How do I rapidly detox from methadone?

Methadone is commonly used to help treat drug addictions, with the purpose of helping opiate addicts stop using more dangerous, harmful substances. Under this treatment routine, the patient takes a daily quantity of methadone as a liquid or tablet as a medication-assisted treatment (MAT). This reduces their withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids. Methadone is also suited for patients who need continuous long-term pain relief since methadone is a long-acting opioid.   

Methadone acts on the same opioid receptors as morphine and heroin to stabilize patients and reduce Methadone withdrawal symptoms in the case of addiction. Introduced in the 1950s, methadone was considered a good solution for those addicted to opioids at first. However, the major downside to methadone therapy is that being that methadone is also an opioid, the patient is still dependent on opioids and will need to use it almost daily in order to avoid withdrawal syndrome. 

It makes sense that a patient would seek treatment as soon as possible from methadone since it is technically an opioid and the patient is still dependent on drugs, despite abstinence from their prior addiction, such as heroin. In recent years, rapid detoxification centers have emerged as a solution for patients seeking to come off of opioids swiftly, compared to the drawn-out 30-day methadone withdrawal process. Rapid detox does have many downsides, despite its promising allure. There are no regulations or standards for rapid detox facilities; therefore the quality of service may vary significantly. Many rapid detox centers conduct their procedures in clinics rather than hospital settings. It is also known that some clinics don’t have actual doctors attending the patients, which due to the nature of the procedure, should be present for safety, but rather nurses and social workers. While a few rapid detox procedures may be a safe and effective treatment option, it is only when conducted under the right circumstances, with experienced staff. Rapid detox only seeks to overcome the withdrawals of opioid addiction, rather than the biological root. The patient must consider the nature of opioid addiction, and that is to treat the problem at its biological root; in which the patient can not only overcome the withdrawal syndrome but also not have cravings for more opiates to be free from addiction at last. Advanced treatments such as ANR treat the root of the dependency that takes place at the receptor level, in comparison to a rapid detox.

In conclusion, it is possible to rapidly detox from methadone, under the right circumstances. One must use caution when attempting to rapidly detox from methadone, as some rapid detox providers may not be up to standard since the variation between facilities’ standard of care is unsettling. Selecting a more advanced method, such as the ANR Treatment, can help a patient can overcome methadone dependency using the safest and most effective approach modern medicine has to offer. While it is possible to rapidly detox from opiates, we should always remember the goals of our recovery should be to bring the body’s endorphin system back to a state of balance, in which the extra receptors have perished and cravings have been eliminated; not just ‘’rapidly detox’’.

Further reading: How long does Methadone stay in your system?

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