Methadone Use in Treatment

Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC) has developed an innovative Methadone Detoxification treatment program that is medically monitored. LVRC is one of the few private inpatient treatment facilities in the nation licensed by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to dispense methadone as part of the withdrawal process.

Our medical staff is experienced in detoxification from high doses of methadone (>100mg/day.) Opioids are used only through the withdrawal phase.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) more than 2 million Americans are living with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), out of those people, less than 420,000 will receive specialty addiction treatment. This is why it’s important to our LVRC team to provide safe and creditable chronic pain treatment and addiction programs.

 

LVRC’s Innovated Methadone Detoxification

Our Methadone Detoxification treatment program is only designated for adults who need help with reducing and eliminating methadone use, as well as preventing future relapse. Clients will go through an assessment process and a physical exam. At LVRC, we know that every person has unique needs, so our clinical and medical staff will evaluate the potential client and create a personalized treatment plan before Methadone detoxification begins.

When Methadone detoxification has been approved for a client, LVRC’s medical staff will offer a short-term taper of methadone and transition to buprenorphine (Subutex) when indicated to facilitate discontinuing Methadone.

 

What is Methadone?

Methadone is an opioid developed to treat extreme pain. Today, it is frequently used in the addiction treatment process to help individuals abstain from other narcotic painkillers or illicit opioids like heroin.

 

Why is Methadone used?

Methadone acts to modify the brain and nervous system’s response to pain and its effects are stronger than drugs like codeine, heroin, and morphine. When used in treatment, it can prevent serious withdrawal symptoms that cause headaches, chest tightness, racing heart rate, muscle tension, sweating, and nausea.

 

Methadone Administration

Methadone can be administered to clients as a pill or liquid form but a certified physician and medical team must always conduct treatment. State and federal laws regulate all methadone clinics in the United States.

 

Medically Monitored Withdrawal

Individuals, who go through the Methadone Detoxification treatment program, also go through the Medically-Monitored Withdrawal Program.

Medical withdrawal is an intensive level of care, so the detoxification process is medically monitored under the supervision of the medical director, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and nursing personnel.

 

LVRC has a full continuum of addiction and chronic pain treatment programs, learn more about our levels of care.