Methadone Detox

Methadone is a prescription medication used for opioid maintenance therapy. Individuals wishing to quit abusing opioids are often prescribed this medication to taper off their opioid dependence.

While detox services are not offered at our JourneyPure Nashville campus, Journey Pure has several other facilities that provide detox. We will make sure you receive the highest care of medical detoxification.

This medication is classified as an opioid and has been found to be effective in helping those addicted to more powerful opioids like hydrocodone, OxyContin, and heroin. Methadone allows an addict to safely detox without suffering severe withdrawal symptoms, or overpowering drug cravings. The use of methadone has proven to be highly effective when taken as prescribed, and while under the care of a physician who is well informed and experienced with it.

Methadone can also be prescribed to patients who suffer from cancer, chronic pain, or injury. Methadone, unlike other prescription painkillers, lasts much longer, lessening the need to take opioid medications every few hours to alleviate pain. Methadone is not nearly as potent as other prescription opioids, and a more comfortable option to those who don’t need a more powerful drug to manage their pain. People who use methadone may not seem to obviously ”high”, however, they are subject to behaviors that align with opioid use. Drowsiness, lethargy and slowed cognition, can all be experienced by someone who is under its influence. Individuals who abuse methadone are at an extreme risk for accidental overdose because methadone can stay in the bloodstream for upwards of 60 hours. When the drug is abused, it is taken before the prior dose has run its course, and as a result, overloads the user’s system. This causes the body to stop processing methadone, and overdose. Many people who overdose on methadone will not survive. So do not wait, reach out to JourneyPure’s methadone detox center in Nashville Tennessee today and learn how we can help you begin your treatment of addiction.

Methadone Addiction

As with any opioid medication (or illicit version), abuse of the medication can result in it being used more frequently, and in higher doses than it is intended. This overuse, exacerbates the withdrawal symptoms, making the user even less likely to come off of the drug on their own. The most effective, safe and comfortable way to end methadone addiction is to do so under the supervision of a competent medical and psychiatric staff, like those at JourneyPure’s Nashville Tennessee methadone detox center.

Methadone Withdrawal

The severity of withdrawal symptoms are dependent on how much methadone the individual has been using, how often, the longevity of their use, and what method of consumption he or she is using.

Not all individuals who are going through heroin withdrawal will experience the same symptoms, although, both physical and psychological symptoms will be experienced:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor balance
  • Bad coordination
  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Impaired cognition

Because of the slow, long-acting effects, abusers are at a much higher risk of taking another dose too soon and overdosing. It is important to recognize the symptoms of a Methadone overdose, victims overdosing will present with:

  • Coma
  • Clammy skin
  • Bluish skin
  • Shallow breathing
  • Convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • Stupor

When an individual stops taking methadone, they go into a period of withdrawal. The length and intensity of this withdrawal is dependant on the severity of their prior use. Being under the supervision of medical professionals like those at our methadone detox center in Nashville Tennessee is a crucial component in the detoxification process.

Physical Symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Tremors
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Sweats
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

Psychological Symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Mood swings
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia

Methadone Withdrawal Timeline

Symptoms of withdrawal can begin a day after the individual’s last use of the drug and can last up to several weeks. These symptoms will intensify, increasing and decreasing with no particular pattern. Agitation, muscle aches, anxiety, runny nose, and problems sleeping are all to be expected in addition to nausea and cramping. Some patients may experience post-acute withdrawal syndrome, or PAWS. Meaning their symptoms may last longer, depending on the extent of their methadone use. Detox may cause some co-occurring mood disorders like anxiety, mood swings, and depression. They may also find that their cognition is slow to return. Ongoing treatment of both the physical and emotional effects can be well managed and treated here at our Nashville Tennessee methadone detox center.

What You Can Expect At Our Methadone Detox Center In Nashville Tennessee

Detox is a lengthy, challenging process. Once the drug begins to make its way through the patient’s system, their symptoms and suffering will evolve.  It is our job at the facility to ensure the highs don’t get too high, and the lows don’t get too low. General medical care is provided, as well as nutritional, and mental health care.  Trained therapists are available for emotional support and coping tools, helping the patient advocate for their own well-being throughout our methadone detox center in Nashville Tennessee. 

Medication can be a powerful tool, in battling the adverse effects of detox. Utilizing drugs, to quit drugs can seem like a strange notion, however, they are proven to aid in a patient’s process, allowing them to break the cycle of needing to use when the symptoms become too much:

  • Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is a medication that can, like methadone, help curb upsetting withdrawal symptoms and prevent strong drug cravings. However, unlike methadone, buprenorphine has less potential for abuse and addiction, and can even be taken home.

  • L-alpha-acetylmethadol (LAAM)

LAAM is another option for those who are detoxing from methadone. Like buprenorphine this medication is not as addictive, however, can cause some side effects like elevated blood pressure, nausea, and abnormal liver function.

Psychiatric medications during the process of detox to manage symptoms related to depression and anxiety. These are most effective when combined with therapy.

Get Help Today At JourneyPure’s Nashville Tennessee Methadone Detox Center

Detox is the first most significant step in an individual’s battle against their methadone addiction and should be done with the supervision and help from medical professionals like those here at JourneyPure’s methadone detox center in Nashville Tennessee.

At JourneyPure’s Nashville Tennessee methadone detox center, it is our hope that you will enter into our inpatient treatment program to continue with your recovery.  We think it is the best chance to acquire the tools and confidence necessary to battle addiction.

Do not let one more minute of your day go by, or let anyone else tell you that you will never get sober. Take matters into your own hands and make the call that can save your life.

Contact JourneyPure’s methadone detox center in Nashville Tennessee right now to start a new, healthy, and addiction-free life

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