Staying on Methadone – What to do in between doses
If you’re in between methadone doses, or if you are currently taking methadone and realized that your clinic will soon be closed for a day and you will be unable to obtain your dose, things can get pretty scary. Of course you are worried about the symptoms you will feel if you miss a dose, and maybe you’re worried that you’ll relapse.
For immediate assistance, call our helpline toll-free at 800-891-9360(Who Answers?). We can help you stay on track by connecting you with a professional in your area that can provide immediate treatment. Below are a few additional options that you have when it comes to staying on the right track with your treatment even if your clinic is going to be closed or if you’re afraid you’ll miss a dose.
Ask a Friend for Help
If you are given take-home doses for the short time the clinic will be closed, ask a friend who can help you administer them safely to stay with you during this time. Your friend will need to make sure you take your medication at the right time and that you do not take more than you are supposed to. Early on in your treatment, this can be a serious temptation, but it can also be difficult for those who have been in treatment for a long time. By asking a friend for help, you can avoid any serious problems associated with your methadone treatment or the possibility of abuse.
In an Emergency Situation, Call 911
You should always call 911 if you believe your situation has become dangerous. If you have overdosed on your medication or on other opioids at a time where your clinic is closed––or even if it is open––you must call 911 immediately. However, if you abuse your medication or another substance and need help, you can go to your personal physician, another type of treatment center, or a support group meeting for help. Remember that, even if your methadone clinic is closed, there are still plenty of other options available to you where you can find help.