Methadone is a type of medication used in the treatment of opioid addiction. It is sometimes used to treat severe pain as well. When used in opioid recovery, it usually comes in the form of a powder that is dissolved into water or juice. Many individuals in recovery refer to this as methadone dosing.
How Does Methadone Work?
Substances like oxycodone, fentanyl, heroin and other opioids are usually short-acting, meaning users immediately feel the effects in the body. The effects also fade quickly. The effects of methadone, on the other hand, last up to 36 hours.
The long-lasting nature of methadone allows those using the medication to experience reduced cravings and fewer withdrawal symptoms without the drowsiness and other effects of heroin, fentanyl and other short-acting opioids.
Methadone allows individuals to reduce the need for other opioids and gives them a chance to rebuild their lives. Methadone maintenance treatment can last for one to two years or over 10 years. Every recovery journey is unique. Once an individual and their doctor decide to stop methadone treatment, it is important to reduce the dose very gradually over weeks or months.
Does Methadone Work Alone?
Recovery is about more than reducing cravings. For this reason, individuals in recovery who are using methadone or other medication-assisted treatment can also benefit from counseling and other forms of supportive care. At MedMark Treatment Centers, we combine the use of medication with comprehensive, individualized treatment plans.
Does Methadone Have Side Effects?
All medications have side effects, and individuals who take methadone can work with doctors to address them and ensure the correct dose. Some common side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Changes in libido
- Weight gain
The important thing to remember is that the effects of methadone are less severe than the effects of heroin and other short-acting opioids.
Where Can I Turn If I Have More Questions About Methadone Dosing?
If you have questions about medication-assisted recovery or are ready to make a change in your life, MedMark Treatment Centers is here to help. We create comprehensive treatment plans, which may include methadone, to help individuals in their recovery. Find the closest treatment center or start the process of recovery by contacting MedMark today.