What is the best methadone detox?

Millions of people use heroin each year, and about a quarter of them will eventually become addicted to it. They need assistance to stop using. As it turns out, medication may be one of the best ways. Methadone detox is an effective means of detoxification that allows patients to avoid withdrawal symptoms while they work on minimizing the effects of their addiction.

Why Methadone?

When some people consider the idea of taking methadone detox to decrease their dependence on an illicit drug, they wonder if they are just exchanging one addictive drug for another. While this may be true for some drugs, it is not the case for methadone. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that heroin users have a particularly difficult time breaking free of heroin addiction because the use of the drug provides a very quick and brief high. Before they realize it, they are on their way back down again and the cravings for more heroin begin.

Methadone Detox

Methadone detox stops this cycle in its tracks. First, methadone is a synthetic opioid agonist, which means that people who use it get the full sense of the opioid. However, methadone detox has a few more things going for it. First, it dulls the cravings that people feel when they start to get withdrawal from heroin. Second, it makes using illicit drugs ineffective. So if you take methadone and then shoot heroin, you will not feel quite the same effect from the heroin. The result is that the heroin is less appealing and easier for you to avoid using it.

Painless Detox From Heroin

The point of methadone is to increase the success of a methadone detox from heroin, according to NIDA. People consider it a so-called “painless detox,” because patients who take methadone to stop using heroin are less likely to suffer the terrible withdrawal effects, including:

  • pain
  • insomnia
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting

People are more likely to continue with therapy and work to avoid taking heroin again if they are not desperate with cravings for it.

If you want more information about painless methadone detox and whether or not it is right for you, you should ask your doctor for advice and a referral to a nearby rehab center that offers methadone detox services. A better life is just a few months away, if you have the courage to take the first step.

Free Weekly Newsletter
Please check your email to confirm sign up. Thank you!

Visions offers top-of-the-line treatment for 13 to 18 year old addicts, with alumni that includes Elizabeth Brockovich—daughter of Erin Brockovich—who found treatment in Vision's outpatient, day school, sober living and their Launch program.

Rating: 5 stars
Malibu and Los Angeles
$40,000/30 days (45 day minimum)

This SoCal program fosters a regimented but respectful recovery environment, where teens learn how to live sober through plenty of 12-step meetings and life-skills classes—not to mention "equine-assisted psychotherapy" and mixed martial arts.

Rating: 5 stars
Newport Beach, Calif.

At Sober College, young people learn life skills and can take accredited college courses while going through treatment for addiction.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Woodland Hills, CA
$15,000 - $25,000 per month;

This San Diego luxury rehab provides customized treatment by highly qualified staff and, according to one alum, “Sets the gold standard for all other treatment centers.”

Rating: 5 stars
San Diego, CA
$60,000 for 30 days, additional $10,000 for a private room

This 12-step based non-profit Tennessee facility for men offers meetings, groups and camaraderie.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Burns, TN
30-day program: $6500; LTR Program / Extended Care: $5500 (monthly); step-down program (outpatient): $1500

This Austin, Texas rehab provides substance abuse and mental health services as an outpatient programs. It is universally beloved by its clients and alumni for the therapy provided to the individual and the support freely given by a caring staff.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Austin, TX

If you are looking for a loving and nurturing outpatient program which still emphasizes accountability, this may be the place for you. Almost unanimously, clients credit this Lakewood, Colorado program with improving their lives in significant ways.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Lakewood, CO
$30-$50 per group; $50-$75 per one-on-one session.

The Sanctuary Byron Bay combines a completely individualized holistic approach with unrivaled luxury. If you want excellent treatment combined with true privacy and every possible amenity, including your own 24-hour carer, this is the place for you.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Byron Bay, Australia

DARA is as lush and exotic as you might expect. Their program includes airport pick-up, a full medical exam at a nearby private hospital and luxury amenities—all at surprisingly affordable prices.

Rating: 4 stars
Koh Chang, Thailand
$6,995 for 4 weeks.

Highly rated by their teen clients and their families, Paradigm Malibu offers programs for a really wide range of adolescent disorders including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Malibu, CA
$49,000 flat rate