About Methadone Addiction
Methadone is a synthetic opioid used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction treatment program for heroin or other narcotics. Methadone addiction is an irony as it plays an active role in the treatment of other narcotics. Though methadone is a prescription drug, it has severe side effects and in the case of addiction may even be fatal.
Effects of Methadone on the Body
When used correctly and with careful supervision, methadone can be used as a long-lasting pain reliever for severe pain. However, methadone is a lasting opioid, and it will stay in one’s body for an extended period of time which increases the chances of overdose. Here is a list of the adverse effects of methadone:
Heart and blood vessels: Methadone causes weak pulse and low blood pressure.
Nervous System: Regular use of methadone may cause drowsiness, distortions or even coma.
Eyes and skin: Methadone abuse causes pinpoint pupils whereas the lowered blood causes bluish skin, fingernails, and lips.
Digestive System: Severe stomach pain and constipation is a common symptom of methadone abuse.
Respiratory System: Methadone abuse causes the individual difficulty in breathing, resulting in slow, shallow and labored breathing.
Symptoms of Methadone Addiction
Withdrawal Symptoms of Methadone
Although methadone is used to ease withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other prescription painkillers, methadone also has its set of withdrawal symptoms. Methadone withdrawal is quite severe, and it lasts for a long time. The most common withdrawal symptoms of methadone abuse are:
- Agitation, restlessness, and anxiety
- Increased tearing or watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Muscle aches or joint pain
- Frequent yawning
- Profuse sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Severe abdominal cramps
- Shivering, trembling, or goose bumps
Methadone Addiction Treatment at AKUA
Methadone detox is the first stage of recovery and has the following components:
- 24 hour supervision
- Gender-specific recovery programs
- Psychiatric and nursing support
- Group and individual counseling and therapy
- Prepare the clients for the next phase of the treatment
This is the second stage of recovery and usually consists of the following:
- The duration may vary depending on the severity, though it typically lasts for 30 days
- Gender-specific recovery programs
- 24×7 guidance and support from our clinical team
- Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
- Recreational activities on weekends such as movies, beach activities, etc. under the supervision of the staff
This is the last stage of recovery and will look like this:
- The typical duration is of 20 -30 sessions which translates to 30-45 days
- Mindfulness relapse prevention
- Evening meetings (AA or any other 12 step meeting)
- Group and individual assignments
- Transportation and housing provided
AKUA Mind and Body understands the financial burdens that addiction and mental health treatment can have on an individual and their family. As a result, AKUA works closely with most HMO, EPO and PPO insurance plans including AmeriHealth, Humana, Allcare Health, Highmark, UPMC Health Plan, and are In-Network with Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Magellen, HMC Health Works, Tricare, Western Health Advantage, Prime, Multi Plan, Triwest.
The specialists at AKUA Drug treatment Newport Beach believe in treating the individual as a whole, rather than treating the diagnosis. Each client has unique treatment timeline involving a collaborative effort from every member of the treatment team.
Maybe you are a 26-year-old female who is struggling with body dissatisfaction fueled by depression, which has developed into a cocaine addiction. Maybe you are a 45-year-old male working in corporate America, drinking excessively to cope with your anxiety despite your loving family.
No matter who you are and what your story is, AKUA Mind and Body believes in tailoring their treatment program to fit your needs so you can live a healthy and fulfilling life, free from addictive substances and the pain of underlying disorders.