Learn more about medical detox for methadone withdrawal in Colorado and Virginia at Sandstone Care
Methadone dependence affects every aspect of your life, including relationships you have with friends and significant others, connectedness of families, as well as mental and physical health. Despite the fact that methadone is a prescribed substance, it is still often abused, and many people use it as a means of coping or “numbing out”. Detox and withdrawal are two things that every addict is familiar with, as they are very well known for being uncomfortable both physically and mentally. However, getting through the withdrawal process is the first step to getting sober and beginning a new and better life.
A medically assisted detox is the process of detoxing from drugs or alcohol with the help of medications and a team of trained and licensed medical professionals. It is the safest option for individuals who have become physically dependent on substances.
Attempting to go through detox and withdrawal without medical assistance can make the process more painful and uncomfortable, and can lead to severe health problems, and in some cases, even death.
Without the use of medication to assist in reducing physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, the likelihood of relapsing is high and there is the risk of overdosing on the drug. Additionally, having the support of a caring staff and recovery community, can ease the isolation that comes with drug addiction. This is why it’s important to enter into a detox center that offers medication and experienced staff as part of a recovery treatment plan.
During detox, you will be medically monitored by our detox centers’ team of licensed medical professionals. This team includes medical doctors, psychiatrists, and registered nurses. You will also be given medications to ensure that your detox is as comfortable and safe as possible.
Methadone withdrawal is a physically uncomfortable and potentially dangerous process. Making the choice to detox at home without medical assistance and monitoring can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Suddenly stopping the use of methadone can also trigger more severe, life threatening withdrawal symptoms. While methadone’s withdrawal symptoms are less severe than other opiates, they can still be dangerous and include life-threatening conditions.
During the first few days of detox, clients at Colorado Springs or Virginia Detox Center are assessed regularly by the medical team to ensure that they are being given the best care possible for their condition. Assessments include making sure that vitals are stable, pain is managed, and that they are not experiencing life-threatening symptoms.
Some typical symptoms of methadone withdrawal include the following:
One of the reasons that detoxing on your own without medical supervision is not recommended is because of the more serious and life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal you may experience. This can include liver disfunction or failure, rapid heart rate or tachycardia, psychotic episodes, and seizures.
Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone, but can be extremely unpredictable. Completing your methadone detox in a controlled environment where you can be monitored is the safest and most comfortable option for you.
Our centers are staffed by medical doctors, registered nurses, certified addiction counselors, licensed therapists and case managers. Each person on the highly skilled team has a passion for helping teens and young adults to gain their lives back from addiction. We have two detox centers. Our Colorado Springs Detox Center sits in a quiet suburb of central Colorado Springs, while Virginia Detox Center is conveniently located in Chantilly, Virginia.
Our centers offer medically assisted detox as well as inpatient treatment. Our facilities feature comfortable rooms with attached bathrooms as well as 24/7 medically supervised care that supports a safe and comfortable stabilization. Because we only accept a limited number of clients at a time, we are able to provide individualized and attentive care to every person in our program.
After you are medically stable, you will be invited to engage in the comprehensive therapeutic treatment program that addresses physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. We offer individual and group therapy as well as various assessments that allow our clinicians to create the best individualized treatment plan for each individual.
Detox is a big step, but it’s only the beginning of a long journey to sobriety. Most people will leave feeling better than their dependence on methadone has allowed them to feel in a very long time. However, those who do not continue with substance abuse treatment are almost guaranteed to relapse.
Medically Assisted Detox alone is not substance abuse treatment. While it provides you with a solid medical foundation, you should continue with a lower level of care such as residential treatment, intensive outpatient, or a partial hospitalization program.
We provide each client with a comprehensive and individualized discharge plan that is tailored to meet their treatment-related needs.
Sandstone Care offers a full continuum of care including medical detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, virtual IOP, and sober living. All of our programs focus on treating the person as a whole and incorporating important wrap around services such as life skills, individual therapy, psychiatry, medication management, and group therapy, which is essential for beginning your journey to sobriety.
Methadone is a long-acting, synthetic opioid that is most commonly prescribed to treat opiate addiction, in particular heroin. For some patients, medication-assisted treatment is beneficial as they begin to recover from substance-use disorders, but for many, it only replaces their former drug of choice with another substance they are dependent on. Individuals using methadone in order to overcome addiction are at a far higher risk of becoming addicted to it because they already have a history of drug dependency.
Methadone works by altering how the brain and nervous system respond and react to pain. If you were taking methadone and decided to use opiates, methadone would block the euphoric effects of the illicit drugs. Methadone is offered in liquid, pill, and wafer forms and is very strictly regulated.
Some patients who are taking it on an outpatient level must report to clinics once a day in order to receive their daily dose. Even though methadone is a medication prescribed and strictly regulated by physicians, it is still possible to abuse it, as it is extremely addictive. According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, methadone is involved in one third of all opiate pain reliever related overdose deaths.
The Continuum of Care
Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe sober living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.
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