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What is Methadone? | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services

Methadone is a synthetic opioid that was initially invented in the 1930s. It was originally designed as a substitute for morphine and diamorphine, which were the primary painkillers at that time. It was introduced in the United States in 1947, and has been primarily used as a treatment for narcotic addiction since the 1960s. Methadone has the same pain-relieving effects as morphine and other opioids, but its chemical structure is different in many important ways.

 

Methadone maintenance treatment is considered the “gold-standard” for opioid addiction treatment. It acts as a bandage for the brain and allows it to heal. By stabilizing the opioid receptors in the nervous system, methadone eliminates the patient’s craving without providing a euphoric or “high” effect. Because methadone neutralizes the euphoric effects of all opioids, patients also lose the desire to abuse illicit street drugs.

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Q: We don’t give alcohol to alcoholics, why give drugs like methadone to someone with an addiction?

If a person has an addiction to drugs, his or her body has become chemically conditioned to expect those drugs. When the body is suddenly deprived of the drugs it is expecting, unconscious physical withdrawal occurs. The physical and emotional effects of withdrawal are typically very severe. During this time, a person has little ability […]

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