People usually enter drug rehabilitation in Illinois with methadone in South Suburban area because they feel overwhelmed by their dependence on heroin or other opioids. Following are some of the facts we share at our methadone and suboxone clinic in Illinois:
People dependent on street opioids who receive methadone treatment are healthier and safer than those who do not. They live longer, spend less time in jail and in hospital, are less often infected with HIV, and commit fewer crimes.
Longer periods of methadone maintenance are better than shorter periods. The longer you stay on methadone maintenance, the better the overall outcome. Indefinite treatment often means life-long extension of good health, HIV seronegativity, and freedom from incarceration.
Methadone maintenance is treatment for people who are dependent on opioid drugs. It is not a treatment for people whose major problems are with other drugs, such as cocaine, alcohol, benzodiazepines, or cigarettes.
Opioid drugs include all the drugs that come fully or partially from opium and synthetic drugs that have similar effects. Morphine, heroin, codeine, methadone. dilaudid, buprenorphine, OxyContin, and fentanyl are opioids.
Methadone is a long-acting, synthetic drug that was first used in the maintenance treatment of drug addiction in the United States in the 1960s. It is an opioid which means that it acts in a way that is similar to morphine and other narcotic medications. When used in proper doses in maintenance treatment, methadone does not create euphoria, sedation, or an analgesic effect. Doses must be individually determined. The proper maintenance dose is the one at which the cravings stop, without creating the effects of euphoria or sedation. For most people, a single dose of methadone lasts 24 to 36 hours. Most people who are on a stable, appropriate dose of methadone for several weeks will not feel any significant sense of being "high" or "dopesick."
When appropriately prescribed and taken, is an effective, safe medication approved by the FDA for use in the treatment of opioid addiction. Suboxone relieves withdrawal, reduces craving and blocks the effects of heroin and other pain medications in ways similar to methadone Suboxone is usually taken daily as tablets to be dissolved under the tongue. If the drug is swallowed it is usually ineffective. Suboxone, like methadone, can be used as a short- or long-term detoxification medication or indefinitely as a maintenance medication.
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