Last updated: 04/30/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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With all of the benefits of methadone maintenance treatment, you might wonder why stop using methadone at all. After all, you are feeling better and functioning better. Unfortunately, there are long term side effects to methadone maintenance that are extremely dangerous.
The chance of overdose alone is worth considering methadone withdrawal treatment. Many people who try to get off methadone, fail. There are a few ways to getting off methadone that people who’ve used them know.
Have a Reason
Whether it is not wanting to take daily doses of a potentially lethal drug or whether you are using more methadone than you are prescribed, you need a reason to stop. Many people who try to taper off methadone do so at their doctor’s suggestion, this is not reason enough. You need to have a personal reason for getting off methadone.
One of the most common reasons for wanting to stop methadone treatment is the side effects. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the side effects of methadone are:
- difficult or shallow breathing
- hives, rashes, and swelling
- chest pain
- pounding heart beat
Find a Treatment Type that Works for you
You have a choice between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Both of these treatment types have positives and negatives. You have to weigh both options carefully to find the one that works for your lifestyle.
Inpatient treatment is often the best option for success. During inpatient treatment you will receive:
- drug therapy
- a place to be that is not stressful
- lifestyle counseling and help
- dietary help
All of these benefits are readily available 24 hours a day during inpatient treatment.
Outpatient treatment is usually less successful than inpatient treatment. This is usually due to access to drugs and other temptations. Outpatient treatment usually consists of:
- drug therapies
- lifestyle counseling
Part of the issue with outpatient therapy is many of the treatments are not available in the same location or they involve travel. One of the benefits of outpatient treatment is that you can work, go to school, and stay with your family.
Know Ahead of Time How Difficult it is
According to the National Library of Medicine, you should know how difficult tapering off methadone is. Most people do not succeed the first time. In order to withdrawal from methadone you need plenty of support and help from counselors, doctors, friends, and family.
Knowing how difficult it is ahead of time will help you stick to your treatment and seek out the help that you need. You cannot do it alone. We can help you find the methadone withdrawal treatment that is best for you.