Until about 2010, the only option for opiate addicts with the desire to get clean was to enroll in a methadone program from a State Certified methadone clinic. Since the 1960s, methadone clinics have been popping up in communities affected by opiate dependency all across the country. For thousands of recovering addicts, the program has been an effective way of getting clean from street drugs like heroin and Fentanyl. But there are some problems with the program as maintenance doses of methadone are not a cure for addiction. The program in combination with accredited counseling is much more effective than medication alone. The following article is about how methadone clinics operate and different options for those seeking recovery from opiate dependency.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is a solid synthetic opiate used to treat chronic pain or the recovery of opiate addiction. It was first synthesized in the 1940s and then applied to scientific methods for combating addiction as early as the 1950s. The drug works by binding itself to the opiate receptors in the brain. When additional opiates are added, the effects are much less euphoric for the user. In other words, the user does not get as high from street drugs when they have taken their daily dose of methadone, and the perceived benefits are significantly reduced.
The problem with methadone is that it is still a highly addictive opiate. And although the user might have stopped using street drugs while enrolled in a methadone program, the dependency on opiates remains. A good methadone clinic will prescribe Methadone but with the end goal of getting you completely free and clear of all opiates.
How Does a Methadone Clinic Work?
In most cases, an opiate addict who is opted for a methadone program will need to show up to the clinic every morning to receive their dose. This is to ensure that the doses are properly taken and observable by a clinic technician. In some cases, the addict will come to the methadone clinic multiple times a day for their doses.
After significant time off of street drugs, a doctor will usually prescribe Methadone for an addict to take on their own. The problem with methadone is that one is not taking their prescription correctly; the drug becomes a new currency for addicts s to deal in. This is why it’s always recommended that a maintenance drug be prescribed with certified, accredited drug counseling.
Are There Other Options For Opioid Replacement Besides Methadone?
In the past ten years, there have been substantial medical advancements in opiate addiction research. Namely, the developments and introduction of Suboxone (also known as naloxone or buprenorphine) have significantly increased success in the recovery process from opiate dependency. Suboxone has much more benefits when compared to methadone, mainly in its ability to reverse opiate overdoses.
Also, the drug is not an opiate, and it’s easier to kick when the desire to become entirely free of opiates is there. Like methadone, the addict cannot get high on street opiates when they have taken their daily dose of Suboxone. But it’s even more effective in decreasing the perceived benefits from getting high, making it the ideal drug for recovering from dependency…
Is Methadone Enough for Getting Sober?
If you or someone you know is dealing with opiate addiction, You are not alone, and there is help. Unfortunately, receiving a prescription for a drug like methadone or Suboxone is not enough; statistically speaking, relapse is more often when maintenance drugs are not coupled with certified drug counseling combinations.
Fortunately for you, the first step is getting held, and you are in the right place. Consider Allure Detox as a source for all your questions and concerns involving addiction to opiates or any other substances. Our goal is to detox you safely off all opiates or follow a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program using buprenorphine (Suboxone, etc.)