At the top of the list of reasons people go to the hospital and doctor is for pain relief. On the market today there are many different drugs that ease pain; the most popular are opioids and narcotics. They are manufactured from opium, which comes from the poppy plant. A natural product of opium is morphine, and from morphine, methadone is produced. Since the 1960’s, people addicted to heroin have experienced the use of methadone during a methadone detox.
However, substituting one drug for another may temporarily solve one problem, but will eventually create a whole other host of problems. Methadone quickly collects in the body, and because the half-life of methadone is so long the withdrawal tends to be prolonged and severe. So, stopping ‘cold-turkey’ will most assuredly create a methadone detox of another sort. It will last up to 10 days, and you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms such as; muscle and bone pain, sweat and cold flashes, diarrhea, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and vomiting.
According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly forty percent of methadone users are co-addicted to other drugs such as alcohol or cocaine, and they also suffer from mental disorders. This is called ‘cross-addiction.’ Cross addicted people have a whole host of physical and emotional issues that come about even more so during a methadone detox.
We at Pat Moore Foundation recommend that a methadone detox be managed in a licensed detoxification facility like ours. We offer patients a safe and secure methadone detox, and a full evaluation of your emotional and physical status. Once we’ve established your condition we can offer the appropriate methadone detox and rehab treatment plan.