Methadone Addiction and Rehab in Arizona

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Methadone addiction has become a serious problem in Arizona. Fortunately, rehab and other forms of treatment are available to help.

Methadone is a narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a medication used in a Medication Assisted Treatment program to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates. This medication is helpful in helping people during the detox part of their treatment. It is effective when used in combination with counseling and social support. Although this drug is used in the MAT program, there is danger in people becoming addicted to this drug. They need to carefully follow the recommendations and stay under the supervision of their health care provider.

People who have become addicted to methadone can reach out for help with this addiction. There are rehabs in Arizona that can give the needed support and help to people who find themselves in a methadone addiction.

What are the Symptoms of a Methadone Addiction?

Most drugs do have side effects. When taking Methadone some common side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Weight gain
  • Stomach pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore tongue
  • Flushing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Mood changes
  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

There are also more serious side effects in which patients should be taken in to receive medical help such as:

  • Seizures
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Swelling of the eyes, mouth, tongue, or throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Irritation or hallucinations
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Inability to keep an erection
  • Decrease in sexual desire
  • Irregular menstruation

The following are signs and symptoms of methadone addiction:

  • Increased tolerance
  • Presence of withdrawal symptoms
  • Prioritizing methadone over social gatherings and family responsibilities

The following are withdrawal symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Constipation

The Opioid Addiction Problem in Arizona and in the United States

From 2016 to 2017 opioid addiction increased about 30% in 45 states. In the state of Arizona, the government called for a state of emergency on June 5, 2017 when they discovered that there were 790 opioid related deaths.

In 1999, there were 18,000 opioid related deaths. In 2014, there were 28,000 opioid related deaths. In 2015, 33,000 and in 2019, 69, 029 opioid related deaths. There is an epidemic of opioid abuse in our country. It is clearly evident that there is a need for rehab and treatment for opioid addictions. Arizona has excellent rehabs to meet the need of people with opioid addictions.

What Causes Opioid Addiction?

Approximately 26.4 million people in the world abuse this prescription drug. That means people use this drug for the pleasure they feel as they are abusing it. They are not using it as it is prescribed to help with acute pain. Opioids such as methadone are addictive when not used as directed by health professionals. People begin to abuse opioids because they enjoy the feelings of pleasure and the feelings of exhilaration and sense of escape that opioids provide for them. They need help in order to get free of this addiction. They will not be able to stop using on their own will power.

Choosing Methadone Addiction Treatment in AZ

Arizona has many beautiful landscapes including the Grand Canyon. It has a warm climate year round. These are just a few reasons for considering Arizona when looking for a new location to recover from a drug addiction. Arizona has some of the best rehab addiction treatment facilities in the United States. Arizona has a range of options for people to consider when looking for a quality treatment program. Some people require more intensive treatment programs such as inpatient rehabs. Arizona has an abundance of inpatient rehabs with qualified staff to help meet the individual needs of patients. Some people need a lesser intensive program such as an outpatient program with quality counselors and group support opportunities. Arizona rehabs offer personalized care, diverse and well rounded therapy, measurable goals, and adequate support.

Types of Opioid Rehabs and Recovery Facilities in Arizona

The needs of people suffering with opioid addictions vary from person to person. There are many different levels of care for people seeking help in an Arizona rehab facility. Each level of care has qualified programs and qualified staff to help give the support and care needed for people to make a full recovery from their opioid addiction.

Opioid Detox Program

Detoxification is the first step to recovery. It is important for people to seek medical help when trying to come off of an opioid addiction. Withdrawal symptoms can be painful and difficult to get through without the proper support and medication. Medication assisted treatment has proven to be successful in helping people get through their withdrawal symptoms.

It is important to understand that detoxing is the first step to recovery. Detoxing alone is not sufficient in helping a drug addict fully recover from the addiction. Drug addiction has a psychological component that will need individual and group therapy. A licensed therapist will need to work with the patient after the initial detox is completed.

Inpatient Rehab Treatment

Inpatient rehab is necessary for patients who have never undergone treatment before and have been in their addiction for many years. Patients will live in the facility for a period time and receive the support and therapy needed to become free from their addiction. They are able to leave their everyday lives and jobs in order to focus entirely on their recovery. Inpatient Treatment is the highest level of care provided to patients to help them in their journey. It will provide the level of care needed for them to reach sobriety. When they are ready to discharge from the program, they will have a full team ready to continue to support them to ensure they stay on the road to recovery.

