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Methadone Treatment Facts

At JEVS Achievement through Counseling and Treatment (ACT), methadone provides the foundation for patients participating in our various services. Methadone is a synthetic opiate that blocks the euphoric effects of heroin and the painful symptoms experienced when withdrawing from it. It is a tightly controlled, highly successful medication dispensed by medical staff to people who wish to terminate their heroin use.

About Methadone Treatment

  • Being in methadone treatment affords patients the opportunities to work toward and overcome some of their most difficult obstacles such as unemployment and inadequate housing.
  • Patients who are parents in methadone treatment work toward developing the skills necessary to reunite their families and establish their roles as nurturing, caring parents.
  • Patients in methadone treatment often find the strength and self esteem to remove themselves from formally abusive situations.
  • Because HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other serious medical conditions often coincide with opiate abuse, patients in treatment are able to access proper medical care and begin their health and well-being.

Benefits

  • A reduction or avoidance of opioid withdrawal symptoms
  • A decrease in opioid cravings
  • Blocking of the effects of illicit opioids
  • Ceasing of a physical need for illicit or otherwise abused opioid substances, so a person can function normally day-to-day

Effectiveness

Research* has demonstrated that methadone maintenance treatment is an effective treatment for heroin and prescription narcotic addiction when measured by:

  • Reduction in the use of illicit drugs
  • Reduction in criminal activity
  • Reduction in needle sharing
  • Reduction in HIV infection rates and transmission
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Reduction in commercial sex work
  • Reduction in the number of reports of multiple sex partners
  • Improvements in social health and productivity
  • Improvements in health conditions
  • Retention in addiction treatment
  • Reduction in suicide
  • Reduction in lethal overdose

*Effectiveness data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

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