District Of Columbia Methadone Detox

Last updated: 12 August 2022

Methadone is a powerful drug that is commonly used to treat opioid dependence. Unfortunately, it can lead to dependency, so it is not uncommon to seek methadone rehab in District of Columbia. Coming off methadone is a long process and requires medical oversite, so a medical detox is recommended. Addicted.org has a list of detox for methadone in District of Columbia, but always call a center to ensure they can deliver a methadone detox.


Anyone dependent on methadone in Washington DC can access withdrawal management and or medication-assisted treatment. These detox programs are excellent solutions to help patients mitigate the withdrawal pain and discomfort. There are private and publicly funded detox programs, and methadone use requires medically supervised detox. The withdrawal process is not easy to manage, especially with high doses of methadone. Withdrawal management is the first step before counseling or therapy. Whether the methadone problem was due to recreational use or a prescription, treatment is necessary to address the underlying issues.

Methadone: Information, Statistics, & Solutions

TIPS: If you feel you're going to use

  • Call your sponsor or a friend who doesn't use it and understands your situation.
  • Extrovert your attention. Walking and spending time outside can be very therapeutic. 
  • Find a hobby or activity to take your mind off of using. (i.e., art, music, cooking, gardening)
  • Find a purpose in your life and pursue it. (i.e., school, career, volunteering)
  • Recognize the people in your environment who affect you emotionally. They could be one of the reasons for your emotional problems.
  • Make sure to eat healthy foods. A deficiency in vitamins and minerals can create a drop in mental and physical energy.

TIPS: If you want to help someone

  • Don't enable the addict. This includes not giving him any money, not paying their rent, etc.
  • Encourage the person to seek help. This can be done by finding a treatment or a form of support.
  • Be aware of signs of overdose. If you see one of your friends blacking out, or showing other severe side effects, get help immediately.
  • Support the person while they look for rehab since the process can be overwhelming.
  • Don't wait for rock bottom; it may be too late.

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According to the Centers for Disease, Control methadone accounted for approximately one percent of all opioids prescribed for pain within the nation. However, methadone also contributed to 23% of all prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Long-term methadone use or excessive methadone use causes slow and shallow breathing and dangerous changes in the heartbeat. Between 2007 and 2014, there was a significant decline in methadone related overdose deaths. Prescriptions for methadone accounted for 0.85% of all opioid prescriptions for pain among commercially insured Americans and 1.1% of the Medicaid population. Between 1999 and 2014, the overall prescription opioid overdose death rate, which involved natural, semisynthetic opioids, and methadone increased by 300%. During that same time, the rate of methadone overdose death increased by 600% and then declined in 2014.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2017, there were 244 overdose deaths involving opioids in Washington DC. The average rate of overdose death at that time was 34.7 deaths per 100,000 persons, which was over twice the national average. During this time in DC, it was the third-highest rate in the country. The most significant increase in overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. In 2014 there were 13 deaths due to fentanyl, and then it increased to 182 deaths in 2017. During that same time, heroin involved deaths tripled from 37 to 127 deaths, and prescription opioid-involved deaths doubled from 23 to 58 cases. Also, during 2017 Washington DC providers wrote 28.5 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons, which was lower than the national average.

What's Next?

After completing a methadone detox and/or rehab in District of Columbia, it is vital to arrange aftercare support. No one form of recovery support is the same for each person. Sober coaches, group meetings, outpatient programs, or sober living homes in District of Columbia all offer excellent recovery opportunities to consider. The goal is to maintain life-long sobriety.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on August 12, 2022

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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.

Michael Leach, CCMA

Michael Leach, CCMA

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on August 12, 2022

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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.