Methadone Facts

What is Methadone?
Methadone is a long-acting opioid medication that is used as a pain reliever and, together with counseling and other psychosocial services, is used to treat people addicted to heroin and certain prescription drugs.
What is Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)?
MMT helps normalize your body’s neurological and hormonal functions that have been impaired by the use of heroin or misuse of other short-acting opioids. Opioids are a group of drugs that act on the central nervous system. They include substances such as:
  • codeine
  • morphine
  • heroin
  • synthetic drugs such as:
    • oxycodone
    • oxycontin
    • hydrocodone
    • methadone
Appropriate Methadone Maintenance Treatment provides several benefits:
  • Reduces or eliminates cravings for opioid drugs
  • Prevents the onset of withdrawal for 24 hours or more
  • Blocks the effects of other opioids
  • Promotes increased physical and emotional health
  • Raises overall quality of life
Is Methadone Maintenance Treatment Right for You?
Have you been through detoxification and found you couldn’t feel normal? MMT can allow you to regain a sense of normalcy.
  • Have you been using opioids such as heroin, codeine, or oxycodone but can't seem to stop? Methadone Maintenance Treatment can help you quit using those drugs and focus on your life.
  • Are you pregnant and using heroin? Seek MMT right away to prevent miscarriage and protect your baby from life-threatening withdrawal.
  • Have you tested positive for HIV or Hepatitis C? If you have tested positive, MMT can allow you to regain your quality of life and begin essential treatment of your viral infection. If you have not tested positive, Methadone Maintenance Treatment can help you stop using needles which is the primary way infection occurs in drug users.
  • Beginning MMT can help stabilize and improve your health and can move you toward getting the care you need.

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