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Methadone, sold under brand names like Dolophine and Methadose, is an opioid medication prescribed for pain management and Medication Assisted Treatment (M.A.T). Methadone is available as a tablet, solution, injection, or powder. Methadone can alter how the brain and nervous system respond to pain and is usually only prescribed if other pain management medicines are not effective.
Methadone can also be used for detoxification, to facilitate recovery from opioid use disorder, or to treat addiction to heroin or other narcotic pain medications. Doctors may prescribe methadone to relieve dependency from hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl.

Methadone is intended to help people improve their health and recover from pain or addiction. Although methadone is used as a form of medication-assisted treatment, methadone addiction, abuse, and withdrawal can still occur.

Methadone addiction is a physical health condition

Methadone addiction is a physical health condition and must be treated as such. During the process of addiction, the brain’s chemical system becomes unbalanced, and it craves methadone in an attempt to regain normal function.

Methadone addiction may also result in unpleasant side effects, including blocking the brain’s ‘pleasure sensors’ rather than causing euphoria. Opioid abuse means using opioids without a prescription or using a higher dosage than was prescribed. People who abuse heroin or other opiates are more susceptible to methadone addiction due to their history of opioid dependency.

Individuals suffer from dependency have a health condition that results in cravings for methadone. If their prescription is denied, they may have no choice but to seek alternative means of procuring methadone or other opioids. Suppose you or a loved one experience cravings or withdrawal symptoms when trying to avoid methadone, or feel as though you need to increase the dosage to feel the same effects. In this case, it is critical to seek methadone addiction treatment as soon as possible.

Don’t allow any barriers, stigma, or other concerns to prevent yourself or others from seeking treatment. The longer an addict is exposed to methadone, the more intense their withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal timeline will last longer and more serious long-term consequences may occur.

Fortunately, over three decades of experience in the field of opioid dependency, Doctor Andre Waismann recognized that the biological root of methadone dependence stems from an endorphin-receptor imbalance. By discovering the importance of the endorphin-receptor equilibrium required for a fast, rapid, and full recovery, he was able to develop a modern, medicinal medical procedure. Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR) helps Dr. Waismann’s patients overcome addiction, dependency, cravings, and withdrawal symptoms very effectively.

How long does methadone last in the body?

 

Even though methadone may feel as though it neutralizes symptoms for only four to eight hours, methadone remains active in the system from 8 – 60 hours after consumption. The time frame depends on a person’s tolerance; people who have developed more tolerance to heroin or other opioids may observe that methadone lasts for a shorter time than someone who is not addicted. Additionally, a higher dosage results in the extended longevity of methadone within a person’s system.

 

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Methadone overdose

Methadone overdose can occur if a person consumes a higher dose of methadone than their body can handle. The quantity and frequency of methadone that would result in an overdose is based on the same factors that determine the amount of time that methadone lasts in the body.

Methadone overdose occurs when someone takes a toxic dosage. This is often due to taking more than was prescribed more frequently than was specified, or perhaps more than may be appropriate for his or her system.

The risk for methadone toxicity and overdose can also increase for:

  • Elderly adults.
  • People with significant liver failure.
  • People who have renal or pulmonary disease.
  • People with an electrolyte imbalance.
  • People on other prescription medications.
  • People who may combine another toxic level of alcohol or a substance with a dangerous dosage of methadone.

For example, a person may be at risk for methadone addiction if they consume 100 milligrams of methadone four times a day when they were only prescribed 30 milligrams once a week. A single dosage may last in the body for one week, so taking more methadone than prescribed can lead to toxicity and overdose.


Signs and symptoms of toxicity and potential methadone overdose include:

  • Black circles under eyes
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Blue clammy skin
  • Loss of consciousness or coma
  • Brain damage
  • Confusion
  • Limp muscles
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Low blood pressure
  • Breakout of hives

Detox from Methadone

As methadone is a long-acting opioid, a doctor may prescribe enough methadone to a patient to last months or even years. This is to ensure that they are no longer in pain and/or successfully recover from their opioid or heroin addiction. Of course, this can cause problems, as it becomes the patient’s responsibility to manage their dosage.

A doctor may prescribe a lower methadone dosage for a patient recovering from heroin to ensure that the introduction of another opioid does not cause irreversible harm. The doctor would then slowly increase the methadone dosage as the heroin withdrawal symptoms intensify. As each person consumes a different amount of methadone, the doctor would then determine through trial and error the best methadone dose to keep the patient on

Long-term health effects of methadone use

If the patient’s body has developed an opioid tolerance, it may take months for the patient to wean off methadone completely. This is due to the practice of slowly decreasing the methadone dosage by two to five milligrams every one or two weeks. Although gradually tapering the dosage can result in the reduced intensity of withdrawal symptoms, the patient may suffer long-term adverse health effects due to the extended period of methadone exposure.

