Why Choose a Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program?
With all of the treatment options out there, you might wonder why you should choose a methadone maintenance treatment program. Although everyone has their own reasons for making that choice, these are a few very good ones.
You Won’t Have to Go Through Withdrawal
According to the National Library of Medicine, methadone is often used to prevent the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. It is an opioid agonist; it blocks the opiates in the brain by binding to the receptor sites in the brain. If you want to try methadone for opiate withdrawal, call 800-891-9360(Who Answers?).
It Is One of the Oldest Proven Treatments
Methadone has been in use to treat chronic pain or withdrawal since 1947, when it was approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration. Despite side effects and an overdose risk, it has been a proven treatment for decades.
It Eases Chronic Pain
Methadone was originally developed as a pain killer. Now it is used to treat chronic pain in people who:
- Cannot tolerate opiates
- Have an addiction to opiates
- Prefer a longer lasting pain killer
- Are allergic to opiate and opioid medications
It makes an extremely effective, long lasting pain killer with minimal side effects.
It Controls Cravings
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methadone helps people with opiate addictions control their cravings. In many cases, it reduces or completely eliminates the longings for opiates. This helps to prevent relapse and overdose associated with relapse.
It Reduces the Risk of Blood Borne Diseases
Methadone maintenance reduces needle use because you do not inject it and it keeps you off street opiates. This reduces the incidents of blood borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis. Scientists are not sure if the reduction is due to a diminished likelihood to engage in high risk behavior or if it is because users are no longer injecting drugs.
It Is Cost Effective
Methadone is less expensive than street opiates and other prescription alternatives. In many cases, insurance will pay for your treatment. It is worth it to check with your insurance company when you are considering methadone treatment options.
It Has Fewer Risks Than Traditional Opiates
People using methadone to get off street and prescription opiates find themselves much healthier after treatment. This is both due to proper nutrition and methadone’ relative safety.
A few of the possible risks include:
- Allergic reactions during early treatment
- Illicit use and overdose
- Combination with other CNS depressants can be risky
Methadone Maintenance Programs Are Easy to Find
An excellent methadone maintenance treatment program is very easy to find. All you have to do is call 800-891-9360(Who Answers?). We can help.