Many individuals who suffer from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) find themselves struggling through the withdrawal period at the beginning of recovery. Because withdrawal symptoms can be so painful and difficult to overcome, this is often when people return to use. Knowing this, we recognize that medications like Methadone can be critical to ushering recovery.
Methadone is a form of medication-assisted treatment that can be utilized by anyone in recovery if necessary
Used for reducing cravings and symptoms of withdrawal from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), Methadone can be a safe and effective option for those it is prescribed to. Methadone is a form of medication-assisted treatment that can be utilized by anyone in recovery if necessary, but is typically found to be most effective at the beginning of one’s journey. In this post, we’ll cover what Methadone is, how it works and why it’s important.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is a medication used to treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Methadone is a long-acting opioid that reduces opioid craving and withdrawal and blunts or blocks the effects of opioids (SAMHSA).
When taken as prescribed, Methadone can be a safe method of combating withdrawal symptoms experienced at the beginning of stopping use. Patients should take Methadone in conjunction with counseling and other behavioral therapies as it is just one piece of a comprehensive treatment plan
Why is It Important?
At Kyros, we believe in finding the best options for each unique individual
Methadone, like other medication-assisted treatment options, can greatly reduce short-term recovery relapse rates. Because of this, it also increases the likelihood that an individual remains in treatment. On average, patients who are prescribed and take Methadone are almost 4.5 times more likely to stay in treatment (SAMHSA). Knowing that withdrawal symptoms can cause some
individuals to return to use, Methadone can be critical to the success of one’s recovery. While some may not require medication-assisted treatment to begin a healthy recovery, there are many that have required it. At Kyros, we believe in finding the best options for each unique individual, and this means increasing access to every viable treatment service.
How Does Methadone Work?
Methadone is a prescription medication used to combat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) by eliminating withdrawal symptoms such as cravings. Methadone acts on opioid receptors in the brain, which are the same receptors that other opioids like heroin, fentanyl and opioid pain medications activate (NIH).
How Do People Take It?
Methadone is only available in liquid form and through participating in a program/clinic that provides this option. Following this, the pharmacist who provides the Methadone will dilute it in water and offer it to the client daily.
Consult With Your Care Team on Your Options
Working with a licensed medical professional, you can determine whether this option is right for you.
Medication-assisted treatment is not always necessary in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) recovery. When taken under the care of a licensed professional, Methadone is a safe and effective treatment option that allows the patient to focus on recovery. Reach out to your care team, or keep reading to find out your options now.
Not Sure Where to Start?
If you’re having trouble finding resources, or just deciding where to start in your recovery – consider working with a Peer. Peer Providers offer guidance at any point in recovery, and have resources available to help guide you to your next right step. Talk with a Peer today about what options are available for you.