A comprehensive outpatient methadone treatment facility in Bulloch County, typical treatment only $13/day. Reliance Treatment Center of Statesboro.

Methadone

Methadone is a rigorously well-tested Medication that is safe and efficacious for the treatment of narcotic withdrawal and dependence. For more than 50 years this synthetic narcotic has been used to treat opioid addiction. Opioids release an excess of dopamine in the body and causes users to feel the need of an opioid continuously occupying the opioid receptor in the brain. Methadone occupies this receptor and is the stabilizing factor that permits addicts on Methadone to change their behavior and to discontinue the use of opioids.

Reliance Treatment Center of Statesboro provides professionally supervised Opiate Addiction maintenance with the use of Methadone. Methadone is not the treatment; Methadone is used only as a tool in the patient’s recovery process.

Taken orally daily, methadone suppresses narcotic withdrawal for between 24 and 36 hours. Because methadone is effective in eliminating withdrawal symptoms, it is used in detoxifying opiate addicts. It is, however, only effective in cases of addiction to opioids, morphine, and other opioid drugs. It has not been determined to be an effective treatment for other drugs of abuse such as Methamphetamine and Cocaine. Methadone reduces the cravings associated with opiate use and blocks the high from opiates, but it does not provide the euphoric rush.

Consequently, Methadone patients do not experience the extreme highs and lows that result from the waxing and waning of opiates in blood levels. Ultimately, the patient remains physically dependent on the opioid, but is freed from the uncontrolled, compulsive, and disruptive behavior seen in opiates addicts. Withdrawal from methadone is much slower than that from opiates. As a result, it is possible to maintain an addict on Methadone without harsh side effects. Many methadone maintenance treatment patients require continuous treatment, sometimes over a period of years.

Methadone maintenance treatment provides the opioid addict with individualized health care and medically prescribed Methadone to relieve withdrawal symptoms, reduces the opiate craving, and brings about a biochemical balance in the body. Important elements in opioid treatment include comprehensive social and rehabilitation services.

Like any controlled substance, there is a risk of abuse. When used as prescribed and under a physician's care, research and clinical studies suggest that long-term MMT is medically safe (COMPA, 1997). When methadone is taken under medical supervision, long-term maintenance causes no adverse effects to the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, bones, blood, brain, or other vital body organs. Methadone produces no serious side effects, although some patients experience minor symptoms such as constipation, water retention, drowsiness, skin rash, excessive sweating, and changes in libido. Once methadone dosage is adjusted and stabilized or tolerance increases, these symptoms usually subside.

Methadone is a legal medication produced by licensed and approved pharmaceutical companies using quality control standards. Under a physician's supervision, it is administered orally on a daily basis with strict program conditions and guidelines. Methadone does not impair cognitive functions. It has no adverse effects on mental capability, intelligence, or employability. It is not sedating or intoxicating, nor does it interfere with ordinary activities such as driving a car or operating machinery. Patients are able to feel pain and experience emotional reactions. Most importantly, methadone relieves the craving associated with opiate addiction. For methadone patients, typical street doses of opioids are ineffective at producing euphoria, making the use of opioids less desirable.