Methadone is a semi-synthetic substitute for heroin and other opiates, such as morphine, Oxycontin and other
narcotic pain relievers. Individuals who are addicted to opiates suffer from painful and severe physical withdrawal
symptoms when they are unable to satisfy their addiction. Methadone reduces those withdrawal symptoms for 24-
36 hours, without causing the high associated with drug addiction. In addition to methadone medication, counseling
provides the individual with health, social, and rehabilitative services.
CVRS offers methadone detoxification and methadone maintenance programs.
Maintenance programs are for individuals who do not
wish to have a determined time frame to their
treatment. The stages of treatment are the same as
in the detoxification program; however the time you
spend in each phase is not predetermined. You will
also meet with your counselor regularly throughout
Detoxification programs can range from 90 days -
180 days. The length of your detoxification program
will be determined by yourself, your counselor, and
the Medical Director. There are three stages to a
methadone detoxification program:
1. Titration- During this time your daily amount of
methadone will be slowly increased until you reach
your blocking dose; this amount is different for
2. Stabilization- During this time you will remain at
your blocking dose for a set amount of time to allow
your body to adjust and start producing endorphins on
its own again;
3. Taper- During this time you will slowly reduce your
dose at a predetermined rate until you are no longer
taking methadone. Not all people will be determined
that detoxification is right for them. It is a choice
between the patient, physician and your counselor.
You will meet with a counselor regularly throughout
your detoxification to aid in your rehabilitation.