Methadone Treatment and Rehab

Methadone is part of what’s called replacement therapy as it’s often used to help individuals with an opioid use disorder taper off an opioid substance , However, because methadone falls within a category of opioids, methadone itself can be highly addictive. Methadone is also used by those who are in recovery for substance use disorders, since it is supposedly an effective way to deal with the symptoms of withdrawal that can result from abruptly discontinuing the misuse of substances like heroin. In addition, methadone is used as a maintenance method for remaining sober. Methadone changes the way a person’s brain and nervous system respond to pain so that they feel relief. However, methadone’s effects are slower than those of other strong painkillers like morphine and it blocks the high that a person gets from opiate substances. Because methadone is addictive, individuals who consume it can develop a tolerance and, as a result, require increasingly larger amounts of the substance. For this reason, many people seek treatment for addiction and dependence to methadone.

Methadone Use Disorder Statistics and Facts

  • Methadone is a synthetic opiate
  • The substance is prescribed in pill form to treat chronic pain
  • The substance is used in a liquid form to treat addiction to opiate drugs like heroin
  • Methadone is easily misused and many overdose while taking the drug

Methadone Treatment

Methadone treatment for heroin and opioid addiction recovery has become increasingly popularized since it was first introduced as a pain treatment option around half a century ago. Many people on the path to recovery use methadone to help manage the withdrawal symptoms that are associated with rehab and addiction treatment, and this is why individuals then develop a substance use disorder with methadone.

The use of methadone does not allow recovering patients to have control over their own recovery and treatment. Using methadone does not eliminate the possibility of using other opioids, and in fact allows the continued use of these opioids for the feeling of euphoria while avoiding the withdrawal symptoms of detoxification. Using methadone as replacement or substitution therapy is essentially the continuation of addiction on a smaller scale.

Whether the person struggling with a methadone use disorder started misusing methadone recreationally or began using the substance as part of an opioid addiction treatment regime, treatment for methadone addiction requires both medical detox and comprehensive therapy.

What is Methadone Treatment?

With an addiction to methadone and other substances, there is a focus at The Recovery Village not just on detox or treating the symptoms of withdrawal that occur, but on helping clients make realistic changes that they can maintain throughout the rest of their life. All treatment programs at The Recovery Village are designed to be long-lasting, comprehensive and progressive. The recovery process includes taking small steps that build on one another for the most effective recovery.

At The Recovery Village, the staff treats substance use disorders without methadone, which is something The Recovery Village focuses on with their specialized heroin addiction treatment. The first step of any treatment program at The Recovery Village is a safe medical detox. This can be difficult, particularly for clients who have methadone withdrawals, but it’s necessary in most instances. Medical and clinical professionals take all of the necessary and available steps to keep clients safe and comfortable during the detox process.

Methadone Treatment Centers Near Me

Methadone use disorder can take over someone’s life. Addiction is an all-consuming disease, one that does not discriminate, and one that can destroy anything — marriages, families, careers, finances, educations — in its wake.

In methadone rehab, clients learn to understand their addiction, how to cope with the stressors of life that may have triggered their substance misuse, and how to prevent setbacks. Recovery is a life-long process, so it’s essential that clients invest in a quality treatment program that will give them the tools to maintain sobriety throughout their life.

The Recovery Village has methadone treatment centers across the country and offers several methadone treatment programs to suit every clients’ needs. The program offerings include:

  • Medically-supervised detoxification
  • Partial hospitalization programming
  • Residential inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Aftercare planning and setback prevention

Following intake and an evaluation, each client’s methadone treatment plan is customized for them and their specific needs. During evaluation, the methadone treatment center team conducts medical and psychiatric tests to determine the extent of the individual’s substance use disorder and if they have any co-occurring mental health disorders. Typically, the next step in treatment is detox. In some cases, clients may come to methadone rehab having already completed detox at a hospital or detox center. Once methadone is out of the client’s system, the medical and clinical team can begin therapy.

Every client participates in a variety of therapies, including individual counseling, group therapy, non-traditional or alternative therapies, and some clients may even participate in family therapy sessions.

Following methadone rehab, regardless of what the individual’s personal therapy plan entails, each client can leave The Recovery Village with an aftercare plan in place to ensure they have a support network waiting for them at home. This aftercare plan may include doctor appointments and drug testing with their primary care physician, sessions with a counselor in their town and a schedule of support group meetings in their area.

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Our Treatment Center Locations

The Recovery Village facilities serve communities from Florida to Washington, and specialize in a range of substance use disorder recovery services.

The Recovery Village Umatilla Umatilla, FL

Residence opportunities at this location include inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs.

Orlando Recovery Center Orlando, FL

This client-centered substance and eating disorder treatment facility in Orlando, Florida, features inpatient rehab services for adults.

The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health Two locations in South Florida

Our Miami and Lake Worth, FL locations offer inpatient, outpatient and detox services for adults.

The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper Cherry Hill, NJ

Our new, cutting-edge rehab facility plans to offer a full continuum of care to address a patient’s substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions in the tri-state area.

The Recovery Village Ridgefield Ridgefield, WA

The Ridgefield, Washington location assists people struggling with substance use disorders, substance misuse, and co-occurring mental disorders.  

The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake Palmer Lake, CO

The Colorado location offers a full continuum of care including medical detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs.

