Methadone Treatment

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A new approach to methadone treatment.

Methadone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD).

Methadone is used as part of a medication-assisted treatment program. It is administered daily in either a tablet or liquid form by a licensed opioid treatment program or methadone doctors.

At Fusion Recovery, our philosophy goes beyond just administering the medication as a methadone clinic. We believe that true recovery starts when you understand the root of your addiction. Our methadone maintenance program includes individualized treatment plans for our clients that includes therapy.

Benefits of methadone maintenance treatment:


Stops opioid cravings.


Reduces withdrawal symptoms.


Blocks the effects of opioids.

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During your first visit at Fusion Recovery, you will receive a complete physical and full evaluation from our clinical team to get a better understanding of your overall general health, the effect addiction has had on your body, and develop a treatment plan.



The switch from opioids to methadone is called stabilization. You will start with a low methadone dose while we evaluate your physical withdrawal symptoms and mental state during this process. Once your mind and body are stabilized, you can move on to maintenance treatment and therapy sessions.



Once you are stabilized with the appropriate maintenance dosage, our clinical team will administer your dose of methadone daily until you can safely stop opioids completely. Methadone maintenance treatment can last from several months to several days of daily treatment.

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Free yourself from the cycle of addiction.

A methadone treatment program can help you remain on the right path in recovery. While methadone is a great start to treatment, at Fusion Recovery we believe that sustainable recovery takes more than that. With the compassion, support, and guidance of our experienced team, we offer therapy and treatment services that are the foundation of our program. We aim to help you uncover the root problem of your addiction and help you heal your inner wounds. Once you better understand your addiction, we can help you prevent relapse and free yourself from addiction.

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Myth vs. Facts.


You get high off methadone.


When taken as administered at an opioid treatment program, methadone does not make you high. When you first begin methadone you may experience some drowsiness, but once you are stabilized and we determine the proper dosage you will feel normal and have reduced opioid cravings. Methadone does not create the high you experience with opioids, so methadone addiction is difficult.


Those in addiction treatment misuse methadone.


Methadone does not cause the euphoric feeling that opioids do, so you do not get the high that occurs from other opioids. Those who use methadone do so to lessen the effects of opioids. Unless it is mixed with other substances, methadone is extremely difficult to overdose on. However, the medication is an opioid agonist, so methadone withdrawal may occur when it is no longer taken.


Methadone rots your teeth and bones.


While dry mouth is a common side effect of methadone treatment, a basic dental hygiene routine can help protect your teeth and gums. Achy bones are a symptom of withdrawal, and once you get the proper dose of methadone it should subside.


Methadone will damage your liver and other organs.


When you take methadone in the prescribed amount determined by a licensed opioid treatment program, methadone does not affect your liver or any other internal organs. Methadone is an FDA-approved safe medication to treat withdrawal symptoms in people with an opioid use disorder. Methadone side effects may occur, as with any other medication, though this does not mean it is unsafe.


Methadone should only be taken for a short period of time.


There is no evidence to support this claim. Many providers support prescribing methadone as a long-term treatment option.


Methadone cures opioid addiction.


Methadone is not a simple cure for opioid addiction. Methadone is a tool to help you stop using opioids and begin to live a healthier life. Methadone helps reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, so you do not have the urge to use drugs.

Overall, methadone is a safe and effective treatment option for opioid addiction. If you have questions about our program or would like to learn more about Fusion Recovery and our methadone maintenance program, please reach out to us! Our staff is on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Methadone Vs Suboxone

Both methadone and suboxone are used during medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. Both of these medications are effective methods of addiction treatment, although there is a possibility for misuse. Suboxone requires a higher dosage than methadone for treatment and is less effective for avoiding relapse, though methadone is more addictive.

Both medications may cause similar mental and physical symptoms such as constipation, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble concentrating, drowsiness, shallow breathing, or sexual problems. Stopping the use of either medication may also lead to symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal or methadone withdrawal, especially if the medication is stopped cold turkey instead of tapered off.

Below are the types of tests used to detect methadone and the length of time methadone can be found in your system. Note that clinical findings vary a bit depending upon the report.
When testing for methadone by blood, clinicians should administer the blood test within 30 minutes to 3 hours after taking oral methadone, but it can be detected for up to three days in the blood. A blood test is more invasive for patients than urine, saliva, or hair tests, but it yields conclusive results.
Urine tests are the most non-invasive and cost-effective way to test for methadone. Urine can detect methadone up to 24 hours after consumption, but there is a possibility that it will show in your system until seven days have passed since the last use.
A hair follicle test is the only type of drug test that can determine if a drug is in the system for up to three months. It typically takes about a week for methadone, or any drug, to be detected by a hair follicle test; however, the longer an addict uses methadone, the longer it will stay in the system and show up on a hair follicle drug test.

Methadone shows up in saliva drug tests within 10 to 30 minutes and often can still be found in the system at 7 to 10 days. The length of time the drug is present in your body will vary depending on how much the user had taken when it was last consumed etc.

Generally, methadone will be released entirely from the system within a few weeks.

Methadone blocks the opioid receptors in your brain to decrease the chances of relapse. Methadone blocks the effects of illicit drugs and prescription painkillers, so the urge to use these substances is lessened. This medication is typically first administered during medical detox and then continued throughout the rest of treatment.

A team of medical professionals will prescribe methadone to clients suffering from opioid use disorder. As methadone itself can become addictive if not taken as prescribed, it is important to receive this treatment from certified healthcare providers. Each dose of methadone is formulated specifically for each client, and typically will receive periodic adjustments so patients can be slowly detached from dependence on substances.

Just like any drug, methadone has the capacity to become addictive if abused, but it is not inherently addictive. When it is administered by medical professionals at a rehab facility, patients only receive a controlled amount that they cannot abuse, and then are slowly weaned off the dependence on this substance.

Since methadone blocks the opioid receptors in your brain, it does not produce any euphoric effects that come along with opioid use. Not only does this help reduce the risk of relapse, but it also reduces the risk of dependence on methadone as well, as it will not produce the same effects present in substance abuse.

Methadone does include a variety of side effects that a patient may endure, although these are less intense than the side effects of opioid use and opioid withdrawal. Even when taken correctly, methadone can have certain side effects such as lightheadedness, shallow breathing, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, confusion, hallucinations, tremors, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Although these side effects sound frightening, opioid withdrawal symptoms and potential relapses are much more threatening, as these can result in fatality. When taken as prescribed, this medication cannot result in overdose.

When taking methadone, patients should avoid alcohol consumption and be cautious when driving or operating machinery. It’s also important to store the medication at room temperature, as well as keep it away from light sources. Patients should avoid Medication Assisted Treatment if they are not receiving it from a medical professional, or if they have become addicted to the drugs prescribed before.

Methadone should also be avoided in patients who take other medications, such as anti-anxiety, antidepressants, pain medications, sleeping pills, or medication for heart arrhythmias. If you plan to become or are pregnant, do not take this medication. If you have low blood pressure, breathing disorders, or seizures, methadone treatment is not right for you.

Although methadone has side effects and can potentially be abused, it is a much safer alternative to opioid addiction.

Since this treatment blocks the opioid receptors, it decreases the rate of relapse and helps patients stay on the path toward recovery. When used in addition to other treatments for substance abuse and mental illness, such as counseling and behavioral therapies, along with support groups like Narcotics Anonymous, patients have a greater likelihood of overcoming their addiction.

As mental health issues can often lead to substance use disorders, therapy is important in treating the cause of addiction, while methadone simply treats the symptoms. With Medication Assisted Treatment, patients are able to begin a new path in life, free from the burden of substance abuse.

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