Detox Clinics and Treatment Centers For Methadone Addiction In Maine

Created On Saturday, 21, December 2013
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021

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Struggling with a methadone dependency requires withdrawal management and or medication-assisted treatment. These are practical and effective treatment solutions initially, which make it easier to transition to outpatient and or inpatient drug treatment. Detox alone does not sustain long-lasting recovery and sobriety, and anyone dependent on or abusing methadone must receive counseling. There are always underlying issues connected to any addiction, which are the reasons why the drug problem began. Various counseling and therapy methodologies are available through the different programs in Maine, and choosing the correct approach is essential.

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According to Substance Abuse Trends in Maine State Epidemiological Profile 2015, the non-medical use of prescription pain medication is more likely among young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 when compared to adults aged 26 and older. Among those aged 18 to 25 years old, roughly 9% reported non-medical use of pain medication between 2011 and 2012. However, when compared to 2009 and 2010, this was a decrease of five percent. The misuse of pain medication among those aged 26 and older was consistent at three percent across all years. Unfortunately, many of the opioid addictions begin with misusing a prescription for pain medication. These problems often lead to polydrug use, which involves abusing more than one drug at one time. For example, the combination of pain medication and alcohol or using methadone and alcohol.

Methadone is a commonly prescribed drug to treat opioid addiction. Additionally, per the CDC, methadone accounted for approximately one percent of all opioids prescribed for pain in the US. However, the drug was responsible for 23% of all prescription opioid deaths in 2014 within the nation. Methadone causes the same euphoric effects as other opioids, but acts slower and is longer lasting. The long-term or sustained use of methadone does lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction. The legal use of methadone has caused addiction and methadone is also misused illegally. Many opiate addicts in Maine rely on methadone and are prescribed the drug to treat their addiction. However, many opiate addicts become dependent on methadone and are unable to stop using it without help.

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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.