There is no doubt that drug addiction and substance abuse can damage people’s lives, not only on an individual basis, but relationally as well. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, finding a drug rehabilitation center with comprehensive treatments is the first step to recovery. Here at Metro Rehab, we know firsthand the difficulties that stem from alcohol and/or drug addiction, and we are committed to serving the Oak Park community with our substance abuse treatment services. Through opiate treatment, mental health counseling, outpatient services, and so much more, we are working to combat the destructive nature of addiction.
One way we do this is through methadone-assisted treatment. This method has been used for decades to treat heroin and narcotic addicts. Overcoming an addiction to opiates, like heroin, codeine, and morphine, is a strenuous and incredibly painful process both mentally and physically. Methadone treatments work to lessen the painful side effects and reduce the craving for the drug, which ultimately paves a way toward a higher chance of overcoming the addiction.
How does it work? It affects the brain functions, specifically how the brain perceives and reacts to pain. Methadone itself replaces the craving for opiates that recovering addicts experience, allowing the the individual to continue through a recovery program without experiencing such an intense withdrawal or opportunities to relapse.
By relieving the painful and distressing symptoms that come from an opiate withdrawal, methadone treatment allows the brain to block the side effects, which over time results in sobriety.
Methadone can be administered in a variety of forms, whether that be in a solid pill form or in a liquid. One dose of methadone can last up to eight hours. In many drug rehabilitation facilities, these treatments are used in conjunction with individual counseling and group counseling programs.
If you have any questions in regards to the opiate treatment and methadone-assisted treatment options at Metro Rehab, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to offer further information on the subject.