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What is a methadone-treatment clinic?

A methadone clinic provides treatment for opioid addicts. It is also known as Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP). Opioid Treatment Programs are also known by methadone clinics. To help stabilize the body from withdrawal symptoms, the patient is given methadone. The goal of the treatment program is to provide long-term and meaningful recovery therapy. Methadone is an opioid opioid analgesic. It allows patients to withhold from illegal opioids while promoting continued resistance to illicit drugs.

What is the treatment at a methadone-clinic?

Methadone must also be administered and managed by medical professionals. The patient receives counseling services along with the medication-assisted care in order to achieve long-term recovery.

Each patient’s methadone treatment is unique and tailored to suit their individual needs. Considerations include what type of illicit drug was being used and how long it was being taken. Also, consider any co-occurring diseases or the patient’s response.

What are the treatment options for methadone users in a clinic setting?

For opioid addiction, methadone prescriptions do not trigger cravings for the illicit opioid nor the euphoric rush often associated with taking the drug. Methadone has been legalized in the U.S. as a treatment drug for opioid addiction since 1947. It suppresses withdrawal symptoms 24- to 36 hours, according National Drug Intelligence Center.

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Patients receive counseling sessions as well as methadone therapy. Counseling can prevent relapse by helping patients deal with stress and to repair relationships. Counseling sessions are offered to patients in group, family, or one-on-1 settings for their complete recovery and treatment.

Some patients will respond to treatment immediately, while some others may need more time to achieve stability.

What are some of the benefits of visiting a methadone clinic to get treated?

When patients are treated with methadone therapy and professional counseling, they can enjoy the following benefits:

  • The cessation of symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal
  • Reduplication of opioid cravings
  • Decline in negative effects from illegal opioids
  • Recovering from opioid addiction is possible by removing the physical need to take painkillers.

Why is methadone a great treatment for opioid dependency?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse outlined the Drug Addiction Treatment stating that methadone should be used with other protocols to treat opioid dependence.

  1. Medication Assisted treatment (MAT), also known as medication assisted treatment, is a method of treating addictions. It blocks the effects that illicit opioids have on the brain and can be prescribed by a licensed practitioner. Methadone owing to its effectiveness as well as affordability, is the most common treatment medication. Suboxone and Buprenorphine ease drug cravings. Should only be used in patients who have undergone detoxification.
  2. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or CBT: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can prevent addiction relapse. CBT allows individuals to identify and correct problematic behavior by using a variety skills that can help them stop their drug abuse as well as address other issues that often accompany it. CBT’s central component is to anticipate potential problems and increase self-control. Patients look at the possible negative consequences of using drugs. They also monitor their health and recognize when they are craving drugs. Patients develop strategies for dealing with cravings as well as ways to avoid high-risk situations. Research has shown that patients can retain the skills they learn from cognitive-behavioral therapies long after their treatment ends.
  3. Recovery Support Services (RSS), also known as child care and housing, are designed to promote healthy living habits that will reduce the likelihood of relapse. This helps those who have suffered from opioid abuse disorder stay in recovery. Individuals who receive RSS along with opioid use disorder treatment are more likely to have a long-lasting recovery than those who receive each separately.

These protocols are further discussed in Chapter 4 The Report on Alcohol and Drugs and Health. This report is available on pages 4-19 and 431.

What happens during a visit to a methadone clinic first time for a patient?

Patients meet with a local health provider to discuss their current health and drug history. Individuals will be administered a blood- and urinalysis test. To determine the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient, doctors review their health history and evaluate their current condition.

Patients may be offered treatment medication at their first visit. The right dosage of medication can be administered to stabilize patients who are showing signs or symptoms of withdrawal.

The medical staff informs and sets goals for patients and establishes guidelines that will ensure their safety and success.

For their first dose, patients will need to go to the methadone treatment clinic every day. They also need to be present for counseling sessions and medication administration. Once a patient has demonstrated long-term stability, dependability, and is able to keep up with their treatment, they will be permitted to take-home medication privileges. They can also visit the clinic periodically for checks.

