“My reward has been the chance to enjoy my family, to find employment, to have good health in my mind and body, and to be in control, for once, of my own happiness. I've learned a lot about myself. I’m friendlier and more helpful to others. I love me now, and I love life!” — Margaret, 41, on methadone 11 years.
For people who are dependent on opioids, methadone has a number of benefits over other opioids. These are:
If you’ve been using opioid drugs such as heroin, OxyContin, codeine, Dilaudid, Percocet and others, and you’ve come to a point where you know you can’t go on using, but you can’t seem to stop either, methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) may be right for you.
“I wish I had kept a diary from just before I started methadone, then every time I am having a difficult time, I could re-read my thoughts and know that I do not want to return to that place.” — Adam, 20, on methadone three months.
“Methadone is not a lifelong hell! And it’s not a ball and chain – unless you make it that way. If you get your shit together and it’s in your fridge, you can go about your life the same as anyone else. You wake up in the morning and you take it, just like you brush your teeth and you drink your coffee.” — Richard, 45, on methadone three years.
Methadone maintenance has the best record in terms of keeping clients in treatment and off opioid drugs for the longest period of time. On the other hand, it does carry some side-effects that may be unpleasant, and it does require a long-term commitment. If you have tried one or more of the other treatment options listed, and you are still using, and you know you want to stop, methadone may be your best choice.