People usually stay at an inpatient facility for at least 28 days. Some may need a little longer depending on their drug abuse history or if they are new to recovery. Sometimes people need more time before they are ready to move to the next level in their recovery.

Long-Term Rehab

People who relapse often may benefit greatly by going into a long-rehab facility in Arizona. Patients can stay in long rehab facilities for several months while they receive the support and quality help they need.

Getting sober is hard work which is why it is important that patients are well supported as they move to each level of their recovery. It is estimated that 40 to 60% of addicts relapse within the first year of their recovery. Long term rehab offers that support to patients in high risk of relapsing. Danger signs include the following:

  • Elevated stress- everyone has stress but for a recovering addict it can lead to using again. Look out for mood swings along with the stress.
  • Increased fear can lead to relapse.
  • Pulling away from their support system.
  • Withdrawal symptoms return.
  • Interacting with people who use drugs.

The stages of relapsing are emotional, mental, and physical. During the emotional stage, patients are not going to their support meetings and practicing self care that will help them stay sober. During the mental stage, patients are having thoughts of using again. They are meditating on those thoughts more than they want to admit. During the physical stage, they use and this either causes them to reach out for support or it reignites their addiction problem.

To prevent relapse it is important that people recovering from addiction participate in the following:

  • Practice self care such as good nutrition, getting enough sleep, staying on a schedule.
  • Finding your purpose- having a steady job can give you that purpose.
  • Practicing stress relief with exercise and mediation.
  • Regularly attend support group meetings.

Outpatient Programs

Outpatient programs give support to people who do not need the highest level of care but still need support and help. There are different types of outpatient programs in Arizona such as:

  • Partial Hospitalization Programs– offer day treatment to help people with opioid addiction. Patients will participate in therapeutic activities, group support therapy, MAT as needed, and individual counseling.
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs–  patients participate in individual sessions based on their needs and goals. They meet 3 to 5 times a week for individual and group therapy and activities that help and support them in their journey. They are able to remain in their jobs and everyday lives and still receive the much needed support.
  • Sober living homes are for people in need of residential homes. Their living situation is not conducive to maintaining their recovery so a sober living home will help them remain in their recovery after they complete rehab. These homes do not provide in house therapy. Each resident is required to attend individual treatment based on their needs and goals. They are expected to pay rent and comply with household rules. They are also expected to complete chores to help maintain the care of the home.
  • 12 Step Meetings and SMART Recovery- offer peer support and support by a sponsor who has achieved sobriety for a number of years. This program does not provide professional support. It does provide support by other people with similar addictions but are in recovery. Many of them have been sober for many years. The twelve steps that participants work through are:
    1. Admit that we are powerless over alcohol-our lives have become unmanageable.
    2. Came to believe that a power higher than us can restore us to sanity.
    3. Made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
    4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    5. Admitted to God, ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    6. Entirely ready to have God remove our defective character traits.
    7. Humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings.
    8. Made a list of all the people we have harmed and ready to make amends.
    9. Made direct amends to people we have harmed except for when it would have been harmful to do so.
    10.  Continue to take inventory of our wrongs and be quick to admit it.
    11. Sought through prayer and meditation conscious contact with God as we understood Him.
    12. Having a spiritual awakening we try to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.

Get Help in Arizona For Methadone Addiction

Here at SpringBoard Recovery we care about you. We are here to provide you with the personal and individual care you need in order to fully recover from your addiction and get on the right path to living a sober life. We have a qualified team of experts ready to help you take your first step to sobriety.  You will work with your team to make decisions each step of the way to your full recovery.

During your intake process, you will complete assessments and will have a complete medical examination to help determine your needs and what your goals need to be in order to progress toward living a life free from your addiction. You are not alone. You will not have to travel this journey alone. We are here to provide the support system you need. You will participate in the detoxification process as your first step. This will provide you with the support and medication you may need to make your withdrawal symptoms more manageable. From there you will enter a rehab program based on your needs. You will participate in individual therapy. You will learn better ways to cope with stress and how to manage your emotions in a healthier way. You will also participate in group therapy. During the group, you will meet people who struggle with the same issues that you struggle with. You will gain the support of a group of people seeking sobriety just like you. Please do not wait to contact us. We are here to help you with admissions and the intake process.


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