Hawaii Methadone Detoxification Programs and Treatment Rehabs

Created On Thursday, 28, April 2016
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021


Treating methadone addiction involves medication-assisted treatment or a form of withdrawal management. Detox is vital, but detox alone does not sustain long-lasting recovery from drugs and alcohol.

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According to the Hawaii Opioid Initiative, A Statewide Response, between 2012 and 2016, an average of 150 people died from a drug overdose. Compared to 113 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, drug overdoses outpaced this. Most of the overdose deaths in the state were related to prescription medication. Within the state of Hawaii, there are nearly 490,000 dispensed prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone. These drugs are potentially consumed by one-third of the resident population or 34%. However, when compared nationally, the state ranks relatively low, but opioid misuse spread throughout the island. Opioids are one of many drugs that are responsible for destroying families and undermining the quality of life.

Other drugs include alcohol and methamphetamine, which remains the most prevalent drug of misuse among adults in the state. The state of Hawaii has one of the highest rates of incarceration due to methamphetamine-related convictions. Nationally, at the time of this report, the number of opioid pain relievers prescribed in 2015 was enough to keep every American medicated around the clock for three weeks. Nearly half of the overdose deaths in 2015 within the United States involved prescription pain medication. Many opioid addicts turn to methadone as a means of managing addiction. Methadone is also prescribed to treat pain, yet this drug does cause dangerous addiction and dependence.

Methadone is an opioid-like any other opioid but is slower acting, and the effects last longer. However, methadone causes the same euphoric effects, and long-term use leads to tolerance and dependence. According to the CDC, within the United States, methadone attributed to one percent of all pain medication prescribed. Moreover, the drug accounted for approximately 23% of all prescription opioid deaths in 2014.


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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.