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How to Get Off Methadone

People dependent on prescription painkillers and other opiates may use methadone to help in the weaning process. Methadone is considered to be opiate replacement therapy to treat an opiate addiction. Methadone is an opiate as well, meaning it has the potential to be habit-forming. It’s a Schedule II Controlled Substance and heavily regulated. It’s supposed to be available only through licensed methadone clinics where patients go to receive treatment, though it can be found on the black market. Many clinics and detox facilities offer methadone maintenance to help control a painful withdrawal from other opiates. It was originally introduced to the market to keep heroin addicts from resorting to crime to get high. Methadone is very powerful and maintenance therapy can be a lengthy process. Many people who desired to be free of opiate dependence find themselves becoming addicted to their methadone. These people may need medical help to get off methadone because it too can cause a painful withdrawal. Trying to gradually wean from methadone may work for some people. Others may find this difficult, painful and tedious.

Not All Methadone Treatments are Safe and Effective

For many, an opiate addiction is replaced by a methadone addiction and patients are trapped in the same cycle. Many people desire to be completely chemical free and seek out detox or rehab to eliminate the dependency. Using a cold-turkey approach to getting off methadone can be painful and difficult no matter what dosage you are taking. It can also be dangerous. Trying to gradually taper use is another option but one that may take a long time. Results vary with this method. Detox and rehab facilities use a number of therapies and modalities to treat Methadone addiction but have varying results, depending on their approach. Rapid opiate detox is an option that has shown much promise in recent years, but patients need to be sure they choose the right program. The Waismann Institute, based in southern California, is a pioneer in this field and has perfected its opiate detoxification program over the last decade. We go above and beyond what other programs offer in an effort to ensure treatment is safe, effective and humane. Our main goal is to quickly end the physical opiate dependence and the suffering it causes.

Methadone Detox Can Minimize Withdrawal

The cornerstone of the Waismann Method procedure is withdrawal management. Being able to essentially skip this phase of recovery ensures patients are as comfortable as possible during detox. We use intravenous medication in a hospital to quickly eliminate the drug from patients’ opiate receptors. This occurs while patients are sleeping lightly under general deep sedation and takes less than two hours. Our Methadone detox accelerates withdrawal symptoms, which develop and pass while patients are sedated. They awaken without the awareness they’ve already passed through this phase. Patients stay a total of 3 to 6 days and can return home once discharged. Others may wish to transition in our Domus Retreat facility.

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