New Jersey Methadone Clinics
Methadone has a long history of use in the treatment of opioid dependence in adults and it is administered orally – it means that is used to treat individuals who have become addicted to heroin, fentanyl, or prescription opiate pain pills such as Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxymorphine, Codeine, Percocet, or Vicodin. Methadone is a long-acting synthetic opioid agonist that can mitigate or prevent opioid withdrawal symptoms and meaningfully reduce cravings for opiates in individuals addicted to the substance. Methadone treatment is widely accepted as effective for opiate use disorder and most states in America license opioid treatment programs utilizing methadone. Over the years, it has helped millions of people stay sober and live a healthy life. Methadone, taken daily, is available in liquid, powder and diskette forms.
Research has shown that medication assisted treatment, or MAT, utilizing methadone is more effective when combined with behavioral treatment, or
individual and group counseling. Results are even better when patients are provided with, or referred to, other needed medical, psychiatric, psychological and social services such as employment or family services. Methadone is safe and effective when taken as prescribed. The medication must be received under the supervision of a practitioner and the length of treatment should be a minimum of 12 months. Methadone can only be received at methadone clinics in New Jersey. Methadone, by itself can cause dependence and a methadone detox may be needed when the individual utilizing methadone to address opiate withdrawal symptoms and opiate craving chooses to stop using it.
Methadone is a long-acting synthetic opiate and it occupies the same opioid receptors in the brain as heroin, or opioid pain pills, but it has a more gradual onset and there is no “rush.” Methadone is neither intoxicating nor sedating and it has the ability to block the euphoria caused by heroin or opioid pain pills if the individual does try to abuse them while on methadone.
It is longer acting and less potent than heroin. However, methadone is habit-forming or addictive unless used exactly as prescribed. When the body becomes reliant on this medication, it becomes difficult to stop due to the onset of opiate withdrawal symptoms when the person using this medication to address opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings wishes to stop using this medication. The number of poisoning deaths involving methadone increased from 790 in 1999 to 5,420 in 2006. Methadone is involved in one-third of opiate pain reliever-related overdose deaths.
At CNT, we provide detoxification from methadone. Although a methadone detox is not easy, we have the experience to make it as comfortable as
possible. The primary medication CNT uses to detox individuals who have become dependent on methadone is buprenorphine – Suboxone, Zubsolv or
Subutex. CNT is a premier methadone detox clinic in New Jersey with over 7 years of experience detoxing people off of methadone.
It is always advisable to come off of methadone at a medical facility because, although it does not cause euphoria, it is still a narcotic. Severe withdrawal symptoms after stopping methadone use can cause even long-term methadone users who have abstained from abusing opiates to revert to opiate use in order to obtain relief from withdrawal symptoms.
At CNT, our team is very experienced in detoxing individuals off of methadone and we can provide you with a realistic expectation of the process.
The Symptoms of Methadone Withdrawal
Usually, methadone withdrawal has similar symptoms to that of opiates such as morphine, fentanyl, opioid pain pills or heroin, but they are somewhat less intense. These symptoms could include fever, muscle pain, chills, nausea, vomiting, sweating, anxiety, paranoia, diarrhea, stomach cramps, cravings, depression, and insomnia.
The Timeline for Methadone Withdrawal
The onset of withdrawal symptoms depends on the dose of methadone an individual is consuming. They can present themselves within 24 hours of the last dose. If methadone use is stopped, the first 7-10 days can be extremely painful with physical and psychological symptoms.
At CNT, we provide alternate medications, primarily buprenorphine, that make methadone detox more tolerable as they address withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
How Can Methadone Detox Help?
CNT is one of the most trusted methadone detox clinics in New Jersey for safe and efficient methadone detox. The process of methadone detox
includes substituting methadone with a medication, and tapering the dose over time. The “go to” medication is buprenorphine.
It is advisable to stop methadone use only in a medically monitored detox facility because cravings or withdrawal symptoms induced by stopping
methadone treatment can lead to a relapse on opiates. This would waste years of hard work in recovery.
In case of emergency call 911 or head to the nearest ER.