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Shouldn’t people be able to “just quit?” | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services

It is extremely difficult to overcome a drug addiction. Many have tried to “just quit,” but unfortunately, typically fail. Because of the physical effects of prolonged drug usage, the body has become chemically dependent on the very thing it should avoid. We have consistently found, and independent research proves, that by combining medication-assisted treatment with extensive behavioral counseling, our programs give people a tremendous opportunity for success.

 

Methadone maintenance therapy is much like using “The Patch” or nicotine gum to quit smoking. Cigarette smokers are addicted to nicotine. It is exceedingly difficult to quit smoking by going “cold turkey.” So, instead, many people use “The Patch” or nicotine gum to regulate and control their nicotine cravings while they learn to live without cigarettes. Eventually,they are weaned off of the nicotine replacement and are able to live completely cigarette- and nicotine-free. Methadone treatment is akin to “The Patch” for persons with opioid dependency. Methadone regulates and controls their cravings while they learn to live without drugs and abandon the harmful lifestyle that accompanies drug use. The only difference between a nicotine addiction and an opioid addiction is the substance abused and the nature of the addiction

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Q: How are your patients able to function if they are taking methadone?

A stable, maintenance dose of methadone does not make a person feel “high” or drowsy. Our program is designed to help people reduce their dependence on opioids, while providing them with extensive individual and group counseling. Our goal is to help people regain control of their lives as quickly and safely as possible. There have […]

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I am very thankful I had the clinic to come to. If I had not had the clinic to come to, I would probably not be here today. I was taking thirty plus pills a day. I went to [my local hospital] and they told me if I didn’t do something I would be dead […]

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