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Methadone Treatment

For more than 50 years, methadone treatment has been the gold standard of care for those seeking to recover from opiate addiction. Methadone treatment is most effective when combined with substance abuse counseling and other supportive services.

Opioid use treatment with methadone alleviates the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Methadone is a full agonist opioid, meaning it will act similarly to other opioids by activating the receptors in the brain. It satisfies your body’s need for opioids without the risks associated with misuse. This effect makes it useful in preventing the painful physical effects of opiate withdrawal. It reduces cravings that often lead to relapse, increasing the patient’s chance of success.

A proper dose in methadone treatment is different for each patient. The patient and doctor achieve the right dose when the patient no longer feels withdrawal or a “high.” Methadone lasts longer than other opiates — typically for 24 to 36 hours. A single daily dose is sufficient for effective treatment. Our patients’ first phase of recovery will focus on finding the ideal dosage. They may then focus on the behavioral aspects of addiction therapy.

All MedMark locations are licensed methadone treatment centers. Our certification as an opioid treatment program gives us the qualifications to offer methadone. Every patient undergoes a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program with medicine and behavioral therapy. We take a comprehensive approach to treatment that tackles all aspects of recovery. You’ll manage your physical and mental symptoms to work toward a life without opioids.

Advantages of Medication-Assisted Treatment With Methadone
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Possible Side Effects of Methadone Treatment

Most patients who experience side effects report them as mild. If you have any adverse effects from methadone, talk with your doctor or counselor. Adjusting your dose may help you manage these symptoms. Methadone treatment can require multiple changes to find the right dosage. The side effects of methadone can include:

  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood swings
  • Decreased libido
The staff at MedMark can teach you more about methadone treatment for opioid addiction. They understand its interactions with other medications and precautions for patients to take. Your clinician and counselor will monitor your dosage to ensure your safety and optimal recovery. Please mention any other medications you take to your doctor to prevent unwanted interactions. Taking methadone as prescribed reduces your risk of side effects and helps you progress through treatment.
Your Experience With Methadone-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment

To begin your methadone treatment at MedMark, you can contact us or make a walk-in visit for a tour. We offer same-day admissions at select locations. For the best results, contact your closest clinic to check availability. During your first appointment, you’ll complete an intake with medical and clinical staff. This first visit will take about two to three hours. Once we create your individualized treatment plan, we’ll administer your first dose of methadone.

During the first stages of recovery, we’ll ask you to visit the clinic every day. Your regular appointments will include a daily dose of methadone and support services. A physician will work with you to find a dosage that relieves withdrawal symptoms. Throughout your treatment, we will conduct alcohol and drug screens required by law. We’ll offer help if you receive a positive result on one of these tests.

Once you and your doctor learn the right methadone dose, you can focus on the behavioral aspects of recovery. Your counselor will help you develop skills to handle life’s difficulties without drugs. They’ll help you identify any issues that remain after you stop using opioids. Depending on your needs and location, you may also receive group or family counseling.

Our Licensed Methadone Treatment Centers Across the United States

Every MedMark location has certification to offer methadone treatment for opioid dependence. Our medical professionals dedicate themselves to improving their patients’ lives. They believe that everyone deserves individualized care and attention. We serve several states:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

To learn about the cities and towns where we operate, visit our contact page. Additional service availability may vary based on your location. Let us guide you on the path to recovery so that you can get your life back.

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