Methadone Treatment Program
Methadone is an FDA approved drug that treats opiate withdrawal and cravings by binding to opiate receptors in your brain.
By “occupying” the areas normally affected by heroin and other opiates, a stable dose of methadone:
- Blocks the euphoric and sedating effects of opiates—meaning if you do use, you won’t feel high.
- Relieves the cravings for opiates—meaning that your brain isn’t going to drive you to use. To be clear, the same way you may not crave pizza, but be tempted to eat it if it’s available, methadone alone cannot “fix” environmental factors or behaviors—that’s why we provide counseling.
- Relieves symptoms of withdrawal—which may have served as the cause for previous relapses.
- Lasts in your system for 24-36 hours—which is markedly longer than most other opiates.
Taking a stable dose of methadone daily allows your brain time to heal, rebuild opiate receptors, and begin producing natural endorphins after a 6 to 12-month period. Once this has happened, you will be able to taper off of your medication and begin to feel “normal” again.
With close monitoring, accurate prescribing, and responsible use, methadone is a safe and effective medication for treatment of opiate addiction. Crossroads provides the ideal controlled environment to assure this is handled responsibly and employs trained staff that understand the unique realities of MAT and opioid addiction.