Proudly serving the state of Ohio, our medication assisted treatment centers provide adults the ability to recover from opioid addiction.
How Methadone Treatment Works
Since it was first prescribed in the 1960s for the treatment of opioid addiction, methadone has provided countless patients with much-needed relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Methadone eliminates cravings for continued opioid use while also allowing patients to perform daily activities without impairment. When taken as prescribed under the close supervision of a trained medical professional, methadone is safe and effective for use.
Patients who are prescribed methadone can safely remain on this medication for as long as necessary, as it has been clinically proven safe for both short- and long-term use. Side effects are typically temporary and only occur during the induction phase of treatment when determining a patient’s appropriate dosage.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), methadone is a safe treatment option for pregnant women who are struggling with an addiction to opioids, as use of this medication will not cause health risks to mother or child.
When taken outside of its prescribed guidelines or for recreational purposes, methadone can be dangerous. One-third of all fatalities linked to the abuse of prescription medications were due to methadone abuse. However, when taken as prescribed within a medication-assisted treatment program, methadone is safe for use.
The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), methadone is currently the most effective treatment option for people who are battling an addiction to opioids. When taken as prescribed by a licensed medical professional, methadone can provide the following benefits:
- Prevent future opioid use
- Decrease risk of overdose
- Lower chance of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS
- Drastically increase average life expectancy (the average death rate among people who abuse opioids and who receive methadone treatment is 30% lower than among people who do not receive this form of treatment)
- Decrease odds of taking part in illegal activities
- Increase stability at home and in the workplace
- Improve outcomes for pregnant women and their babies
Benefits of Methadone Treatment Plus Counseling
Ohio Comprehensive Treatment Centers believe that in order for lasting recovery to occur, patients must receive support and treatment for both the emotional and physical aspects of their addiction. Our medication-assisted treatment provides relief from the physical symptoms associated with withdrawal, giving patients the mental clarity that is needed in order to focus on treatment. At Ohio Comprehensive Treatment Centers, patients can participate in various therapeutic interventions, including individual therapy and group therapy. In individual therapy sessions, patients work one-on-one with a highly qualified counselor to determine and treat the underlying causes of their addictive behaviors. Patients are also able to address any questions or issues that may arise while in treatment. Group therapy sessions are led by a counselor and offer a setting where patients facing similar challenges can support and encourage one another. Both individual and group therapy sessions promote open and honest communication as a way to progress towards recovery.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: While methadone can be a powerful tool in the treatment of opioid addiction, patients must understand that true recovery requires time, effort, and dedication. Working closely with our compassionate team of nurses, counselors, and physicians, patients can develop a customized treatment plan that encompasses their unique goals and requirements.
How to Support Your Loved One During Medication-Assisted Treatment: An addiction to opioids affects more than just the addicted individual. So while your focus may be on your loved one who is in treatment, you must also make sure to take care of yourself. Ohio Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer family therapy, individual therapy, and support groups for the friends and family members of our patients. These sessions can provide you with tools and education that will assist you in helping your loved one throughout their recovery journey.
The following side effects have been reported by individuals who are prescribed methadone:
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Exhaustion or fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal pain
- Slowed breathing
- Skin rashes