Methadone is a REPLACEMENT THERAPY for the treatment of the physical and psychological dependence (aka "addiction") to opiate class drugs. It is recommended that methadone be paired with case management or counseling services.
For those who are opiate addicted, methadone is a long acting medication that can prevent withdrawal for 24 hours with one daily dose without you ever feeling intoxicated, "high" or sedated.
Treatment goals are up to the client, meaning cutting down on use or stopping completely.
- When prescribed by a physician in a treatment program, Methadone is legal.
- One dose can prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings for 24-36 hours, which stops the need to use pills.
- It is safer than snorting, crushing or injections other opiates. The exact potency is known. You know where you're getting; and who you're getting it from, when and how. You know it's not cut with anything.
- Methadone keeps the patient comfortable and free from craving street opioids
- The need to participate in the high risk behaviors such as crime and/or prostitution in order to afford pills is lessened.
- Regular connection with professionals and medical staff who understand, care and can help and support you if you struggle.
- The use of needles lessens which also reduces the risk of blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS.
- Methadone allows opiate addicted people to have a balanced life with the focus on school, work and family instead of constantly looking for illegal drugs.