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Methadone Drug Rehab in Colorado


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As we know, marijuana has many myths about its medicinal value and other undocumented claims that make it appear to be valuable to society. Colorado Drug Rehab has found that the public has many myths about the effects of methadone, as well and, mainly, about its supposed benefits. However, methadone has the backing of "research" from universities and government agencies that make these myths seem more valid. Consumers need to be very CAREFUL before thinking that methadone will do for them what it is being promoted to accomplish.

Over 35 years of experience in working with people on methadone, it is rare to find someone on methadone that is happy with their choice to have started using methadone to handle their drug cravings and most of Colorado Drug Rehab's experience has found that most people on methadone regret ever starting to use methadone to replace their opiate addiction!

Methadone has been manufactured since it was first discovered by Hitler's scientist when they were no longer able to secure opium for the manufacture of morphine. Of course, a pain reliever of this strength was needed during the Second World War for the many soldiers that were at different stages of recovery from battle wounds. After the War, methadone was used sparingly as a pain killer, but it's manufacture grew in the early 1970's when it was first used as a substitute drug for opiate, mainly heroin, addiction. There are more profits made from methadone-type treatment than any other drug treatment, if you can call the use of methadone a treatment. Colorado has had methadone treatment centers for many years and there are many "professionals" in the drug rehab field in Colorado that will tell you that heroin addiction is a brain chemistry problem and the only cure is the substitute of heroin, or other opiates, with methadone. But if we examine the heroin data from Colorado, it shows that theses methadone clinics that provide methadone maintenance to heroin addicts on a daily basis are not fixing the problem.

With the increase in people getting addicted to opiate painkillers from their doctor's over-prescribing these drugs, Colorado Drug Rehab understands the attractiveness of getting on methadone to handle an opiate addiction that you have tired, unsuccessfully, to cure in the past. Government funding makes it even more attractive, but you cannot believe that the "facts" given by the methadone clinics about opiate addiction are necessarily the TRUTH! From years of personal testimonials, Colorado Drug Rehab has known many opiate addicts who have totally recovered from their addiction and do not have any symptoms of a "brain chemistry disorder" that keeps them needing opiates in their diet like everyone else needs food. This is NOT True!

An unhandled opiate addiction will definitely feel like you have a need for opiates forever, but those people that get their opiate addiction handled completely will not have any more desire for opiates than do people that have never been addicted to opiates.

Colorado Drug Rehab finds many request for methadone from people that are addicted to hydrocodone (vicodin, lortabbs, norco, etc.) Hydrocodone is one of the mildest forms of opiates and there are many more effective measures to explore outside of getting on methadone maintenance. Methadone use for a hydrocodone addiction is like calling the fire department to put out your cigarette... methadone use is by far to extreme a measure to handle that type of addiction!

Colorado Drug Rehab counselors have know too many patients that have become addicted to methadone because of a vicodin addiction and are in a living hell and wishing they had never gone that route.

Call Colorado Drug Rehab and tell the counselor that you have been reading this information and you would like to discuss alternatives to methadone replacement before it is too late. 1-888.781.7060.

Before looking at some state facts for Colorado in terms of heroin addiction lets first look at a few relevant national trends:

Use of heroin rose from 136,000 in 2005 to 338,000 in 2006 showing an astronomical resurgence in the use of heroin.

In 2006 there were 91,000 persons aged 12 or older who used heroin for the first time with an average age of 20.7!

Most heroin addicts (74 percent) have been in treatment for their addiction more than once, with 24 percent having been in treatment five or more times!

The following tables give an idea of the heroin problem in Colorado. The first gives an idea of those needing drug treatment for 2005.

Those in Colorado needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use in the past year:

Total 3, 140

Ages 12-17 5,150
Ages 18-25 9,880
Ages 25 or older 1,680

Colorado primary heroin admissions aged 12 and older:

1995 1,807
2000 1,807
2005 1,718

Nationally, admissions to treatment for heroin addiction increased by 12 percent from 1995 to 2005. One bright note is, however, that in the same time period, medication-assisted opioid therapy (methadone, etc.) decreased by 26 percent.

The United States has added yet another menacing substance to the ever-growing problem of drug abuse. Methadone, a medication typically used as replacement or maintenance for opiate-dependent patients, has become the substitute drug of choice for heroin and the popular painkiller turned street drug, OxyContin.

The Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that across the nation, Methadone-related incidents requiring emergency room treatment has increased 37 percent between 2000 and 2001. Florida saw an 80 percent increase in Methadone related deaths in the same period, and North Carolina's fatalities increased eight times from 1997 to 2001. Virginia is witnessing similar trends, and data predicts that we will soon be seeing significantly more Methadone-related abuse than OxyContin.

For many years, Methadone was not considered an addictive threat because of the length of time (several hours) between taking it and experiencing the narcotic effect. Additionally, it has a sedative, rather than stimulant, effect. As an opiate-based painkiller, Methadone can serve as an adequate stand-in for heroin or OxyContin. This can be extremely dangerous due to the delayed and subtle effect of the "high". People can overdose because they don't anticipate or feel the actual damage being done until it is too late.

Like Vicodin and Lortab, the frequency in which Methadone is being prescribed for pain is also increasing. Patients who were prescribed Methadone by their physicians to treat the pain of common ailments such as chronic back pain, sports-related injuries, or migraine headaches, are now seeking treatment for a dependency on a drug that was originally intended to help them.

Methadone has become more widely available in recent years, due in part to the increased number of clinics using Methadone to treat heroin and OxyContin addictions. This makes it difficult to determine whether the drug is friend or foe. Methadone is easily found on the streets of Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs since many who are getting methadone as an analgesic are selling their tablets and there are other supplies from diverted methadone.

Methadone treatment facilities traditionally service the patient on an outpatient basis, administering medication with a drive-thru mentality. A patient's vulnerability, compounded by a lack of sufficient medical supervision and psychological support, produces the emergence of the new dependency. More so, a doctor may have difficulty judging the proper Methadone dose for a first-time user. Additionally, patients are escalated to Methadone doses much higher than the original opiate in order to allow for 24-hour dosing. The consequence of this is that Methadone patients are much more difficult to detox. Methadone has a longer half-life than most opiates, which allows for the dosing once a day, but on the down side, it is much more difficult to withdraw from Methadone than it is from heroin or other short-acting narcotics.

Is substituting one form of dependency for another really the way to approach this life-threatening problem?

Experts argue that people who are prescribed Methadone for dependency on heroin or another opiate can lead normal lives and should be praised for giving up their addictions. However, these people may need to take Methadone forever, unable to function without it. Like any other dependency, quitting Methadone can cause severe withdrawal symptoms because the user is still dependent on opiates. Many who have detoxed from Methadone, find that they don't have a full nights sleep for a month or more. Of course, most people can't make it through such a regime and they will lose their will to be off methadone when they see the consequences. Fundamentally, Methadone treatment neither addresses nor reverses the core issue of dependency, and studies of former heroin dependents have shown that withdrawal from heroin was far less excruciating and lengthy than withdrawal from Methadone.

Methadone is a synthetic opiate that can legally be a substitute drug to heroin addicts as maintenance treatment. However, methadone is NOT a viable solution. Most methadone and heroin users develop a tolerance for the drug and must increase their dosage to either get the same high (with heroin) or stably avoid withdrawal problems (with methadone). In addition, methadone is more addictive and more powerful than heroin and is accompanied by a much more violent withdrawal period. The effects and cravings of methadone addiction last beyond the initial withdrawal stage. Physical cravings for the drug may last several months after usage ceases.

About eight years ago a new drug, buprenorphine, was introduced to those who are trying to "kick" a heroin or opiate habit and find the withdrawals too painful to endure or they find the cravings after withdrawal too compelling to stay off of opiates. Buprenorphine has been used for pain in most European for many years, but the methadone industry successfully kept it from being sold in American. After much evidence showed that it was a much better substitute for heroin and other opiates and that the withdrawal from buprenorphine was relatively easy for some to step-down their dosage, it was allowed to be given by physicians in the U.S. However, due to pressure from the methadone industry, a physician must take a small educational course before he is given the certification to write buprenorphine prescriptions and, the real limiting factor being that any physician so certified can only have up to 30 patients at any given time. Colorado Drug Rehab can report from first hand knowledge that the methadone industry's limitation on buprenorphine has protected their business well. Colorado Drug Rehab is here to protect the lives of those addicted to heroin and not to support or protect any other "industry"!

If you feel that you are faced with having to use a narcotic replacement, we hope that it will be for a short time and for the purposes of withdrawaling from a severe opiate addiction, but if you have to go that route, it is recommended that you use buprenorphine since it has the properties of an opiate and a drug that would cause you to withdrawal from opiates and, because of these properties, it is many times easier to step-down your use from buprenorphine and it is from methadone.

