Methadone Addiction Treatment

Methadone Addiction Treatment


Methadone Hydrochloride is an opioid initially synthesized by German pharmaceutical companies during the Second World War. It was first introduced to the United States in the late 40s as a pain reliever. Since then, it has been widely used for the treatment of Heroin addiction. Methadone is available in tablets and in liquid form called Methadose.

Methadone is in a class of drugs called opiate analgesic (narcotic). It works by changing the way the brain and nervous system responds to pain. It also works for people who have become addicted to other opioid drugs by producing similar effects and preventing withdrawal syndrome. Despite its pain reliever properties, Methadone is one of the hardest opioid drugs to detox from.

Side Effects of Methadone Dependence

Using Methadone can lead to opioid addiction and abuse, which may cause a patient to engage in dangerous behavior and be at risk of overdose and even death. In June 2016, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that Methadone was one of the top three most common drugs to cause overdose.

Methadone can cause a spectrum of side effects, including the development of physical tolerance and psychological dependence. One of the most dangerous side effects is respiratory depression, and common side effects include constipation, nausea or vomiting, sedation, vertigo, and edema.

Symptoms of Methadone Withdrawal

Methadone withdrawal is often more severe and prolonged than Heroin or Morphine withdrawal, when used at comparable doses. Symptoms can last for several months, which may make the struggle even more difficult than a person enduring withdrawal from Heroin addiction.

Physical symptoms of withdrawal from Methadone include aches and cramping, irritable moods, chills and shivering, abdominal pain, insomnia, difficulty breathing, nausea and diarrhea, as well as increased heart rate and feelings of paranoia.

Detox and Treatment

Methadone detox and treatment can be the most frightening, painful, and ultimately the most discouraging journey for anyone who has a Methadone dependency or Methadone addiction. Many rehab centres don’t have the adequate medical assistance and resources needed for the intense and lengthy withdrawal period associated with Methadone detox and will sometimes even deny patients for that reason.

Fortunately, science has evolved, and medicine has had numerous advances in Methadone detox protocols. Today, patients who were told they could never come off methadone actually can detox with anesthesia assisted medical detoxification easier and faster than they ever imagined.

Rapid Detox

Waismann Method of Rapid Detox is a safe and effective anesthesia assisted procedure that has had one of the highest success rates of a Methadone Detox worldwide. This inpatient treatment greatly reduces the length and suffering caused by Methadone withdrawal.

Since the late 90s, we have successfully detoxed patients on high-dose methadone maintenance, with tolerances of 300 mg a day and more. Patients are admitted to a private room in our full-service accredited hospital, they are supervised and assisted for a few days by top medical professionals, followed by our exclusive recovery center. Waismann Methadone Rapid Detox is for those seeking the safest and the best.