Our clinicians use methadone to treat individuals struggling with opioid addiction. It targets addictions to prescription pain medications and illicit drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. As the gold standard of care, methadone has over 50 years of positive results. Evidence shows that methadone works best when combined with counseling and personalized care. At Health Care Resource Centers (HCRC), our methadone treatment provides a well-rounded approach to recovery. We address the physical symptoms of opioid use disorders as well as the unique causes and consequences of addiction for each patient we serve.
Methadone success rates range from 60 to 90 percent, with outcomes improving the longer a patient remains in treatment. Compared to the reported 5 to 10 percent long-term success rate for abstinence-based, non-medical treatments, methadone’s value becomes clear.- The Fix: 7 Things You Need to Know About Methadone Treatment
Methadone is a long-acting, full opioid agonist medication often used for the management of opioid use disorder. When used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT), it complements counseling and behavioral therapies. It fully activates the same mu-opioid receptors in the brain that are activated by other opioids. In other words, it triggers the same part of the brain that opioids do without the harmful effects.
As a result, methadone reduces withdrawal and cravings so that a patient can stop using illicit opioids. It can also help restore chemical balance to the brain which allows patients to feel “normal” again and focus on their recovery. In combination with counseling, it becomes a powerful tool in recovery. Methadone maintenance programs aim to train the patient’s brain to function as it did before addiction.
A single daily dose of methadone taken by mouth can prevent withdrawal and cravings for 24-36 hours. When someone receives methadone treatment, a trained medical professional supervises their dosage amounts. A therapeutic, stabilizing methadone dose is different for each patient and is determined by many factors. The duration of time that each patient remains on methadone treatment is also individually determined. The clinician bases treatment on discussions with the patient and the treatment team.
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HCRC accepts patients over 18 who misuse opioids as their drug of choice. Here is what you can expect when beginning opioid addiction treatment:
We charge a daily medication fee that your insurance provider may cover. Methadone is an affordable option compared to other treatments. If you don’t have coverage, you could be eligible for payment grants and programs.
MAT programs such as methadone maintenance programs help patients by:
By law, only licensed Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) may dispense methadone. SAMHSA grants OTP licenses to programs that follow federal guidelines. For more information about methadone treatment, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Health Care Resource Centers serve patients in the New England area. We have more than 16 locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Our patients benefit from:
We also educate our surrounding communities about opioid use disorders. To learn more about our services and values, contact us today using the form below.