Methadone is a synthetic opioid that blocks the effects of heroin and prescription drugs containing opiates. Used successfully for more than 40 years, methadone has been shown to successfully assist in recovering from opiate addiction.
by "occupying" the brain receptor sites affected by heroin and other
opiates. The benefits of methadone treatment include:
• blocking of the euphoric and sedating effects
• relieving the craving for opiates that
is a major factor in relapse
• relieving symptoms associated with withdrawal
• does not cause euphoria or intoxication
itself (with stable dosing), thus allowing a person to work and participate
normally in society
• is excreted slowly so it can be taken only once
Methadone maintenance treatment, a program in which
addicted individuals receive daily doses of methadone, was initially
developed during the 1960s as part of a broad, multicomponent treatment
program that also emphasized resocialization and vocational training.