Such long-term harmful health consequences may include:

  • Cardiovascular concerns
  • Respiratory and breathing problems
  • Nerve, live, and brain damage
  • Mood changes
  • Decreased attention span and inability to concentrate
  • Sexual function and menstruation changes
  • Increased risk of dependency and addiction

Methadone withdrawal symptoms

As methadone is a long-lasting synthetic opioid, it can last in the body for a while after someone’s last dose. Similar to other opioids, if someone suddenly stops using methadone after a period of usage, then they will experience withdrawal symptoms.

The withdrawal symptoms usually begin 24 – 36 hours after the last methadone dosage. Withdrawal from methadone may last for three to six weeks but can continue for longer for those with severe methadone addictions. These withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, increasing the risk of relapse in an attempt to prevent the withdrawal symptoms continuing.

Signs and symptoms of methadone withdrawal may include:

  • Anxiety, agitation, and restlessness
  • Depression and inability to feel pleasure
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Difficulty focusing, concentrating, problem-solving, and making decisions
  • Insomnia and inability to sleep
  • Sweating
  • Yawning
  • Shivering and trembling
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Diarrhea and stomach cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drug cravings
  • Decreased energy level

Methadone withdrawal timeline

The methadone withdrawal timeline may vary from person to person as each person’s body is unique and responds to methadone differently. Symptoms associated with the timeline may also vary depending on the dosage and the length of methadone exposure. Symptoms may at first intensify with time and then subside until the patient has completely weaned off methadone.

Symptoms will intensify around day 2 – 10, and may include:

  • Intense methadone cravings and strong urge to relapse
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiousness
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Other flu-like symptoms

Intense physical symptoms may subside between days 11 – 21. However, the following psychological symptoms may persist:

  • Intense methadone cravings and strong urge to relapse
  • Depression
  • Decreased energy
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lack of pleasure
  • Motivation

Those who continue to experience symptoms beyond three weeks may experience mild symptoms for the remaining duration of their withdrawal timeline.

Methadone addiction treatment

As with other opioids, methadone can be very addictive. About 5,000 Americans die every year from methadone overdose. It is strongly encouraged to seek treatment for methadone addiction and abuse. Methadone has played a critical role in the drug overdose epidemic. Even though only 2% of painkiller prescriptions are attributed to methadone, methadone has contributed to 33% of deaths related to prescription pain medications.

Methadone usage without following a prescription from healthcare professionals can result in serious health consequences, even death. For example, a teenager may have tried methadone with his peers. They have since become addicted and now experience methadone withdrawal symptoms whenever they try to wean off the medication. They may have even visited traditional detox and rehabilitation centers to get clean from methadone. This might address the secondary effects of the dependency (the withdrawal symptoms) but the dependency continues due to the chemical imbalance of the endorphin system in his brain.

Fast & rapid methadone detox

Although a large number of rehabilitation facilities offer rapid methadone detox programs, these programs are not an effective approach. They do not treat the root cause of the brain’s chemical imbalances. Many methadone and substance abuse rehab facilities require ongoing visits for at least a few weeks, and all of them will only be treating the secondary effects of dependency.

In the 1990s, Dr. Andre Waismann developed the concept of ‘Rapid Detox’. Due to the success of his treatment, other rehabilitation facilities have tried to implement a similar model. However, many of the facilities trying to implement the rapid detox program lack the necessary medical information, experience, and knowledge to implement these programs safely and effectively. As a result, their detoxification programs have not had the intended results and may have caused further health complications. These programs are not able to provide personalized, custom treatment based on the individual’s endorphin-receptor balance.

Dr. Waismann has further developed his treatment from the ’90s into what we now know as Accelerated Neuro-Regulation. ANR is currently the only treatment option that returns the brain’s chemical system to its original pre-dependency state. Unlike other, more ineffective treatment models, Doctor Waismann’s latest ANR method focuses on restoring the patient’s optimal endorphin-receptor balance. Rather than waiting weeks or months to fully recover, patients are guaranteed a total recovery with a one-time-stay that lasts less than 30 hours.

Methadone rehabilitation through ANR

Dr. Waismann’s game-changing breakthrough of the ANR model has revolutionized opioid therapy. As trusted by 24,000 patients around the world during 30 years of medical practice, Dr. Waismann is a leader in combating the global methadone epidemic.

