Some people want to detox in the privacy of their own homes, but the client’s safety and well-being are top priorities during the withdrawal process. Detox is always best overseen by medical professionals. When experiencing withdrawal symptoms, you are at increased risk of returning to opioid use to lessen your pain and discomfort.
If you undergo detox in a safe, supervised environment, a care team can help you manage your symptoms and ensure you do not have access to opioids. Going through methadone detox at a treatment center can also provide clients with the motivation and support they need from staff and others going through the same process
Regardless of how you became addicted to methadone, slowly reducing your dosage or tapering with a detox center is the safest way to quit. Tapering can aid in preventing severe withdrawal symptoms and decrease the risk of potential medical problems. Additional tips for overcoming a methadone addiction include:
- Set a quit date: It may be helpful to set your quitting date as a meaningful event, like a birthday or anniversary.
- Change your environment: Removing any reminders of your methadone addiction from your home or workspace can make it easier to move past it.
- Find productive distractions: Develop alternative activities you can do instead of using, such as going on a walk or talking to a family member.
- Review your past attempts: If you have tried to quit before, think about what happened and what went wrong to make the correct changes.
- Create a support group: Creating a support network of friends, family or an addiction center’s team members will give you access to encouragement and support at any time to help you end your addiction.