Methadone Addiction and Withdrawal

How to Recover from a Methadone Addiction

The addiction epidemic in New Jersey has spread across the entire state affecting everywhere, including Atlantic, Gloucester, and Ocean Counties. Those who are addicted to heroin typically want to quit, but sometimes the cure is just as bad as the disease. Many people turn to the drug methadone as a way to come off of heroin. This medication can work wonders when a person tapers off quickly, but unfortunately, many people do long-term methadone maintenance programs. Without a clear end to the use of this medication in sight, methadone addiction and withdrawal can become a major problem.

Understanding Methadone Addiction in New Jersey

Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12-step programs promote abstinence. Although this is the best way to avoid relapse, many people aren’t ready to make the full commitment to abstain. This is why some people choose to go the route of harm reduction with medications like methadone. The idea of harm reduction is to give the person a substance that’s less dangerous. While this is great in theory, it doesn’t help the person gain the freedom they desire from addiction. 

Methadone is another opioid, but people think it’s better because it’s closely being monitored by a medical professional. Some states don’t have methadone clinics because the community worries that it will bring addicts into their cities. The reality is that a lack of methadone clinics doesn’t stop addiction from happening throughout these states, but they can save lives. New Jersey has quite a few methadone clinics, but people are often unaware of the fact that they’ll become addicted and dependent.

Methadone Withdrawal can be Worse than Heroin

Methadone is not only an opioid, but it affects the body in a different way than drugs like heroin or prescription opioids. Through the continued use of methadone, the body becomes highly dependent on the substance. Those who have experienced methadone withdrawal know that the symptoms can be even worse than heroin, and these symptoms can often last longer than they would from other opioids. The reason this happens is that unlike other opioids, methadone actually sets into bone marrow, which makes it take longer to leave the system. 

Some of the common symptoms of methadone withdrawal include the following:

  • Tiredness

  • Anxiety

  • Restlessness

  • Aches and pains in joints and muscles

  • Depression

  • Nausea

  • Cramps

Treatment Starts with Detox

If you’ve become addicted and dependent to methadone, allow Enlightened Solutions to help. We have a detox facility with a medical staff who can help you come off of the drug safely and comfortably. Whether you developed your addiction to methadone due to a methadone maintenance program, or if you were abusing the drug recreationally, we’d love to assist you with beginning a life of recovery. Those who learn how to manage life free from any mind-altering substances experience true freedom, and we want to assist you with reaching that point. 

Aside from the detox program at Enlightened Solutions, we also offer clinical help to assist you with understanding the root cause of your addiction. From there, we’ll help you gain the tools you need to maintain long-term sobriety. For more information about how we can help, call us today at 833-233-7336.

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