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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: What types of drug addiction will you treat?

We exclusively focus our efforts on treating opioid addictions (although the  services our patients receive meaningfully contribute to their recovery from other substances of abuse as well). Some commonly known opioids are  prescription pain medications such as: OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, hydrocodone, Codeine and morphine to name but a few. Approximately 85% of our patients are […]

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Words From Our Patients:

During the past six months Methadone Maintenance Treatment has helped me out a lot. I have been able to accomplish a lot more and save a lot of money. The staff, especially my counselor, has been great about helping me deal with personal issues. This is a great treatment facility and I would not have […]

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