Alaska Methadone Detox Clinics and Rehab Centers

Created On Thursday, 28, April 2016
Modified On Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Methadone detox is a necessary treatment for addicts who are hooked on the drug or have been using the drug for longer than what was required. Methadone can be a very dangerous drug to detox from unless it is in a supervised setting where medical professionals can monitor the process and control the withdrawals. A typical detox period can last from two weeks to a month, and in some cases longer, but this will depend on how much the person is taking, what their health may be like, and if they are using or abusing any other drugs or medications. Methadone detox is typically done in a residential setting, where a patient can remain comfortable and under constant supervision as the withdrawals can potentially be dangerous. Methadone detox centers can be covered by insurance, be a low-cost or no-cost facility, or maybe a private center. It is important that a methadone user who wishes to come off of the drug seek out medical help or detox to assist in the process, as stopping methadone abruptly can be very dangerous.

Opioid Addiction and Methadone Dependency in Alaska

Methadone is an opioid and changes the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. When compared to other opioids, the effects of the drug are slower. Methadone is prescribed to block the high from drugs like codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone. However, it does produce a similar euphoric effect and prevents withdrawal symptoms and cravings, which is why doctors prescribe the drug. However, the danger of methadone is the same as most other opioids. Sustained use of methadone causes dependence and tolerance leading to increasing the dosage. Large doses of methadone are dangerous and require medication-assisted treatment or a form of withdrawal management. Unfortunately, many opioid addicts remain on methadone, and it becomes more challenging to stop using it.

The withdrawal management programs or medication-assisted treatment resources in Alaska will help people who are dependent on methadone. The long-term use of methadone is dangerous and will require medical help to stop taking it properly. It is dangerous to abruptly stop taking methadone because there is a risk of returning to heroin or other opioids. Additionally, the rate of overdose increases if the person chooses to use other opioids to manage the withdrawal symptoms caused by methadone. Withdrawal management in Alaska is a broad category, and various forms of detox fall within it. The detox process mitigates withdrawal symptoms and helps a patient make a smooth transition into treatment.

Per the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the highest number of opioid-related deaths identified in one year was 108 in 2017. Between 2010 and 2017, there were 623 identified opioid overdose deaths, and the rate of death increased by 77% from 7.7 per 100,000 persons in 2010 to 13.6 in 2017. Synthetic opioids, which did not include methadone, caused 37 deaths, or 37% of all opioid overdose deaths and fentanyl contributed to 76% of all deaths. However, progress has been made within the state. Despite an increasing rate of overdoses and hospitalizations, there has been a 36% reduction in the number of people who died from an opioid-related overdose death from 2017 to 2018.


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on November 9, 2021

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.