Methadone Detox

Methadone is a synthetic opioid that is typically used to help wean people off other addictive substances. However, it is not uncommon for people to then become addicted to it. If you have become dependent on methadone and are considering detox, it may be helpful to know what to expect from this type of program.

Why Methadone Detox Is Necessary

Detox from methadone is necessary because is it physically and psychologically addicting. In order to recover from the mental dependency of the substance, individuals must first go through detoxification to remove the toxins that cause the biological dependency. Without detox, long term sobriety cannot be achieved.

Why Medically Monitored Prescription Drug Detox Is Important

The withdrawal symptoms that come with methadone detox can be grueling. With round-the-clock professional care, patients can get the moral support that they need without the distractions and temptations that might influence them otherwise. There are various complications that can occur while in detox such as heart attack, stroke, seizures and other painful withdrawal symptoms. While under the supervision of medical physicians, patients can be given non-addictive medications to help them cope and avoid dangerous circumstances.   

Methadone Detox Versus Methadone Rehab

Detox is the first phase that patients will undergo when they commit to a recovery program. Rehab is the program that begins when detox has completed. This is where individuals will take part in various counseling and therapy sessions that help them prepare to live their life without methadone. Detox and rehab work best when done consecutively in an inpatient facility.

Common Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal varies from person to person depending on how severe their addiction. Symptoms are usually noticeable within the first 12 to 24 hours after the last use and can last from one week to several weeks. Some withdrawal symptoms that are to be expected include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Abnormal changes in bodily temperature
  • Muscle pains
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Lacrimation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia 

Withdrawal And Co-Occurring Conditions

It is not uncommon for those that are addicted to methadone to have accompanying disorders. It is important to identify these conditions so that individuals can choose the addiction treatment center that offers the necessary services in order to maximize recovery. The following co-occurring conditions that are commonly seen in those with a methadone dependency:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Phobias
  • Panic disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Attention Deficit/Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

Detox is the first crucial step in recovery. Call today to talk to a professional about finding the right addiction treatment center for you.


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