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Methadone Clinics – Maintenance or Trap?
More than a quarter of a million Americans are enrolled in methadone clinics, where they participate in “methadone replacement” or “methadone maintenance” to treat narcotic addictions to heroin or morphine, or prescription painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, OxyContin or Vicodin.
Unfortunately, many people on methadone programs can reach such high dosages that, when they want to get clean for good, they have difficulty finding a methadone detox facility that will accept anyone taking more than 80 or 100 mg a day. Also, many other people want off methadone but are discouraged by the extreme discomfort and added time of withdrawing from methadone.
In other words, many people feel “trapped” by methadone replacement programs.
Fortunately, Novus can help almost anyone dependent on methadone — including high-dose methadone dependence.
Here’s what one patient had to say:
“I was taking 300 — 600mg of methadone daily. Up to 1200 at times along with 10 — 20 mg of Xanax when I entered Novus. All hope was gone, no detox would take me. 14 days after, I leave here drug free and miraculously, my detox was 99% pain free. I leave with hope and full support of my family. Words cannot describe the miracles that I have gone through and witnessed during my stay.”
How Methadone Clinics Trap Millions of Addicts
Methadone clinics do not address the real physiological and other causes of addiction to opioids and opiates.
Instead of drug detox and drug rehab programs, which actually qualify as treatments, methadone clinics use the heroin-like prescription narcotic painkiller methadone to “treat” addictions to narcotics, switching patients from the original narcotic addiction to another narcotic, methadone.
The theory is that, because you only need one hit of methadone a day, you are freed from the constant need to find numerous hits of other narcotics such as heroin all day long. Although you’re still a narcotic addict, you may be able to get back to work or be with your family again.
The bad news is that methadone is much more difficult to withdraw from than most of the narcotics it claims to be “treating.” And the longer you take methadone, the more methadone you need, so the worse withdrawal becomes.
The end result is the well-known “methadone prison” which can last for decades, or until the methadone addict wanting to detox can find a methadone detox facility, such as Novus, that accepts high-dose addictions.
People Can Escape the Methadone Prison and Take Off Their “Liquid Handcuffs.” We See It Every Day At Novus.
At Novus Detox, we successfully treat methadone addictions on a regular basis. We believe that methadone clinic “treatment” is a prison where addicts are not confined by walls, but by their dependence on methadone, to get through each day.
Few methadone clinics will tell you it will be almost impossible to withdraw from methadone on your own.
Life of a Methadone User
Here are some comments from former Novus Medical Detox Center patients now free of methadone, describing how methadone addiction and the methadone clinics imprisoned them:
- You get up early to drive or take a bus to the methadone clinic—life can’t continue without it
- The clinic is often in a rundown or even dangerous neighborhood
- You stand in line with strangers—some who wear business suits and others who haven’t bathed in weeks
- When friends ask you to go away for a weekend or a cruise, you have to make up excuses about why you can’t leave town
- You can never take off for a few days with your kids to go camping or to amusement parks in another city
- As time goes by, you have less and less energy
- The face in your mirror soon looks much older than it should
- You worry because your libido is decreasing at an alarming rate, and nothing seems to help
- You don’t get high on methadone, you just hope you don’t get sick
- But sometimes you do get sick, even while taking methadone.
- To read more about why you have to get off methadone, read The Methadone Prison.
Being chained to the nearest methadone clinic is far from the only drawback of these clinics. Some research indicates that methadone clinics are possibly contributing to the alarming rise in methadone-related deaths—a 300 percent increase since 2000, substantially more than the simple increase in methadone prescriptions.
How Government, The Public And The Media Justify Methadone Clinics
As you read through these points, keep this in mind:
Anyone addicted to methadone is still a drug addict, and if properly treated could very likely recover to a life completely free of drugs.
These are some of the justifications used for the existence of methadone clinics:
- Methadone reduces the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal from heroin and other opioids. That’s a no-brainer—of course it does. Methadone is a narcotic every bit as addictive as heroin or morphine, so of course, addicts find it easier to stop taking illegal opioids when taking methadone.
- At higher dosages, methadone blocks the euphoric effect of heroin and other opioids, encouraging opioid addicts to stay off the illegal drugs. Another no-brainer—but the heroin addict is now a methadone addict whose life is still enslaved by drugs.
- Methadone is very (repeat, very) inexpensive compared to heroin, morphine and other narcotics. The government, which pays most bills for most methadone clinics, really likes this point. Taxpayers, on the other hand, would rather see drug addicts completely off drugs for good—the tax dollars used for a cure, not supporting a lifetime of drug addiction.
- The presence of methadone clinics is said by their proponents to reduce local drug-related crime and illnesses from sharing needles. In some locations, crime increased, and one of the best-selling street drugs has become clinic-supplied methadone.
- Where methadone maintenance programs are a tax-supported social service, the state trades off the cost of the methadone and the clinic against the perceived higher costs of drug-related crime and justice actions. Studies have shown that paying to cure addicts now would save countless billions of tax dollars in the long run.
- “Addiction experts” have everyone convinced that opioid addiction is an “incurable chronic relapsing condition”—there is no cure for addiction. This attitude flies in the face of thousands of people becoming free of narcotic addictions every year.
- Methadone manufacturers, distributors and methadone clinics — whether tax supported or private—are part of a world-wide billion-dollar methadone clinic industry located in every city and town.
Why Methadone Clinics Do Not Offer A Real Solution
Everyone involved in the existence of methadone clinics shares the same opportunity to review the evidence—narcotic addictions can be cured. But they continue to ignore it, instead plowing millions of people into a lifetime of state-sanctioned addictions. Essentially, the addict is switched from one narcotic addiction to another—methadone. Here are a few of the reasons that methadone clinics do not offer narcotic addicts, their families, or society at large, any kind of workable, acceptable solution to narcotic addiction:
- The proponents of methadone clinics rarely mention the fact that opioid addictions can be cured, and that methadone clinics are just prolonging the agony of addiction.
- Methadone clinics trade on the erroneous perception that methadone detox is too difficult for addicts to endure, that drug rehab is hit-and-miss and real recovery is unlikely or even impossible.
- Supporters don’t mention how methadone worsens addiction—methadone is the most difficult of all narcotics to withdraw from, and the longer you take it, the worse it gets.
- Methadone clinics also don’t tell you that methadone is more dangerous than all other prescription narcotic painkillers, actually threatening patients’ lives. Unlike heroin or morphine, you don’t have to be addicted to methadone to die from it—the very first dose can kill you.
- Methadone research and hundreds of deaths prove that methadone affects heart rhythm among a predictable percentage of people, which can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death.
- Special-interest lobby groups continue to push the line that narcotic addictions are too difficult to try to cure, or in fact are impossible to cure. Political representatives, and even the medical profession, have bought into this.
- Thousands of “for profit” methadone clinics—and the pharmaceutical drug makers—owe their existence to making sure there are lots and lots of addicts. Curing addiction is not profitable.
Most methadone clinics offering so-called “methadone replacement therapy” offer nothing therapeutic whatsoever.
Addictions to all the narcotics—heroin, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and the rest—are all curable through modern methadone medical drug detox, followed by the right long-term drug rehab program.
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