The Recovery Village Columbus Columbus, OH

The Recovery Village Columbus provides full-service substance use disorder therapy and counseling including medical detox, inpatient and outpatient treatment, aftercare and more.

Next Generation Village Sebring, FL

With a focus on adolescent recovery care, Next Generation Village provides customized treatment for substance dependence in central Florida.

IAFF Center of Excellence Upper Marlboro, MD

IAFF Center of Excellence is a one-of-a-kind substance use disorder treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members who are struggling to receive the help that they need.

Methadone Detox 

The first step a patient takes at a methadone treatment center is detoxification. This occurs when the patient ceases or reduces the dosage of methadone in order to stop using the substance. Withdrawal symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Goosebumps
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Body pain and aches
  • Muscle twitching

Methadone withdrawal symptoms typically last from four to six weeks, depending on the duration and level of methadone use disorder.

Inpatient Methadone Treatment

A person struggling with methadone use disorder may feel as if they can deal with their addiction through therapy or outpatient therapy, but inpatient care is an essential component of an effective methadone treatment program in most cases.

When a person considers receiving treatment near their home versus traveling to a different city or state, it’s important for them to think about the benefits they could get from leaving their  usual environments. Traveling to a different area can help them feel like they’re on the path to a fresh start, and also separate them from triggers that existed in their daily life.

Upon arrival at the methadone treatment center, the medical and clinical team may conduct a full assessment. After the evaluation, the patient will go through detox, if applicable. Once detox is completed, the client can then move on to the residential rehab or partial hospitalization program. Residential care is still part of the inpatient methadone treatment program, and the patient has access to the care and guidance of a 24-hour nursing staff, as well as the assurance of complete confidentiality.  

People often wonder how long treatment lasts, but what happens during treatment can vary depending on the individual, the facility and the strength of the addiction. Typically treatment involves an initial evaluation and then an individualized plan of therapy that can include group therapy sessions, personal one-on-one counseling, and activities to improve health and well-being on a holistic level. The duration of treatment can rage anywhere from one month to several months, but the complete duration varies from patient to patient

Outpatient Methadone Treatment

Methadone treatment programs are typically either inpatient or outpatient, or they may combine elements of both types of programs. The difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab is not just the living environment: during outpatient rehab, clients are typically working and living their day-to-day lives; in inpatient rehab, a client’s complete focus is on recovery.

Completing inpatient rehab first is encouraged and then clients can participate in a program like what’s offered by The Recovery Village, which integrates outpatient care as later steps in the recovery process. In inpatient rehab, there is constant support and care, and the environment is highly controlled. This can be valuable to patients who need structure and ongoing medical and emotional support.

The outpatient program is designed to help patients gradually move out of treatment while building the life skills they’ll need for their recovery. The Recovery Village’s focus also includes ongoing aftercare and the development of a setback prevention plan. Ultimately, the objective of treatment is to ensure that patients are always connected with their counseling, therapy, and the resources they need to remain sober throughout their lives.

Methadone Rehab

As methadone is used more and more to treat pain, not just opioid addiction, even more of this long-acting opiate became available to people who misuse substances. Similar to the wide availability of hydrocodone or oxycodone, people who abuse opiates can easily find methadone by stealing it from friends or family, or by purchasing it illegally. Illegal selling of a prescription medication is called diversion and it is the leading cause of the opioid misuse epidemic in the United States.

Whether the person started misusing methadone recreationally or began using the medication as part of an opioid addiction treatment regime, treatment for methadone addiction requires both medical detox and comprehensive therapy.

Since methadone is an opioid, medical detox is always required to withdraw from the substance.

Individual and Group Therapy 

In addition to inpatient and outpatient programs, some methadone rehab centers offer individual and group therapy. In many instances, methadone use disorder occurs as a result of an addiction to other opiates. Substance use disorders, in general, tend to be more common in people who have mental health disorders, which are referred to as co-occurring disorders.

What can often happen with a substance use disorder or mental illness is that people are treated for one disorder, while the other is ignored. Both mental illness and substance misuse have many contributing components including biological, psychological and social. That makes them complicated to treat appropriately.

That’s why integrated treatment is so important, such as in an individualized approach. Effective methadone treatment  should focus not just on the substance misuse itself, but also on the underlying mental illnesses or disorders that may that may have contributed to both the methadone addiction, and the possible addiction to other opioids that necessitated the use of methadone.

There is an approach to treatment at The Recovery Village that looks at all contributing factors within the framework of the individual. Plans are completely designed to the unique needs of each client, with an understanding of the mental illness that are associated with methadone use disorder. It’s this integrated treatment approach that tends to be the most advantageous for patients.

Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

Treatment at The Recovery Village focuses on weekly, customized one-on-one therapy sessions, paired with group therapy sessions designed to lead to physical and mental healing. Through individual therapy, clients work collaboratively with their therapist to identify problems, including co-occurring disorders.

During group therapy, there may be one or more therapists working with several people at one time. This is an opportunity to highlight shared experiences and build a support system.

Paying For Methadone Rehab

People often wonder about the cost of methadone treatment but insurance coverage will often provide options for inpatient rehab treatment. Most employee-sponsored health insurance plans also have some coverage for rehab, although in both cases the client may be responsible for meeting out-of-pocket copays. Every insurance policy and level of insurance coverage is different, but there are options to help cover the costs of rehab.  


Medical Disclaimer: The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.


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