Methadone is a synthetic opioid that has been associated with treatments for heroin addictions since the 1970’s. In the late 1990’s, methadone’s clinical use as a prescription painkiller increased rapidly and improper use and abuse of this drug continues to raise concerns. According to the World Health Organization, “The notion that drug dependence could be ….
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Opiate dependencies and addictions have been continuously soaring, despite the efforts to control widespread distributions of heroin and the overabundant prescribing practices and diversions involving opiate painkillers. Unfortunately, as the availability of one drug decreases, another one takes its place and many opiate abusers are alternating or switching to the more potent heroin versions as ….
Changing lives for those who are dependent on opioids is what methadone maintenance therapy is all about. Detoxification from short-acting opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers is generally not enough to promote long-term abstinence as these drugs have powerful, and in some ways, predictable, properties that change brain functions and neurobiological systems that are influential ….
Methadone clinics have helped thousands of people dependent on opiates achieve their treatment goals, but, for the thousands of others needing this help, methadone treatments provided in the clinics have been, traditionally, unavailable or unobtainable due to the clinic locations and treatment costs. With an epidemic rise in individuals needing treatment for prescription painkillers and ….
Methadone clinics provide medically supervised withdrawal, long term detoxification, and methadone maintenance treatments for individuals who need help overcoming opioid dependencies. While there are, certainly, other choices of medication assisted therapies available for opioid dependent individuals and various treatment approaches and settings, there are many reasons to choose a methadone clinic for help. For help ….
Methadone maintenance treatment options exist to assist those who are addicted to opiates such as heroin or certain types of prescription painkillers in their efforts to overcome the powerful physical symptoms of dependence and retrain themselves to live opiate free. Although methadone itself is an opiate, the power of this drug to help in curbing ….
The time it takes for anyone to become addicted to a specific medication or drug all depends on different factors. There is no certain amount of time that it will take for someone to become addicted to a drug. The certainties of addiction are that the individual must be abusing the drug and that they ….
Methadone maintenance programs have a long history of effectiveness in treating opiate dependent individuals by providing adequate doses of methadone combined with counseling, education, and psychosocial services to help reduce or eliminate illicit opiate abuse and the destructive behaviors associated with its use. Benefits of a Methadone Maintenance Program Methadone maintenance programs have been proven ….
Buprenoprhine is a partial opioid agonist that can be used alone under the brand name Subutex or paired with naloxone under the brand name Suboxone. As it is a medication that was (fairly recently) approved to treat opioid addiction in 2002, not much is known about buprenorphine by the general public compared to methadone. Many ….
Methadone maintenance programs change lives for the better in many ways. According to the CDC, “It is estimated that at least 980,000 people in the United States are currently addicted to heroin and other opiates (such as OxyContin, Dilaudid, and hydrocodone).” Methadone maintenance treatment helps many individuals who are currently addicted to opioid drugs (illicit ….