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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: Should I worry about who is going to the clinic?

It is the people who are not patients but should be that communities need to worry about. Persons with drug addictions exist in every community, and the addicted individual who does not get treatment is typically the one who makes the evening news. Our patients choose treatment for addiction because they want to get help. […]

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Words From Our Patients:

Methadone Maintenance Treatment has saved my life. I don’t know where I would be without it. I have my quality of life back. My relationship with my family has greatly improved due to this. Before methadone, my life revolved around getting high and the next fix. That, unfortunately, was what was important. I wasn’t able […]

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