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What treatment should a person have for methadone addiction??

by Quintan
(London)

I have been taking methadone for a few months now and I really would like to know the best way to get out of this addiction? I really want to move on, but feeling that I need some help?

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Methadone helps prevent relapse from opiate addiction
by: Debbie Wicker

I assuming you're taking Methadone as prescribed by a doctor. If prescribed and supervised by a doctor, there is nothing wrong with taking Methadone to help control an opiate addiction. Many people take Methadone for years, although it is cumbersome to have to go to the Methadone clinic every day, Methadone is relatively safe is used as prescribed by a doctor.

What many people are unaware of is that you can get treatment for addiction but you also need to RECOVER from addiction. Are you going to daily meets of NA or AA? If not, you should join a 12 step program right away and try to go daily.

Joining a program will give you the support you need to truly move past your opiate addiction. Once you've been in the 12 step program for a year or so and are comfortable in your recovery, then you should be able to begin to wean yourself off of Methadone with the support of your doctor.

The first question you should ask is not when can I get off Methadone, but where am I in my opiate addiction recovery process? Once you begin to FULLY understand your addiction and begin to address those issues that need to be addressed then getting yourself off Methadone becomes much easier. If you remove yourself to soon your will very likely immediately relapse and have to start the program all over again.

If you're buying Methadone on the street without have the dosage manged by a doctor, then you have an opiate addiction similar to heroin or Oxycontin. In that case I would recommend you still join a 12 step program but also go immediately to a doctor and tell them you're addicted to Methadone. They should be able to help you find treatment and assist you as you go through the opiate addiction withdrawal process.


Good Luck!



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