Getting off Methadone
Are you on a methadone prescription and want to stop? You might have a chance to free yourself from your daily methadone dosing!
NEWORLD offers a special program for Methadone users to break the cycle and free them of their dependency.
Methadone addiction and abuse is a serious problem, and unfortunately, it continues to grow. Patients are prescribed methadone because they have become addicted to other opioids. Methadone was developed with the intent to serve as a stepping stone in aiding users get off the other opioids, allowing the body to function solely on the methadone. Long-term methadone usage might not be for everyone.
Methadone not a first choice
All patients have both a right to treatment and a right to refuse treatment. We also believe that patients on a methadone plan who wish to go for abstinence treatment should have the right to do so. Moreover, with some users, being on methadone maintenance does not stop them from abusing a lot of other drugs. This complicates the situation immensely and presents a dangerous health risk.
We follow the most recent guidelines published by the Canadian Medical Association which recommends initiation of opioid agonist treatment (with buprenorphine–naloxone whenever feasible), to reduce the risk of toxicity, morbidity and death, and to facilitate safer take-home dosing. This is a strong recommendation; high-quality evidence. It is recommended to initiate opioid agonist treatment with methadone only when treatment with buprenorphine–naloxone is not the preferred option.
Buprenorphine–naloxone has several safety advantages over methadone including a reduced risk of fatal overdose, as well as a lower potential for respiratory depression.
As per the recommendations, we believe that individuals who express a desire for treatment simplification should consider the transition to buprenorphine–naloxone. It not only poses a superior safety profile (six times safer than methadone in terms of overdose risk and far less likely to cause overdose related harms), it allows for more routine take-home dosing and less frequent medical appointments.
When transitioning from higher daily doses of methadone, there is an increased risk of substantial withdrawal symptoms and consequent relapse. Inpatient treatment and supervised withdrawal management programs may be required for safe conversion in such cases.
At NEWORLD Medical Detox we follow such guidelines and recommendations. Our methadone clinic Toronto offer patients on methadone an alternative. We implement a specially customized methadone detox protocol for each and every case to safely detoxify clients off their use. Whatever the client’s methadone dose might be, our medical director has a methadone prescribing license and can safely facilitate the taper to allow clients to decrease down to a more manageable dose. He then puts clients on an alternative medication, which not only has a better safety profile compared to methadone, but also stops craving and prevent withdrawal symptoms prior to completely withdrawing all the opioids out of the client’s system. We ensure that we use the appropriate prescription medications to allow our clients to recover from methadone use without serious side effects and minimal withdrawals. We are experts in this process and do our best to make this safe and effective. Clients walk out free of their methadone! Clients feel great as methadone dosing burden is off their shoulder!
A psycho-social assessment will be conducted by NEWORLD‘s team before discharge to plan for your treatment upon completion of the detox program. A report will be written and given to you. This tailored exit plan will be discussed with you and/or your family to help to achieve success in the addiction treatment journey post detox.
Its time to free yourself from your daily Methadone dosing! Call us NOW.