IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND METHADONE AND ITS PLACE IN TREATING ADDICTION.

Methadone is a full agonist that can be used to help stabilize the brain and control cravings.

WHAT IS METHADONE?

METHADONEMethadone is a medication used to treat opioid use disorder. It alleviates withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings for opioids, such as heroin and prescription painkillers. By taking methadone regularly, individuals can manage their addiction more effectively and work towards long-term recovery.

The drug acts as an agonist on the brain’s opioid receptors, relieving cravings and helping to block the effects of opioids. Methadone comes in pill, wafer, and liquid forms. However, depending on administrative codes in certain municipalities, methadone might only be available in oral, liquid doses. A dose lasts approximately four to eight hours, meaning individuals must take it more frequently than longer-lasting medications like buprenorphine. Taking it as prescribed and under the supervision of a clinician can prevent complications and promote recovery outcomes.

Over time, prescribing physicians reduce the dosage to help individuals taper off opioid usage while still receiving relief from withdrawal symptoms. Once patients start a methadone program, they should continue on the medication for at least one year. Individuals should never abruptly stop treatment, which may result in severe withdrawal symptoms. While methadone treatment doesn’t cure substance use disorders, it can provide a safe way for individuals to manage their addiction and take steps toward recovery.

Methadone Treatment Programs at BrightView

The BrightView centers that currently offer methadone include Akron OH, Asheboro NC, Attleboro MA, Canton OH, Chesapeake VA, Chillicothe OH, Colerain OH, Columbus East OH, Covington KY, Dayton OH, Easton MD, Erlanger KY, Georgetown OH, Harrisonburg VA, Kent OH, Lawrence MA, Lima OH, London KY, Louisville KY, Lynchburg VA, Mason OH, Maumee OH, Nicholasville KY, Ocean City MD, Paris KY, Portsmouth OH, Roanoke VA, Somerville MA, Willoughby OH, and Zanesville OH. However, many of our patients have previously attended methadone treatment programs elsewhere. When patients transfer to a BrightView addiction treatment center, except for the centers listed above, from a Methadone treatment center, they are medically assessed and transitioned to another medication option under the supervision of a waivered doctor.

At BrightView, we do our best to work around our patients’ busy schedules and many commitments, so we prefer medications like Suboxone and Vivitrol when appropriate. The Ohio Administrative Code requires that patients on a Methadone treatment plan are given their dose by a licensed provider daily, receiving a maximum of one dose to take home on holidays or Sundays if the clinic is closed.

Any addiction treatment medications should only be prescribed and taken within a comprehensive treatment plan. The drug provides neurological stability to minimize cravings, while individual and group therapy helps the patient begin healing. Social support and other wraparound services are crucial to long-term recovery. At BrightView, patients receive comprehensive care that can address the complex nature of recovery holistically and effectively.

Get Medication Assisted Treatment at Brightview

At BrightView, we recognize the importance of providing MAT for those in need. Our team of professionals feels passionate about helping you through your journey to recovery. With our medication assisted treatment program, you will receive individualized care tailored to your needs with evidence-based treatments that have proven success rates. We have an extensive network of resources available so that you can access all the necessary support needed for your long-term sobriety goals. Call 888.501.9865 today, or fill out our online form to learn how we can help you achieve lasting recovery.

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Learn about Suboxone’s role in medication assisted treatment.

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Vivitrol

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Sublocade

Discover how Sublocade eases withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

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BRIGHTVIEW BY THE NUMBERS

Proactivity of Proper Healthcare Use Improves Dramatically

BrightView patients report a nearly 50% increase in engagement with regular medical providers (for example, primary care providers) after just 90 days in our program.

“It’s working for me.”

Within six months, unemployment among BrightView patients decreases by over 50%.

We treat our patients right.

The quality of our patients’ experience, proves that we respect them and treat each patient as an individual. When surveyed, our patients consistently rate their experience a 9 out of 10.

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