; even though nine out of ten times, it is way more addictive than the drugs to which the patient was originally addicted to.  Unfortunately, Methadone maintenance is really trading one addiction for another.
If you are suffering with Methadone dependence, give us a call. Let us provide you with the most humane and effective medical detoxification available.

Waismann Method for Methadone Treatment and Detox

Waismann Method Rapid Detox Center has developed successful medical protocols, that allows even very high dosage methadone dependent patients to be fully detoxed off all opioids in as little seven to 10 days inpatient. Waismann Detox team has succeeded in helping methadone detox patients taking in excess of many hundreds of mgs of methadone daily, to achieve a full detoxification while experiencing minimum discomfort compared to any other Methadone detox out there.
Methadone dependent patients are admitted to their private rooms of our full service hospital.. They receive around the clock medical care for a few days , until physically ready to continue for a few extra days, in our recover center Domus Retreat. Thousands of patients from all over the world have traveled to So. California to be successfully treated with the Waismann Method.
If you or someone you love is suffering with Methadone Dependence call us today at 310-205-0808, to find out how you can get your life back in a safe, private and comfortable manner.

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