Addiction involving opiates and opioids (synthetic opiates) is a chronic medical condition. It can be treated effectively with medically supervised withdrawal management and medical detoxification combined with counselling and support.
Some of the common characteristics of addiction involving opiates/opioids include:
- An overpowering urge to keep taking opiates/opioids despite problems.
- Getting used to (also known as developing a tolerance) the effects of opiates/opioids.
- This means you may keep increasing the amount of opiates/opioids you take to get the same relief you had when you first started using them.
- A physical need to keep taking the opiates/opioids, to ward off withdrawal symptoms, which only gets stronger with the amount of opiates/opioids you take and the length of time you take them increases.
Methadone belongs to the opioid family of drugs. It is used most commonly to treat addiction involving opiates and opioid drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl, morphine, codeine and related drugs.
Methadone is an opioid medication and is used as part of addiction detoxification, withdrawal management and maintenance programs. Methadone suppresses withdrawal symptoms and reduces or eliminates drug cravings. Methadone is not a “cure” it is part of treatment. Through treatment, people who have addiction involving opiates/opioids receive the medical and supportive care they need to stabilize and improve their lives. They are encouraged to engage in recovery to optimize health and wellbeing, as abstinence alone is not enough.
As Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease, continuing care is necessary to optimize outcomes, reduce relapse risk after the withdrawal period. Successful withdrawal management and detoxification should not be seen as an end in itself. Often people are preoccupied with getting off the substance and have difficulty focusing on recovery beyond abstinence. Social and peer support is essential and participation in 12-step groups such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA is encouraged. In addition, other recovery actions such as meditation and journaling are recommended as part of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework of recovery.
Calgary Methadone Treatment
HUM offers Calgary methadone treatment. If you are interested in taking Methadone, you will need to undergo our full comprehensive assessment prior to starting. It is recommended that all 3 appointments be done on separate days to optimize the opportunity for you to talk openly and honestly with each professional and learn incrementally through each interaction. It is important to share with the clinical team any pre-existing health problems or conditions as well as all the drugs; both prescription and non-prescription, illicit or illegal drugs that you are taking before you start taking Methadone.