If you were once a heroin addict then you may have been on a Methadone programme of some sort. And if you found this page it is likely you or a loved one is currently using Methadone.
Often Methadone is praised as a safer substitute for heroin. But not before long Methadone users realise one addiction has been substituted for another. In the United Kingdom Methadone has been prescribed as a heroin substitute since the 1970s. The strategy of prescribing heroin addicts with methadone is known as ‘harm reduction’, a concept which flies in the face of abstinence based recovery which we advocate at Ocean Recovery.
The Methadone debate
The reasons for prescribing Methadone are many. However justifications fail to recognise the health implications of methadone addiction. In fact Methadone is more addictive than heroin. And because Methadone does not give users the same ‘high’ as heroin, Methadone users often substitute its use with other drugs such as Xanax and alcohol. Combining Methadone with other drugs is often as dangerous as injecting heroin. And because Methadone engages the brain’s opiate receptors for a longer period than heroin the detoxification process typically takes more time to complete.
Methadone withdrawal symptoms
Methadone withdrawal symptoms include:
- Powerful cravings for the drug
- Suicidal thoughts
- Severe depression
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
Our Methadone rehabilitation programme
The severity of withdrawal symptoms depend upon the severity of the user’s addiction to Methadone. During the detoxification process patients are offered tapered withdrawal where the quantity of Methadone is gradually cut back until stabilisation is achieved. Decreases in Methadone consumption may be as little as 10% every 10 days for chronic long term users. Tapered decreases in Methadone consumption avoids intense discomfort due to withdrawal symptoms. ‘Cold turkey’ based withdrawal will also be offered.
Once stabilisation is achieved patients enter the therapy and counselling phase of rehabilitation. During this period patients learn powerful coping strategies to prevent relapse once patients leave our centre. Once rehabilitation is complete a relapse prevention plan is drawn up. A process is put in place should relapse occur following the completion of patients’ rehabilitation programme. We also encourage patients to engage a Narcotics Anonymous group in their local area upon leaving our centre.
For quick access to Methadone rehabilitation call Ocean Recovery today
Address: Ocean Recovery Centre, 94 Queens Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9NS
Landline: 0125 353 0553
E-mail: [email protected]