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.


Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: We already have suboxone clinics in this area – why do we need methadone? Is methadone better than suboxone for treating opioid addiction?

For many individuals, suboxone (buprenorphine plus naloxone) is an effective first-option for opioid addiction treatment, but it does not work for all patients. This treatment modality is very similar to methadone treatment in that it involves the administration of a legal opioid (buprenorphine) to stabilize the biochemistry of the opioid-dependent person. The active ingredient, buprenorphine, […]


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 […]