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.
- 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
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
- 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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