The Risks Of High Dose Methadone Detox
Can Methadone Detox Help Me Stay Drug Free?
Methadone has long been viewed as an acceptable solution to be used for drug detox. For many individuals detoxing from opiates such as heroin and oxycontin, taking methadone was supposed to help them gradually slow down to a point where they could be drug free. However, in many cases, rather than slow down, their methadone was increased to as high as 200 mg of methadone each day and now they are in need of high dose methadone detox.
Before you try to detox from high dose methadone use on your own, you should discuss this with your doctor. Depending on how long you have been using methadone at the high dose amount, you are likely to experience some withdrawal symptoms that are going to be uncomfortable that may include fever, sweating, body aches and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety and irritability, sneezing and runny nose, watery eyes, delusions and paranoia from high dose methadone use.
Traditional inpatient medical detox in a hospital facility is another available options for high dose methadone detox, however there are some things to consider. Traditional detox methods have been seen by the medical community as somewhat ineffective mainly because of concerns with patient care. Patients are usually placed on psychiatric floors; they are kept in isolation and on lockdown. Patients are restricted from all outside contact and not allowed personal items or communication with the outside world. As a result, many patients felt that they were being punished and that they were being stripped of their dignity.
The philosophy of traditional detox facilities is that the patient should be allowed to experience a certain amount of discomfort so that they will be deterred from future drug use.
There is a better way. IV therapy medical detox is seen by licensed physicians as the best method for high dose methadone detox. IV therapy is supervised by a physician and carried out by intravenous therapy. This method allows the doctor to make changes to your medication as your withdrawal symptoms change which will keep you comfortable and help you through the process more quickly, safely and more effectively. You will receive constant around the clock care by professionals who have a vast amount of experience in critical care.
When your detox is complete, it may be necessary for you to alter your relationship with substances so that you don’t feel the need to return to problematic levels of use. Freedom Model Personal Instruction is an educational program based on princples of cognitive psychology that teaches how to use self assessment and self change as a means to make decisions that are more productive and to develop positive habits and behaviors. Participants discover that they are not powerless and that they can create their own long term success without drug use. It is available via one one one videoconferencing, and can end the need for ongoing treatment and support group attendance.