Opioid Maintenance Therapy

Opioid Maintenance Therapy encompasses a variety of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities, including the therapeutic use of methadone to psychopharmacologically occupy opiate receptors in the brain.

When methadone is taken daily in adequate doses:

–  Opiate euphoria is absent and opiate withdrawal symptoms are eliminated

–  Craving for opiates is effectively diminished.

–  Methadone “blocks” the effects of heroin and other opiate drugs, rendering ineffective attempts to take them to achieve euphoria.

–  The ability to focus on daily life activities and goals is restored.

–  Methadone is metabolized over 24 to 26 hours, about six times longer than heroin or other short-acting opiates.