Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

  • diarrhea
  • nausea, vomiting
  • leg or abdominal cramping
  • body ache or twitching muscles
  • chills or goose flesh
  • body or limb tremor
  • watering eyes, runny nose
  • sweating
  • dilated pupils
  • headache
  • insomnia, restlessness
  • severe fatigue
  • loss of appetite, weight loss
  • depression, anxiety
  • agitation
  • difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly

Methadone has been in use for over 40 years as a primary treatment for opioid addiction. It is a synthetic opioid, taken orally, that binds to opiate receptor sites in the brain and stops the uncomfortable opioid withdrawal symptoms that so often lead to chronic drug relapse.

When taken as prescribed, Methadone is safe and effective. Once stabilized on the appropriate dosage, a person's opioid withdrawal symptoms will end thus providing an individual with relief and the opportunity to refocus their energy and their life on significant goals.

The prescription for methadone is written by SRATS' program physician and administered to clients by a staff nurse. The medication is taken each day, and does not interfere with a person's ability to work or meet other responsibilities.

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