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Methadone Detox: Painkillers and Addiction

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.