Methadone is commonly used in Medically-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Centers similar to BrookStone Medical Center. But what is the purpose of Methadone?
The medication ‘Methadone’ in MAT Centers is provided to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates. Methadone has been used for years to treat people who may have developed addictions to narcotic pain medicines. When Methadone is prescribed by a licensed physician it is safe and very effective. Methadone in MAT Centers will help allow people to recover from their Opioid dependencies and reclaim meaningful lives.
At BSMC it is required that patients participate in behavioral therapies, counseling or group meetings to help patients better understand the medication, their triggers and the emotional side of addiction. BSMC understands that for the best results of methadone use, patients need daily contact with support people to encourage and help them along their way. This is why comprehensive MAT programs include daily dosing, counseling and social support.
Taking the medication in conjunction with behavioral therapies will help satisfy the bodies physical and mental needs often referred to as cravings or withdrawals. ”Methadone works by changing how the brain and nervous system respond to pain. It lessens the painful symptoms of opiate withdrawal and blocks the euphoric effects of opiate drugs such as heroin, morphine and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic Opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone.” (SAMHSA)
The medication at BSMC is offered as a pink liquid product that patients will drink while being proctored by the medical team. Each day when a patient comes into the clinic they have the opportunity to discuss their treatment with registered nurses or counseling team members. Our goal is to help make a positive impact in each patients life, each day, so they always feel like they have a support system near by.
When a patient first enrolls in the Methadone program, the medical team provides each patient with a personalized dose where they feel stable. This means the patient is no longer feeling extreme withdrawal symptoms or cravings from opioid dependencies. Stability enables patients to live a meaningful life by allowing them to fully participate in the community, in their families and in their career. After a period of stability (based on progress and consistent compliance with the program) patients may be allowed to take medications home between program visits upon approval by the DEA.
The length of time in treatment varies from patient to patient. But ultimately the goal for each patient is to taper their medication down to the lowest dose that allows them to live a stable life, and ultimately be opioid and medication free when their circumstances allow.
For more information about Methadone and Medically Assisted Treatment visit the SAMHSA homepage, or call BrookStone Medical Center today to speak with a team member.