Heroin addicts, and those addicted to other opiates and painkillers with opiate properties, such as oxycontin or vicodin, may consider Methadone Maintenance as a treatment option to beat their addiction. The treatment stems the desire or craving for other drugs, helping the withdrawal process. If taken every day, once a day, methadone cancels out the effects of other opiates. This eliminates the withdrawal symptoms and cravings for these drugs. An added benefit of methadone is that, in this dosage amount, it does not leave you feeling as if you are drugged or high. You are able to lead a normal, stable life under its influence. However, it is vital that the methadone be taken in the correct dosage. At the beginning of the treatment process, the patient will need to go to a clinic or doctor’s office in order to be given the dosage amount for the day. After a period, once the patient is stable, they will be able to take the methadone at home. The treatment plan lasts for a period of at least 3 months to ensure that it works.
While undergoing Methadone Maintenance Treatment, it is important to continue with support groups and individual and group therapy. Eventually, the dosage of methadone will become less and less, to guard against forming a dependence on the drug, and to enable the patient to live a drug-free, sober life. If you are struggling with addiction to heroin or other opiates, Methadone Maintenance may be the right treatment plan for you. Call one of the Illinois treatment facilities listed on our website to find out if they offer the treatment. You can beat addiction. Start today.
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