List of all Methadone Detox in Pennsylvania

Here is a list of the different detox centers and treatment for Methadone addiction in Pennsylvania. The list can be incomplete, so please do not hesitate to contact a treatment specialist at 1-800-304-2219.

Methadone is a synthetic drug and belongs to a class of opioids that are prescribed to treat opiate addiction or manage pain. Methadone works on the same pain receptors as other opioids, and it reduces how much pain you feel. The drug is used to replace another opioid drug such as heroin; however, long-term use does lead to dependence and tolerance. When someone is dependent on methadone, they experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Within the United States, methadone is federally designated as a Schedule II drug, which means it is used medically but also has a high potential for abuse and addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, methadone is responsible for one in three prescription pain medication deaths that occurred in 2009.

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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Also, about 5,000 people die every year of overdose-related to methadone and six times as many people died of methadone overdoses in 2009 than a decade before. According to a report, Drug-Related Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania, 2018, in 2018, there were 4,491 drug-related overdose deaths reported by the state coroners and medical examiners. When compared to 2017, this was an 18% decrease. In 2018 about twelve people died of a drug-related overdose each day. The drug-related overdose death rate that year was 35 per 100,000 people. However, the overdose rate decreased in 31 counties, but increased in 23 and remained unchanged in three counties. Opioids and illicit or prescription pain medication were reported in 82% of all the drug-related overdose deaths in the state in 2018.

Unfortunately, many opiate addicts choose methadone as a means of treating their opiate addiction. However, methadone is not meant for long-term use, and the sustained use of methadone does cause tolerance and dependence. Withdrawal management is essential, and Pennsylvania methadone detox programs will help mitigate withdrawal symptoms. Other detox options are medication-assisted treatment, which is effective when done with behavioral counseling. Methadone is a dangerous drug, and despite heavy regulation within the United States, addicts still manage to find ways to obtain the drug illegally. Methadone can be abused like any other opiate, whether prescribed or illegal.

How fast can you become addicted to Methadone?

Methadone addiction is a relatively fast process as the abuse of the drug leads to tolerance for it. The addiction has undesirable side effects, which makes the withdrawal process a challenge for the abuser.

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on June 24, 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 June 24, 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.