The CompDrug Methadone Treatment Program
CompDrug provides eleven (11) supportive services in this program. This is the largest ambulatory outpatient service in Ohio, offering a full array of supportive services for adults with opioid addiction.
The Methadone Treatment Program provides a supportive environment for those persons seeking recovery from opioid addiction. This includes a full array of supportive services for adults with opioid addiction including access to medical care, individual counseling and can provide aid with social support services.
CompDrug also provides many support groups and education for those who may be dealing with issues of Hepatitis C, HIV/Aids and women's issues. Other groups are offered and new groups are regularly formed to meet the needs of all patients.
Below is a short overview of methadone and a few answers to questions you may have.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is a painkilling medicine discovered in the 1940's by German scientists as a substitute for morphine. Soon, American companies brought methadone to the United States for use as a painkiller and, later, to help treat persons going through heroin withdrawal.
Methadone, heroin and morphine belong to a class of drugs called opioids. They all act in the brain on pain, mood and other emotions. However, methadone has some special qualities.
In the early 1960s, two New York physicians, Vincent Dole and Marie Nyswander, discovered that if methadone is taken every day - called a "maintenance dose" as part of a program offering supportive services, it is an effective medical treatment for opioid addiction.
Benefits of Methadone
The following are benefits of methadone treatment:
Methadone is a legal medication and can be prescribed only by a physician. As such, its use is monitored carefully.
Methadone is administered orally, thereby reducing the dangers associated with injection drug use, particularly the spread of HIV.
Methadone usually is distributed at a particular clinic or treatment facility, keeping the patient in regular contact with the drug rehabilitation system.
Methadone patients also have access to medical care, preventive health services, and social support services on a regular basis.
When given in the proper dosage, methadone results in an even level of functioning, not the highs and lows associated with heroin use.
Pregnant women on methadone have a much better chance to give birth to healthy babies than pregnant women on heroin.
How does it work?
Methadone works in several ways:
The right methadone maintenance dose doesn't make you feel "high" or "drugged," like other opioids do, so you can lead a normal life.
Methadone's gradual, long lasting effects - 24 hours or more - take away the hunger or craving for other opioid drugs.
Methadone is taken by mouth once a day, so you avoid using injection needles with their risks of diseases like hepatitis and HIV.
It helps you to live a healthier and better life, free of illegal drugs.
Many people say that methadone actually makes them feel "normal' for the first time in a long while. But, its not a cure for addiction, and it is used as part of a recovery program that may include counseling, support group meetings, and other help provided by your clinic's staff.
Also, methadone is a treatment only for opioid drug addiction. Using other drugs - like alcohol, cocaine, or marijuana - will defeat your recovery.
Ever since its invention, scientific studies have proved that methadone is just as safe as any other medicine prescribed by doctors. Methadone taken under a doctor's care causes no harm to any of your body organs and does not change your ability to think clearly.
Like any medicine, methadone might cause a reaction. Some, but not all, persons may experience minor side effects like sweating or constipation when they first begin treatment. Over time, these reactions usually disappear or become less bothersome on their own, or they might be eliminated with a small change in the methadone dose.
Is methadone the best treatment available to me? What are my options?
The best drug treatment available to you is the one that works with your lifestyle and everyday responsibilities. Successful treatment demands commitment to which ever program you chose. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment is available. Many treatment services ask for cash before you are accepted into their facility. Health insurance may cover the cost of such treatment.
Briefly, the treatment options are
1. Outpatient counseling (no methadone treatment)
2. Outpatient counseling and methadone treatment.
3. Inpatient detox offered through a local hospital or detox facility.
4. Abstinence programs like Narcotics Anonymous.
An assessment will be conducted by your primary counselor to help determine your treatment needs.
Is methadone treatment confidential?
CompDrug's Confidentiality Policy
Patients enrolled in the service programs of CompDrug are protected by the federal confidentiality laws. Complete information regarding confedentiality may be found by following the link below to CompDrug's Privacy Notice.
We invite and encourage you to call us at (614) 224-4506 for further information regarding the Methadone Treatment Program.