Methadone Detox Program

Methadone Detox Program

Methadone Detox - Chapel Hill Detox

Methadone, an opioid painkiller, is a legal opioid therapy used to treat individuals suffering from addiction to other opioid drugs (such as heroin). When taken under the supervision of a medical expert, methadone can be very beneficial as a short-term treatment for other, more lethal opiate addictions. However, it is important to note that methadone should only be used as a short-term treatment, and use should always be monitored by a team of medical professionals. The substance itself is highly addictive, and can quickly lead to dependency if misused.

We at Chapel Hill have developed a comprehensive and effective detox program for those suffering from methadone addiction. Not only will we educate our clients on the risks involved with methadone use, we will work with them to develop a plan of action that does not include substance use of any kind.

Methadone Abuse, Symptoms and Risk Involved

Although methadone can be very helpful in treating other opioid addictions, when abused, it can pose a great deal of health complications and social challenges. Using any amount of this substance (outside of the legal prescription) is considered drug abuse. Abusing methadone has killed thousands of Americans – in fact, methadone-related overdose is one of the leading causes of accidental death nationwide.

The symptoms related to methadone abuse and addiction mimic the symptoms of addiction to illicit opioids, such as heroin. Some of the most common indications of methadone abuse include fatigue or lethargy, constricted pupils, and compromised motor functions. Other symptoms may include decreased appetite, low blood pressure, decreased heart rate, and tremors.

According to a report by CDC America, there were 784 methadone-related deaths in 1999 alone. In 2006, an overwhelming 5,406 Americans lost their lives to methadone abuse. In 2007, there were 5,518 fatalities. Clearly, methadone is a major player in the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Both the short-term and the long-term risks related to methadone abuse can be devastating.

Short-term risks may include:

  • Immense difficulty breathing due to respiratory depression
  • Cyanosis
  • Tremors
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting

The long-term risks may include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Brain and/or liver damage
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal ideation

Withdrawal Symptoms

When taken other than as prescribed, methadone can be very addictive. If an individual uses small amounts of methadone for an extended period of time, he or she will likely develop a tolerance. When the physical body becomes accustomed to using methadone in order to function normally, a physical dependency will begin to develop. After a dependency develops, the individual will experience symptoms of withdrawal upon ceased use.  We at Chapel Hill Detox are well-versed in the reduction of methadone withdrawal symptoms.  Symptoms of withdrawal related to methadone may include:

  • Fever
  • Abnormal sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach cramping
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Paranoia
  • Intense cravings
  • Insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns

Our Team of Medical Specialists

We at Chapel Hill Detox understand that withdrawing from methadone can be physically painful and psychologically intense. For this reason, our team of dedicated medical professionals is constantly available to reduce the severity of mental and physical symptoms. Our luxurious accommodations lend themselves to quick and effective recovery.

You don’t have to wait another day. For more information on our comprehensive program for Methadone Detox, contact the addiction treatment professionals at Chapel Hill Detox today.