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Methadone Addiction Treatment

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What is Methadone?

People can confuse methadone with methamphetamine; however, methadone is an opioid used for pain relief and can be legally prescribed, and methamphetamine can’t. Methadone can help addicts with side effects of opioids when detoxing, known as a medically-assisted treatment. (MAT) If used for longer, it can lead to addiction, though, just like any other drug. Methadone works on the brain by binding to the same receptors as other opioid drugs like oxycontin and heroin.

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Several treatment methods can be used for someone going through methadone addiction. Methadone is a long-acting drug that can stay in a person’s body longer than most drugs. Thus, there is a higher risk of overdose because people take more than they should, looking to get that high they can’t easily achieve with other drugs. 

When detoxing from methadone, a person may have the same difficulty as with heroin. Both are opiates and have similar effects on the body, including nausea and vomiting, and muscle cramps. Detox is the first step in a methadone addiction treatment program and can be assisted with medication. A medically-supervised detox, with the help of buprenorphine, can help ease the symptoms of withdrawal and shorten the detox time.

Medically-Assisted Therapy

As discussed above, detox under medical supervision may be needed for severe addiction or when other health issues are at play. Buprenorphine was the first medication approved to treat addictions and can be prescribed for take-home dosages. It has less risk of dependence.

  • L-alpha-acetylmethadol (LAAM) – This medication is a Schedule II substance often used in opioid addiction treatment and can be helpful for those detoxing from methadone. If used on a long-term basis, side effects can be an issue and include a rash, nausea, increased blood pressure, and abnormal liver function. 
  • Psychiatric medications – There are several psychological and emotional effects associated with withdrawal and recovery. A mental health professional can prescribe medications to help with depression and anxiety, which allows them to go through treatment smoother.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the first line of treatment after detoxing from a drug. Since drug abuse comes with a set of behaviors and expectations on the part of the user, it’s recommended that they meet with a counselor who can work with them to change these behaviors and cope with life more healthily. 

The counselor teaches them specific coping skills and behaviors to help them deal with stress and challenges they may face. CBT is a common form of therapy for those with heroin addiction and in methadone treatment since it focuses on the substance cravings and stress factors that can trigger a relapse. 

Comprehensive care that addresses a person’s addiction and mental health disorders that may co-occur with substance abuse is the best way for success with recovery.

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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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BRIAN MEYER

Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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