FAQs

What’s the criteria to be eligible for admission?

To be eligible for our program, you must be at least 18 years old and have had an addiction to Opioids for a year or more.

How does methadone and buprenorphine work?

When individuals start using opioids, their brains require a constant supply of the drug to occupy the receptors in the brain. Methadone and Buprenorphine occupies these receptors, blocking the high and making the user feel more stable.
Methadone and Buprenorphine reduces the drug cravings and harsh withdrawal symptoms that often lead to relapse without creating the sense of euphoria associated with the abuse of morphine, heroin and other opioids. The effectiveness of Methadone and Buprenorphine lasts over 24 hour. Meaning that most people in treatment benefit from one daily dose

Is methadone safe to use?

Is methadone safe to use in the treatment of people with opioid use disorders?

It is one of the longest established, most thoroughly evaluated forms of drug treatment . . .*

Methadone taken under a doctor’s care causes no harm to any of your body organs and does not change your ability to think clearly.  An adequate maintenance dose keeps you from having unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.  People in our program find their lives completely turn around for the better as a result of methadone.  This treatment helps thousands of individuals end the roller coaster of opioid drug addiction.  They improve their health, work steady jobs, return to school, gain happier family and social lives, and finally start feeling good about themselves.**

 

– Methadone Fact Sheet. Office of National Drug Control Policy. Executive Office of the President. Drug Policy Information

Clearinghouse. April 2000

Am I just substituting one drug for another?

Methadone and Buprenorphine have very different physical effects than heroin, morphine and other opioid drugs. It is not a drug substitute, but rather medication used in an approved course of treatment to overcome opioid use disorder. Methadone and Buprenorphine maintenance, when used as part of a comprehensive treatment approach, continues to accrue evidence for its effectiveness in engaging and retaining people in treatment, reducing withdrawal and craving symptoms, reducing opioid misuse, and reducing many opioid addiction-related health and social problems, particularly risk of infectious diseases.
Some experts compare medication assisted treatment to the use of insulin for individuals with diabetes. The diabetic individual is “dependent” upon insulin, but they are effectively managing a chronic disease using a prescribed and carefully monitored medication.

What are the benefits of medication assisted treatment?

In addition to being safe and effective, methadone is one of the most affordable options available to individuals with substance use disorder. When used as prescribed, Methadone and Buprenorphine have both been proven to relieve withdrawal symptoms, reduce opioid cravings, and return chemical and emotional balance. These medications along with our comprehensive treatment program to include counseling and physician support promises to improve all aspects of your life.

Will methadone show up on a drug test?

Methadone will not result in a positive test for opiates such as morphine or heroin. The only way for a company or other organization to detect methadone is to test for it specifically, which is not a common practice.
People who are participating in approved medication assisted treatment programs are under the care of a physician who is prescribing a medication for a medical condition. In fact, they are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

How long will I need treatment?

The length of a medication assisted treatment program depends on a number of personal factors. Many people remain in treatment for many months, and some continue to use treatment indefinitely (as with many chronic medical conditions). Studies have shown people in treatment for one year or longer have the best remission rates.
While the medication can safely be taken for months and years, safe withdrawal from methadone or buprenorphine is possible. As with any type of long-term medication regimen, ending use of methadone or buprenorphine must be done slowly, carefully, with supervision and with physician support. Other medications are commonly prescribed to assist in the medically supervised withdrawal process.