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How to Ease Methadone Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

The synthetic opiate Methadone is commonly used to help people addicted to opiates to break the cycle of addiction. Essentially a form replacement therapy, methadone has had success in helping people who have cravings to eliminate their need for opiates. Methadone can do this without delivering the detrimental effects of narcotics. However, there is a risk of methadone withdrawal symptoms if the treatment protocols are not followed. As the recovering addict’s mental and emotional health is restored, the methadone doses are reduced until the addict can quit. At Renaissance Recovery, we know how to ease methadone addiction withdrawal symptoms. To learn more, call us today.

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms: How to Recognize Them

Methadone withdrawal symptoms can be similar to withdrawal from heroin. The medication replaces some of the naturally-occurring chemical signals in the brain that manage a variety of psychological effects. However, as the drug’s effects wear off, addicts will not be able to feel “normal.” People can become dependent on methadone just as they might be with any number of narcotics. Methadone withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Paranoia and mental fixation
  • Nightmares and sleeplessness
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and cramping
  • Fever, chills and cold sweats
  • Intense muscular, bone and head pain
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Flu-like symptoms

Methadone withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous or life-threatening. Without medical supervision, withdrawal can be painful and in some cases, dangerous. As importantly, without the care of a licensed physician, this type of treatment might be ineffective and you might be trading one addiction for another. Even with a successful detox regime, some patients will still have difficulty in avoiding the effects of methadone withdrawal symptoms.

How to Ease Methadone Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms Safely

Undergoing detox alone without the supervision of a medical professional is risky and ineffective. In fact, it can be particularly dangerous as well as ineffective. Compounding the situation by self-medicating or using other substances (including alcohol) in an attempt to dull the effects of methadone withdrawal symptoms is especially dangerous. Accidental death by overdose becomes a very real possibility. The only safe way to ease the symptoms of methadone withdrawal is through medically supervised detox services. In these cases, a patient is closely monitored by addiction treatment staff and symptoms are addressed as they arise. Rehab/detox facilities are better equipped at providing this service over other forms of treatment, such as IOP or outpatient treatment centers

Where to Go For Help

Methadone withdrawal symptoms can be severe and could threaten the recovery process. Therefore, the best option is to talk with your doctor or healthcare professional. Your doctor can help manage your recovery safely and effectively. It’s also wise to join support groups whose members can better understand what it’s like.

Drug Treatments for Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

Your doctor can suggest alternative treatments to help manage withdrawal symptoms. Drugs like buprenorphine, naloxone, and clonidine are drugs can help hasten the withdrawal process and provide relief from withdrawal symptoms.

Managed Methadone Therapy

Because of the risk of methadone misuse and overdose, methadone therapy is provided only to those people who have been accepted and enrolled in a government-approved treatment program. In these programs, doctors monitor, document and manage your methadone intake to ensure that the withdrawal process is safe and effective. This type of therapy continues until your body reaches a point that it no longer needs methadone.

Group Support

Group support can be crucial for long-term recovery. In some cases, you may not find a lot of support from your family because they may not be able to understand. Seeking out other recovering methadone users can help you find people who understand what you’re going through and help you stay on track with your recovery.

Preventing a Relapse

Once you’ve completed your methadone treatment, your number one priority is preventing relapse. It’s vital that you never turn to opiates or opioids again. Studies have conclusively demonstrated that people recovering from opioid misuse are at higher risk of death than the general public. Moreover, a relapse can be fatal if you remember how a recovering addict’s brain adapts to life without opioids. There are many resources to support recovery and organizations like Narcotics Anonymous can help.

Continuing Recovery After Detox

There are many options for those who wish to ensure a higher rate of success in recovery. For example, continuing treatment through Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or Outpatient (sober living) is very popular and we highly recommend it. Why? While the body may be free of toxins, the brain needs time to relearn.

In other words, it is wildly optimistic (and completely unrealistic) to think that years of addiction can be cured with a few weeks in Rehab. Patients in recovery need time to learn about a life of sobriety and the only way to do that is to spend time living life in a new way. Additionally, group therapy, individual counseling, and family counseling sessions are critical to recovery. These counseling sessions help patients discover the root causes of their addiction. They also teach the patient new ways to manage life’s daily stresses.

Learn More About How to Ease Methadone Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms at Renaissance

If you need help learning how to ease methadone addiction withdrawal symptoms, call Renaissance Recovery today. We offer a variety of treatment options, including:

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Renaissance Recovery Coronavirus Policy Update

As the national pandemic continues to make it increasingly difficult for individuals to receive quality aftercare, The District Recovery Community & Renaissance Recovery has provided a solution to all those seeking long term care. We are proud to announce that we will be offering all aspects of our treatment including intimate groups, one on one therapy, and case management to individuals in all states from the comfort and safety of your home. This is a great option for clients that are in need of continued treatment, but are returning home to be with their families during this time.

The District Recovery Community and Renaissance Recovery will remain in operation during this time and continue to serve our mission of treating those suffering from alcoholism and addiction.

We encourage you all to reach out to learn more about how we can work together to ensure that our clients remain sober, safe, and continue to get the help that they need.