Methadone Addiction Treatment That Actually Works

Since we began treating substance abuse and addiction more than 10 years ago, our goal has been to help people with substance abuse and addiction through a comprehensive treatment program that treats the whole person for a lifetime.

Through our inpatient, outpatient, and even virtual addiction treatment programs, we offer an approach rooted in science- and evidence-based therapies designed and administered by board-certified addiction psychiatrists and physicians. That’s why our program is effective in 84% of patients, while 12-step programs only work for half, at best.

Call today and get help. Our methadone addiction experts are here for you.

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Treatment options for methadone addiction

Methadone is difficult to quit, which is why most users need the help of a comprehensive inpatient rehab program to finally get clean.

Inpatient treatment for methadone addiction needs to start with supervised medical detox (or withdrawal stabilization) administered by board-certified medical professionals who can monitor a patient’s health and prescribe anti-addiction medications such as Suboxone to reduce methadone withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings for the drug.

Drug detox alone is not a cure for opioid addiction. It’s a first step that allows patients to stabilize and fully participate in a long-term program of behavioral therapy and psychological treatment.

Research shows that this combination of treatments is the best way to restore a degree of normal function to the brain. It also helps patients address any underlying issues that led them to use in the first place so they can regain a stable and productive life.

Effective therapies and treatments for opioid addiction can be administered in an inpatient or outpatient setting after withdrawal stabilization, and may include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Wellness, nutritional and stress management treatment services

A range of treatment options based on you

Each person’s path to addiction is unique with different neurological, emotional, social and environmental contributing factors. That’s why the Enterhealth journey to recovery is personalized to meet individuals and families where they are. Whether you need immersive inpatient care or outpatient treatment, we offer a range of evidence-based treatment options and innovative therapies. Enterhealth is the only facility with highly trained on-site addiction specialists, including PhDs, MDs and Master’s Level Therapists, who coordinate care at every stage. Because we understand the science behind addiction, we are best equipped to assess and treat individuals and families. Contact us to see why we’re the only facility with an 84% success rate.

Inpatient

Healing In Van Alstyne, Texas

Unlike traditional facilities that focus only on counseling and the one-size-fits-all 12-step model, Enterhealth Ranch embraces the latest National Institutes of Health research to take a medical approach to treat drug and alcohol addiction as a brain disease. Under the direction of the Enterhealth Brain Healing Institute, Enterhealth Ranch offers highly personalized, inpatient drug and alcohol rehab that’s on your side, not on the clock. Our attentive, personalized treatment is provided in a unique, peaceful ranch setting – the ideal environment to promote health and healing – designed to provide an unmatched level of privacy, exclusivity and comfort. Treating our patients with dignity and respect, we provide every patient with a private room, top-notch amenities, and 24/7 access to addiction trained specialists who deliver evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care.

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Outpatient

Nearby care at our Dallas Facility

Enterhealth is here to help, and we can meet you in the middle. Regardless of insurance or your current financial situation, our experts in mental health and substance use disorders can help you decide the best course of action for you and your family. At our Outpatient Center of Excellence, our master’s-level therapists, physicians and telehealth professionals can assess your situation and suggest practical and proven methods to treat everything from anxiety and depression to co-occurring substance use disorders. Whether in person at our outpatient facility or in the convenience of your home through an online virtual session, rest assured Enterhealth can help you take the first step toward lasting recovery with our comprehensive assessment.

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Virtual

Get the care you need from where you are

It goes without saying that the world, post-pandemic, has changed drastically - but Enterhealth's deep level of critical, professional, science-based treatment hasn't. You can now access the same level of dedication and care from our staff of board-certified clinicians virtually from your device that you can from our Residential and Outpatient facilities. Contact us today to find out how you or someone you love can start out on the path to recovery.

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Alumni

Keeping you connected to your recovery

Recovery from substance use disorder dramatically improves with the support of family and friends, especially from those who are on the same path. The Enterhealth Alumni Association offers a unique opportunity for our patients to continue and thrive in recovery by building relationships through shared experiences. Although Enterhealth supports the Alumni Association, it is primarily led by former patients who genuinely understand recovery’s peaked and valleyed terrain and can provide opportunities to stay in touch, enjoy good company, and support each other through the good and challenging times. Being part of the Enterhealth Alumni Association allows participants to rebuild their senses of identity, gain insight and support on transitioning to home life, and learn from others who have been there and can truly shed light on what it takes to succeed in recovery.

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Inpatient

Healing In Van Alstyne, Texas

Unlike traditional facilities that focus only on counseling and the one-size-fits-all 12-step model, Enterhealth Ranch embraces the latest National Institutes of Health research to take a medical approach to treat drug and alcohol addiction as a brain disease. Under the direction of the Enterhealth Brain Healing Institute, Enterhealth Ranch offers highly personalized, inpatient drug and alcohol rehab that’s on your side, not on the clock. Our attentive, personalized treatment is provided in a unique, peaceful ranch setting – the ideal environment to promote health and healing – designed to provide an unmatched level of privacy, exclusivity and comfort. Treating our patients with dignity and respect, we provide every patient with a private room, top-notch amenities, and 24/7 access to addiction trained specialists who deliver evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care.

