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METHADONE TREATMENT FAQs

Are services confidential?

Absolutely! Services are completely confidential, and no information is released unless consent is given.

Isn’t treatment with Methadone just substituting one addictive drug for another?

Not at all! Methadone is administered under monitored, controlled conditions and is safe and effective for treating opioid addiction when used as directed. For example, the onset of action of Methadone is gradual producing stable levels of the drug in the brain, whereas heroin, produces almost immediate “”rush,”” or brief period of intense euphoria, that wears off quickly and ends in a “crash”. This cycle of euphoria, crash, and craving is the hallmark of addiction. Methadone does not cause.

What is the expected length of time in treatment?

The length of time a patient remains in treatment depends greatly upon the patient. Methadone is meant to keep withdrawal and cravings at bay so the patient can focus on making life changes that are necessary in order to remain illicit drug free. The more time spent in treatment the more likely a patient is to remain illicit drug free and avoid relapse.

What is the proper dose of methadone?

Doses are determined individually due to differences in opioid tolerance and metabolism. Each patient works with their counselor, nursing, and the physician to determine their proper dose.”

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