What is Methadone?
Methadone is a synthetic opioid that was traditionally used as a painkiller and is more commonly known now for methadone maintenance treatment – the long-term prescribing of methadone to reduce withdrawal symptoms and aid detox from addiction to opiates, such as heroin. While methadone helps to manage physical symptoms, maintenance therapy often leads to transferring one opioid addiction to methadone itself.
At Castle Craig rehab clinic we do not use methadone maintenance therapy for heroin or other opiate addiction. We provide a structured methadone addiction treatment programme, which helps our patients to quit methadone and opiates.
How does Methadone work?
Methadone changes how the nervous system responds to pain by relieving opiate withdrawal symptoms and blocking the euphoric effects that opiate drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone have on the body. The most common brand names for methadone are Diskets, Dolophine and Methadose.
Methadone is a long-acting drug, which means that it remains in the body long after its effects have worn-off. This can increase the risk of overdose leading to death.
In Scotland in 2011, there were 247 deaths attributed to methadone abuse, while 206 died from heroin overdoses. Over a quarter of a million people in the UK are prescribed daily methadone doses.
Methadone Rehab Treatment
Methadone withdrawal can be very uncomfortable. Common methadone withdrawal symptoms are: sleeplessness, anxiety, muscle pains, stomach cramps, nausea.
While methadone withdrawal is similar to heroin or morphine withdrawal, but the drug stays in the system for longer than many other drugs. Symptoms of withdrawal from methadone can last three to six weeks. Therefore, methadone users should only detox under medical supervision.
At Castle Craig our goal is to ensure each patient’s safety and ease their physical and psychological discomfort during the methadone detoxification process. The methadone detox programme begins with a thorough pre-assessment by our Consultant Psychiatrist to determine the patient’s personalised needs. Each patient’s methadone detox regime is personalised according to the characteristics of their use history: how much and for how long they had been taking methadone and in combination with what other drugs, etc.
We provide 24/7 medically monitored detox. Our residential nursing staff monitor each patient regularly, so that withdrawal symptoms from methadone are carefully managed.
In order to help the body manage methadone withdrawal symptoms and adapt to decreasing amounts of the drug, the patient will be detoxed by slowly reducing their dose until zero. Towards the end of the detox, patients may be prescribed medications to help alleviate some of the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
Rehab Treatment for Methadone Addiction
At Castle Craig Rehab we offer a structured methadone addiction treatment programme, which includes medical care and detox supervision, followed by a personalised psychotherapy treatment plan for each patient.
Inpatient residential rehab is the most successful type of treatment for methadone addiction as it helps the patient overcome physical cravings while at the same time getting moral support in group therapy sessions.
Methadone addicted patients can explore the underlying causes of their drug problem and get treatment in a secure and peaceful environment, away from the problems of the outside world. By participating in our intensive therapy programme of individual and group therapy, complementary therapies, educational lectures and 12-step support groups patients develop coping strategies to guarantee their long-lasting sobriety and successful reintegration into their home environment.
Get Help for Methadone Detox and Addiction
If you or someone you know is on methadone maintenance therapy or is addicted to methadone and looking for treatment, contact us to get help. Castle Craig Hospital has over 30 years experience in treating opiate and opioid addiction, including methadone addiction.