The ANR Unit of the Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida, provides ANR treatment for patients with opioid dependence in the United States.

ANR clinics also exist internationally in:

  • Thun, Switzerland, about 19 km south of the capital city Bern.
  • Israel, at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.
  • Georgia, in the capital city of Tbilisi.

Whether you are seeking a methadone treatment for yourself or someone else, ANR Clinic has a team of compassionate and experienced healthcare professionals who will guide you through your recovery journey. ANR has proven to be effective with thousands of patients around the world that no longer struggle with methadone or opioid addiction.

Contact ANR Clinic today to learn more about our revolutionary, evidence-based care methods that minimize methadone withdrawal symptoms.

ANR methadone rehab facilities

Doctor Waismann’s game-changing breakthrough of the ANR model has revolutionized opioid therapy with the never-before therapeutic goal of nonregulation modulation to ensure optimal endorphin and chemical balance. As a result, the ANR method created a new reality as it is the only effective modern medicine method to truly defeat and overcome opioid and methadone addiction, dependency, and withdrawal. 

As trusted by 24,000 patients around the world during 30 years of medical practice, Doctor Waismann is a leader in combatting the global methadone epidemic. The ANR procedure lasts for a duration of four or five hours and requires hospitalization of 30 hours. When patients first arrive at the industry-leading ANR Clinics in Tampa, Florida, Thun, Switzerland, or Tbilisi, Georgia, they will receive a medical evaluation. The initial medical examination will allow Doctor Waismann and his team to learn more about the patient to develop a patient-centered care plan. The medical assessment will include:

  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Weight measurement
  • Collection of information about electrolytes, liver functions, kidney functions, and blood count.

The ANR clinical team will then administer pre-medications to the patient and help the patient transition into a relaxed state. The patient will then be sedated and monitored by four or five hours as the healthcare team implements a tailored procedure of blocking and cleansing the methadone and other receptors with naltrexone. The patient will only experience withdrawal symptoms when sedated and will, therefore, be cleansed without suffering pain and other withdrawal symptoms. This process will continue until the patient’s endorphin system is balanced. The patient will then be awakened, continuously evaluated, and supported with full recovery so that they may leave the hospital free from methadone and opioid dependence.    

Whether you are seeking fast and rapid methadone or opioid detox that has been proven to be effective with thousands of patients, are struggling with methadone or opioid addiction, or overcome withdrawal symptoms, ANR Clinic has the team of compassionate and experienced healthcare professionals who will guide you with your recovery journey. Contact ANR Clinic today to learn more about our evidence-based revolutionary care methods that will help you fully recover within a short period of time to minimize your withdrawal symptoms as you recover.

ANR Methadone Rehab Facility

Doctor Waismann’s game-changing breakthrough of the ANR model has revolutionized opioid therapy with the never-before therapeutic goal of nonregulation modulation to ensure optimal endorphin and chemical balance. As a result, the ANR method created a new reality as it is the only effective modern medicine method to truly defeat and overcome opioid and methadone addiction, dependency, and withdrawal. 

As trusted by 24,000 patients around the world during 30 years of medical practice, Doctor Waismann is a leader in combatting the global methadone epidemic. The ANR procedure lasts for a duration of four or five hours and requires hospitalization of 30 hours. When patients first arrive at the industry-leading ANR Clinics in Tampa, Florida, Thun, Switzerland, or Tbilisi, Georgia, they will receive a medical evaluation. The initial medical examination will allow Doctor Waismann and his team to learn more about the patient to develop a patient-centered care plan. The medical assessment will include:

  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Weight measurement
  • Collection of information about electrolytes, liver functions, kidney functions, and blood count.

The ANR clinical team will then administer pre-medications to the patient and help the patient transition into a relaxed state. The patient will then be sedated and monitored by four or five hours as the healthcare team implements a tailored procedure of blocking and cleansing the methadone and other receptors with naltrexone. The patient will only experience withdrawal symptoms when sedated and will, therefore, be cleansed without suffering pain and other withdrawal symptoms. This process will continue until the patient’s endorphin system is balanced. The patient will then be awakened, continuously evaluated, and supported with full recovery so that they may leave the hospital free from methadone and opioid dependence.    

Whether you are seeking fast and rapid methadone or opioid detox that has been proven to be effective with thousands of patients, are struggling with methadone or opioid addiction, or overcome withdrawal symptoms, ANR Clinic has the team of compassionate and experienced healthcare professionals who will guide you with your recovery journey. Contact ANR Clinic today to learn more about our evidence-based revolutionary care methods that will help you fully recover within a short period of time to minimize your withdrawal symptoms as you recover.

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