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Common Myths about Methadone
Fact: Though Methadone is a medication that is opioid-based, it is fundamentally different from short acting opioids such as heroin and prescription pain killers. The latter go right to the brain and narcotize the individual, causing sedation and euphoria known as a “high.” In contrast, addiction medications like Methadone reduce drug cravings and prevent relapse without causing a “high.” It helps people dis-engage from drug seeking and related criminal behavior and become more receptive to behavioral treatments.
Fact: Leading addiction professionals and researchers have concluded that individuals stabilized on Methadone can indeed achieve true recovery. This is because people do not use illicit drugs, do not experience euphoria, sedation, or other functional impairments; and do not meet diagnostic criteria for addiction. Methadone/buprenorphine treatment does not consist of medication only, but also behavioral interventions like counseling and Health Home services. The medication normalizes the brain chemistry so that individuals can focus on counseling and participate in support groups necessary to enter and sustain recovery.
Fact: There is no one size fits all duration for MAT. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) recommends a “phased approach”, beginning with stabilization (withdrawal management, assessment, medication induction, and psychosocial counseling), and moving to a middle phase that emphasizes medication maintenance and deeper work in counseling. The third phase is “ongoing rehabilitation”, when the patient and provider can choose to taper off medication or pursue longer term maintenance, depending on the patient needs. For some patients, MAT could be indefinite. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) describes addition medications as an “essential component of an ongoing treatment plan” to enable individuals to “take control of their health and their lives.” For Methadone maintenance, NIDA states that “12 months of treatment is the minimum.”