Learn More
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Outpatient

Nearby care at our Dallas Facility

Enterhealth is here to help, and we can meet you in the middle. Regardless of insurance or your current financial situation, our experts in mental health and substance use disorders can help you decide the best course of action for you and your family. At our Outpatient Center of Excellence, our master’s-level therapists, physicians and telehealth professionals can assess your situation and suggest practical and proven methods to treat everything from anxiety and depression to co-occurring substance use disorders. Whether in person at our outpatient facility or in the convenience of your home through an online virtual session, rest assured Enterhealth can help you take the first step toward lasting recovery with our comprehensive assessment.

Learn More
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Virtual

Get the care you need from where you are

It goes without saying that the world, post-pandemic, has changed drastically - but Enterhealth's deep level of critical, professional, science-based treatment hasn't. You can now access the same level of dedication and care from our staff of board-certified clinicians virtually from your device that you can from our Residential and Outpatient facilities. Contact us today to find out how you or someone you love can start out on the path to recovery.

Learn More
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Alumni

Keeping you connected to your recovery

Recovery from substance use disorder dramatically improves with the support of family and friends, especially from those who are on the same path. The Enterhealth Alumni Association offers a unique opportunity for our patients to continue and thrive in recovery by building relationships through shared experiences. Although Enterhealth supports the Alumni Association, it is primarily led by former patients who genuinely understand recovery’s peaked and valleyed terrain and can provide opportunities to stay in touch, enjoy good company, and support each other through the good and challenging times. Being part of the Enterhealth Alumni Association allows participants to rebuild their senses of identity, gain insight and support on transitioning to home life, and learn from others who have been there and can truly shed light on what it takes to succeed in recovery.

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How Enterhealth has made a difference

 

“FPO – When I first arrived here, I truly believed I would never be able to function without drugs or alcohol, nor be happy in general ever again. My family did not know how to help me. After being here, I’m a happier person. Laughter comes naturally. I’m repairing relationships I thought were irreparable.”

Hanna (former Enterhealth patient)

Frequently Asked Questions about Methadone Addiction

Methadone (brand names include Dolophine, Diskets, Methadose) is a painkiller that was developed in Germany during the late 1930s, but it gained popularity and is better known today as a treatment for addiction to other opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine.

Methadone is a man-made synthetic compound that binds to opioid receptors in the brain. Because it has a particularly long metabolic life, methadone can activate opioid receptors for a long time per dose, giving it a lower potential for addiction than short-acting opioids and leading to its use as a treatment for opioid addiction. However, it can still be abused and lead to addiction.

Even when taken correctly, methadone may cause side effects such as:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Skin rash
  • Itching
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Mood changes such as anxiety and fear

Methadone use crosses the line into abuse and addiction (referred to clinically as opioid use disorder) whenever it is misused for the high produced by the drug instead of pain relief or addiction treatment.

As users consume more of the drug over time, the body becomes physically dependent, meaning they need to consume more of the drug to get the desired effects and prevent the intense, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that occur when the drug is not in their system.

Physical dependence often leads to psychological addiction as well, leading to anxiety, cravings, and other effects when not taking the medication.

Methadone addiction behaviors include:

  • Taking more than the prescribed dosage
  • “Doctor shopping” for multiple prescriptions
  • Tampering with methadone before taking it
  • Taking methadone in any way other than orally

Because methadone users often start with other drugs like heroin or oxycodone, they often return to their drug of choice if they can’t obtain the medication.

Even though methadone has a lower potential for addiction than other opioids, those who are physically dependent will experience opioid withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking the drug. Due to the fact that it has a longer metabolism, these symptoms may not set in for 1-3 days after discontinuing use.

Opioid withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Restlessness
  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Tearing eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Chills
  • Muscle and back aches
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability, anxiety
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heartbeat or breathing

These problems vary in severity and duration depending on the specific methadone dose taken and duration of use.

Like other opioid drugs, methadone detox, also known as withdrawal stabilization, involves tapering a patient’s dose slowly over time to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Other long-acting opioids such as Suboxone may be substituted, as they offer other potential benefits.

Patients usually experience the most discomfort during the first 1-3 days of the opioid withdrawal phase, so a combination of mild sedatives and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen is frequently combined with the longer-acting opioid to help make the patient more comfortable during this time.

Medications to treat opioid addiction such as Suboxone (buprenorphine with naloxone) work through the same opioid receptors in the brain that methadone affects without producing a euphoric high, making them safer and less likely to result in addiction.

As a result, these medications can reduce cravings and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, allowing patients to actively participate in treatment while the dose is slowly tapered down.

Usually after three days of Suboxone management, withdrawal symptoms and opioid cravings are minimized enough for patients to participate fully in a treatment program.

Due to the strength of a single dose and the fact that the body metabolizes it so slowly, methadone can easily build up in a person’s system, increasing the risk of overdose.

That’s why doses need to be tailored to specific patients to avoid causing adverse reactions. Taking too much methadone or incorrectly spacing out doses can result in a life-threatening overdose.

Methadone overdose symptoms include:

  • Slowed or shallow breathing
  • Extreme drowsiness leading to coma
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Death

These symptoms can be deadly if not treated immediately.

Yes. Methadone is classified by the DEA as a Schedule II controlled substance for its highly addictive properties, so possessing, sharing, giving away or selling methadone without a prescription is against the law.

*State standard is 1:10 clinical staff to patient ratio

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