Methadone

Treat Your Methadone Addiction in Our Residential Facility

Our holistic treatment program lets you detox while managing your underlying pain

Methadone is a synthetic opioid painkiller that is often used to treat people who are addicted to other opioid drugs like heroin or prescription painkillers. Even though methadone can be very useful in treating an opiate addiction, it too can be highly addictive.

Methadone is prescribed by medical professionals to manage pain and addiction. It remains in the body for a longer period of time and helps block the euphoric effects and lessen painful withdrawal symptoms.

However, since it is such a long-acting drug and stays in the bloodstream for longer than other drugs, individuals with methadone prescriptions need to use it exactly as prescribed. It is easy to overdose on methadone since one dose is so strong.

Methadone withdrawal is very similar to other forms of opioid withdrawal. It’s highly physically addictive so withdrawal can be intense with common symptoms including:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression

If you have a severe methadone addiction, you’ll likely experience a more intense withdrawal, especially if you quit ”cold turkey.” Doctors typically recommend tapering off methadone use to make the withdrawal period more bearable.

The first step in our methadone addiction treatment program is a medical detox with a licensed doctor to keep patients as safe and comfortable as possible. After the medical detox is complete, we move on to the next steps in the rehab process.

How do I know if I’m addicted to methadone?

Methadone doesn’t produce the same euphoric effects as other opiates because it’s designed to do the opposite as a form of addiction treatment. Despite this, methadone is still taken illegally in search of a high.

Methadone is a depressant, so if you take too much or mix it with other depressants, like alcohol, you’re at risk for dangerously low blood pressure and respiratory depression.

Some signs of methadone addiction include:

  • Trying to obtain multiple prescriptions for methadone
  • Using the drug more often and in higher doses than advised
  • Skipping scheduled doses to save them for later high-doses
  • Neglecting other aspects of your life like work and relationships in order to use methadone or acquire more

If you have any or several of these physical or behavioral symptoms, please contact Harris House today at 314-328-7938 to talk with one of our counselors about an evaluation and admission.

What can I expect from treatment at Harris House?

As a dual diagnosis treatment facility, we’ll take care of you as soon as you walk through our doors. Our staff will do everything they can to keep you as comfortable and safe as possible during this difficult time.

Harris House’s approach to treatment is based on assessing the client as a whole person in a non-judgmental way. Our treatment combines medication management, mental health therapy to stabilize depression and anxiety, along with 12 step support groups as a holistic approach to treatment.  It’s designed to work together to provide a stable foundation for the patient.

Admitting and being involved in substance abuse therapy is an already difficult process. We want to ensure all our clients are seen as holistic individuals worthy of time and care and help them receive the best treatment possible so they can enter recovery and leave their methadone addiction behind them.

What’s it like at Harris House?

Clients are allowed to smoke and use their phones at our facility. Our location in South City is a highly secure, gated facility with 24-hour security, so you’ll never have to worry about safety. Feel free to explore our treatments page to learn more about the specific programs we offer.

We accept most major insurance companies. Please give us a call at 314-631-4299. A counselor is standing by 24 hours a day. You can also contact us here.