Who plays a role during a patient’s recovery at a methadone rehab?

A methadone clinic is staffed with medical professionals. This includes counselors, nurses, physicians and other health care providers. Business and administrative personnel will also be present for daily operations.

The patient’s spouse, partner, family member, or friend is encouraged to be there for them during treatment and recovery. If the patient is willing, relatives and friends may accompany the patient to any appointment.

How can you find the right methadone doctor?

It’s important that you find a respected and experienced medical treatment facility with methadone clinic accreditation and licensing.

Because these are vital parts of the recovery process, the clinic should offer counseling and community connection services. Contact Open ARMMS today to schedule your initial appointment!

 

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Edward Russell
Edward Russell
13:30 02 Oct 20
When i first came to this program I thought the standards were to strict, but I have learned that this program was... giving me tool',s that will aid me in becoming more proficient in my career. My counselor Esther and the staff has continued to invest in the lives of individuals that comes through this program. Sometimes their job seems thankless because addicts are often confused about being helped and being hindered. But I would like to say that I thank God for them, and I pray that they know that they appreciated.read more
Darcee Anthony
Darcee Anthony
14:56 01 Oct 18
I owe my life to this clinic and those who work there. They gave me boundaries when I needed them, and gave me... freedoms when that was what I needed to grow. The Women's Group that met weekly gave me a real sense of belonging as well as new friends. The Clinical Manager is the best Therapist I've ever worked with. The receptionist is kind and caring. The Nursing Staff all worked hard to help us in any way they could. I've been gone from Open Armms about three years now and I've remained sober (with a very small dose of Methadone to treat cancer and other medical conditions, taken daily). Living sober just keeps getting better and better every day. Although I have a very aggressive form of cancer, I've not had a need for more narcotics! Wish I was still there. They were my family!❤️read more
Indrid Cold
Indrid Cold
13:34 22 Feb 17
You should never judge a drug addict. Pray for them. Be there when they need you. Placing bad reviews and calling up... the place trying to get your loved one in trouble so they won't have anywhere else to go but the streets isn't the right way. I love my boyfriend very much and know he is suffering. Thank you Open Armms for not giving up.read more
Robert Lawson
Robert Lawson
19:30 22 Aug 16
Great clinic. Great counsellors and nursing staff. I don't know what the hell the top comment from that lady Shannon is... ranting about it isn't their job to get anyone clean that responsibility falls on you and you alone. If he's saving pee that's his own dishonest behavior and well first thing you have to do to get clean is get honest (with yourself) so don't blame them they will always be there to assist when he is ready if he's ready. On the flip side if he's using it just to get well in the morning then it's working exactly the way he is looking for it to. None of this is my business of course but it's co dependent people like that who are extremely harmful to any addicts recovery (blame everyone but the person who did this to themselves).read more
Shannon Bellflower
Shannon Bellflower
01:09 17 Dec 15
This place is terrible. If you're genuinely looking to get sober and completely off drugs this is not the place for... you. My brother has a terrible addiction to pills. He's been going to this clinic for 5+ years and they have not made any effort to completely get him off of the methadone. I don't think any place designed to get you off of drugs should be allowed to give you methadone for longer than a year let alone 5. People in his groups told him that if he drinks red bull with the liquid methadone they give him it prolongs the effects and gives you more of a high from it. So guess what he's started drinking every day? The people at the methadone clinic are either to dumb to catch on or they know and they enable it. All this place is is a legal drug dealer. This place should be shut down! They don't help my brother at all. They legally provide him with drugs that, whether they want to acknowledge or not, he gets high with. They have no plan to get him off of the drugs, they would prefer to keep getting the money he gives them every day. They have no plans to help him become an actual functioning member of society like GOOD, REPUTABLE rehabs do, they want him to stay on the methadone. They can piss test him all they want. He pees clean a certain time of the month, saves that pee and uses that when they test him, and they still haven't caught on! Don't go here!read more
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