Opioid Treatment Program (Methadone)
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.
Suboxone Treatment Program
Some of our programs offer DATA 2000 programs which prescribe Suboxone or Subutex.
These programs are operated within the center, but are distinctly different and separate from our methadone program. Some of these differences include:
- Medication. Most obviously, methadone is different from Suboxone or Subutex. During your first meeting with the doctor, you will discuss treatment medications and determine which one works best for you.
- Price. DATA 2000 programs tend to be more expensive—particularly for patients without insurance.
- Regulations. DATA 2000 programs are less-strictly regulated than methadone programs and the requirements are not the same.
- Attendance. While attendance for both programs is based on time and progress in treatment, patients in DATA 2000 program rarely have to attend the clinic more than one time a week. Their prescriptions are picked up from a pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens, not dispensed at the clinic.
- Engagement. Patients in methadone programs receive most of their addiction treatment needs on-site—including treatment planning, clinical assessment, and regularly scheduled counseling. DATA 2000 program patients attend the clinic primarily to meet with the doctor and discuss their medication. They may complete group counseling with a DATA program counselor on-site or receive counseling services from an outside agency.