METHADONE REHAB

Victory Bay Drug Guide

Methadone is an opioid that’s used to treat patients with moderate to severe pain. It can also be used to help taper individuals off of an opioid dependence by working in parts of the brain and spinal cord to block the “high” that’s caused by them as well as reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

In 2012, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, almost 2.5 million people over the age of 12 reported abusing methadone in their lifetime. Furthermore, in 2011, more than 65,000 emergency room visits were due to methadone misuse. This is why methadone rehabilitation is important.

Methadone Abuse

SYMPTOMS

Methadone is available as a tablet, in liquid form, or via an injection, but no matter how it’s ingested, it can take several days before a dose is fully effective. Because of this, some people take it in higher doses in order to experience a “high” that can also lead to a need for a methadone treatment center. Feelings from methadone use include:

  • An overall euphoria
  • Sedation

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Dangers & Effects

Methadone is a dangerous drug to abuse, which is why we offer rehab for methadone users. Because it lasts so long, it’s easy for an individual to take doses too close together and unintentionally overdose. After steady use, it’s also easy to develop effects like:

Short-term effects include:

  • Itchy or flushed skin
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Disorientation
  • Blurred vision

Long-term effects include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Mental health issues like anxiety or depression
  • Memory loss
  • Increased risk of heart problems
  • Respiratory issues
  • Sexual dysfunction

Withdrawal

When an individual uses methadone for an extended period of time, they develop a tolerance to it and unlike other drugs, increased doses tend to leave the user in more of “numb” state than a “high” state. When they stop using it without methadone withdrawal help, they can experience symptoms like:

  • Chills or tremors
  • Restlessness
  • Elevated pain sensitivity
  • Irritability
  • Stomach cramps
  • Excessive sweating
  • Poor focus and concentration

Treatment Option

At Victory Bay, we understand that methadone dependence can be unlike other drug dependences and we’re here to help. Our methadone addiction treatment centers offer rehab programs that help cleanse your body and guide you down a path to recovery. Our state-of-the-art facility is safe, comfortable, and staffed with the best caregivers. We’ll tailor a methadone rehab program to your needs and do everything we can to help you reach your health goal.

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