What is Methadone?

Methadone is a FDA approved medication that has been used for decades to treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The efficacy of methadone assisted treatment for opioid addiction is the most researched and proven form of treatment for producing positive outcomes for those struggling with opioid addiction. In fact, the World Health Organization included the medication on its List of Essential Medicines.

The medication acts as a “full agonist” on opioid receptors within the brain and central nervous system which allows it to provide relief for severe withdrawal symptoms and helps “normalize” the brain chemistry to reduce cravings. One of the things that sets methadone apart from other opioids is its long half-life. This means that the medication takes action more gradually than other opioids such as morphine, fentanyl, other pain pills or heroin. While the medication is able to provide relief for physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings, it blocks the euphoric high associated with other fast-acting opioids. Because of its effectiveness in opioid treatment, methadone assisted treatment has been recognized as the “gold standard of care.” BHG administers methadone as part of a comprehensive treatment program that includes medical care, on-site dosing and regular counseling services.