Colorado Drug Rehab gets many inquires about the appropriate dose of methadone for a person that is withdrawaling from heroin or oxicontin. If you go to a Narcotic Replacement "Treatment" program, they will usually start you at 30 mgs. per day. If you complain that, that dose isn't keeping you from craving more narcotics, they will step you up in dosage until you tell them you are stable and not craving other opiates. The problem with this approach is that most people that are turning to methadone are not always doing so to get off of opiates altogether, but for other reasons, like not being able to find or afford street opiates. Many patients that are seeking methadone as an alternative are also ill-prepared to confront their emotional situation and are using opiates to self-medicate and, therefore and likely to request a higher dose of methadone than is necessary to counterbalance opiate withdrawal symptoms.

Taking more methadone than the minimum needed to keep from being drug-sick will lead to an addiction to methadone that is much harder to handle than your present problem. Everyone that is on methadone of any significant dosage reports that they are sleepy most of the time, have no energy, feel dumb in their thinking, and are gaining weight.

Recognize that if you stay on methadone as a "replacement therapy" you will have these some problems, which leads to being less successful, under-motivated and all of that leads to feeling badly about who you are as a being. Therefore, Colorado Drug Rehab recommends that you call our counselors and let them help you look at this decision of using methadone from all angles and see if there aren't better alternatives for you.

Call Colorado Drug Rehab and tell the counselor that you have been reading this information and you would like to discuss alternatives to methadone replacement before it is too late. 1-888.781.7060.

If you or someone you love is using methadone to unsuccessfully handle a heroin or other type of opiate addiction and you would like to know more about viable drug rehab and drug treatment centers that actually get individuals past their need for opiates, then call Colorado Drug Rehab at 1-888.781.7060 and let our counselors explain the success of another approach to handling and opiate addiction.

Q & A

Question: What is the process to get off of methadone?

If you are taking methadone from an NTP (Narcotic Treatment Program), which is a euphemism for methadone replacement clinics or sometimes called Juice Bars, there are regulations that spell out your rights to withdrawal from methadone and how your particular clinic provides this service. 

Unfortunately, these clinics make money on your staying on methadone, so they have a conflict of interest when it comes to tapering you off the drug and losing one of their attendees.  Since methadone is a very strong opiate, withdrawals can be very painful and lengthy.  If you are on an average dose of 80 mgs/day, you will be uncomfortable if you reduce your dose by more than 5% per month.  It is customary to detox clinic patients at a minus 5 mgs per month.  Many people are taking over 100 mgs per day, so it is very difficult to feel less than normal for this extended period of time, in fact, most people fail at this type of tapering off of the drug by either asking to stop their withdrawals or by adding other opiates, like heroin, to their daily opiate intake. 

If you attempting to get off of methadone, it is important that you take large doses of vitamins and minerals, especially B vitamins and Calcium and Magnesium, since these help support the development of your natural opiate-like chemicals in your body and make the detox much easier to confront. 

If you are interested in getting off of methadone within a few weeks, you will need to be admitted into a medically assisted detox where they can substitute other drugs, that have much easier withdrawal symptoms, for methadone.  These types of detox centers can detox someone off of an average does of 80mgs per day in about 10-14 days, depending on individual differences and the protocols of the specific detox center.  This process usually cost about $1,000/day, so it is impractical for most people unless they have medical insurance that will cover this procedure. 

Again, you can see how being on methadone can easily feel as though you are enslaved to this drug.  Many people that have been on methadone will state that the withdrawal are the toughest thing they have every accomplished and would never get on this drug again.  There are tragic stories related to this form of replacement treatment, but since it has strong business profits, methadone has expanded in the past ten years with more clinics covering a larger part of the U.S. population. 

However, remember that you have the legal right to demand that you are detoxed off of methadone.  The clinic cannot keep you on this drug against your will and without your permission.  The dilemma that methadone patients find themselves in when wanting to detox has led to the promotion of rapid or ultra-rapid detox, a for-profit industry run by physicians.  This form of detox promotes that you will be under anesthesia for one to two days while you are given drugs that work as antagonist to opiates and cause severe withdrawals.  Don’t be fooled by the instant gratification of believing that you can be thoroughly off of methadone in 48 hours.  There are many dangers to this form of detox and it is usually not successful long term.  Again, this is only successful for the providers and not for patients.  Buyers beware.