Methadone Withdrawal

About Methadone Withdrawal 

Methadone is an opiate narcotic used as a painkiller to deal with the intense symptoms of opiate withdrawal. The effect that methadone has on the central nervous system is much like the side effects of morphine. Methadone is one of the more common opioids used for treatment for withdrawal symptoms and should be distributed by medical professionals only. The goal of treatment is to gain control of the unpleasant side effects of heroin addiction withdrawal while also slowly weaning the individual off the medication altogether. Long-term methadone use is not usually advised as this is a powerful drug that can also cause addiction.


When treatment using methadone to treat other opiate addictions presents itself as an obvious choice for many, the truth is that the drug prescribed to treat other addictions can cause addiction itself. Many should consider methadone to be a kind of replacement drug, one that allows the addict to gain control over their heroin withdrawal symptoms. Methadone works by fooling the brain into believing that opiates have been taken. This can make the individual feel the pleasant side effects of opiates without getting high. Methadone also works to block the body’s ability to metabolize heroin correctly, blocking all pleasant feelings.

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

Once an individual stops using methadone, withdrawal symptoms will begin to present themselves in 24 hours. Many clients describe feeling flu-like symptoms for the first few days, and report that the physical side effects of methadone withdrawal are the most intense during the first 7 days. Methadone withdrawal symptoms should gradually dissipate during the first month, although some of the psychological withdrawal symptoms can last for many months or years.

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Methadone Detox

Most medical professionals believe that the best way to deal with methadone withdrawal is to stop the drug completely rather than slowly stepping down doses over a longer period of time. There are several reasons for this and first is the ability to monitor a client’s daily dosages carefully. Another reason that many prefer to have their clients go cold turkey is that the medications given to alleviate methadone withdrawal symptoms have been very successful when administered correctly.

Any individuals considering breaking the bondage of methadone addiction should not attempt to go through the methadone detox process without support and supervision. When choosing to enter a detox center in Huntington Beach, clients are able to let staff handle their immediate needs, helping them navigate the drug detoxification process safely.


Physical Symptoms of Methadone Withdrawal

Psychological Symptoms of Methadone Withdrawal

  • Painful joints and muscles
  • Runny nose and eyes
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Stomach cramping and diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Intense drug cravings

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