South Dakota Methadone Detoxification & Rehab Centers

Created On Tuesday, 24, November 2015
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021


Methadone detox are facilities where methadone users can go through controlled withdrawals and get off of the methadone they are using. A detox can be a difficult process as the withdrawal symptoms cause some severe physical pain and discomfort. This pain and discomfort are handled in many different ways, but a methadone detox center will help a user become completely drug free from methadone. When this process is complete, an addict should seek out a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in South Dakota. Within the many different counties throughout the state, addicts can attend different drug and alcohol rehab programs, they will handle the physical and mental aspects of their addiction and substance abuse problems. Methadone is not meant as a long-term solution, and users should look forward to make arrangements to get off of the drug, whether it is done through a wean down program set up by the prescribing doctor, or they attend a methadone detox.

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Methadone Dependence and Opiate Addiction in South Dakota

Methadone is a synthetic opioid used to treat opiate addiction, and it is also prescribed to treat pain. Methadone works on the same pain receptors in the body as any other pain medication. The drug is prescribed to replace another opioid drug that the person is addicted to, such as heroin. Within the United States, methadone is federally designated schedule II, which means it is used medically, but also has a high risk for addiction and abuse. Some of the common side effects of methadone are constipation, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. More severe side effects include respiratory depression, leading to an overdose. The sustained and long-term use of methadone does cause tolerance, dependence, and addiction. The resulting withdrawal symptoms are painful and dangerous to go through without proper medical detox. South Dakota methadone detoxification programs are practical solutions to help methadone addicts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, methadone contributed to one in three prescription pain medication deaths in 2009. Also, about 5,000 people die every year of overdoses related to methadone. Moreover, six times as many people died of a methadone overdose in 2009 than a decade before. Serious side effects from methadone include chest pain, feeling faint, shallow breathing, confusion, and dizziness. According to a 2016 issue of South Dakota Medicine, Special Edition, within the state, alcohol use and methamphetamine addiction are prevalent in most communities. Also, the misuse and abuse of heroin and prescription pain medication are also widespread. In 2015 the top five dispensed controlled substances were hydrocodone/acetaminophen, tramadol, zolpidem, lorazepam, and clonazepam.

Many opiate addicts turn to methadone as a means of treating their addiction. Unfortunately, the long-term use of methadone leads to dangerous addiction and dependence. Medication-assisted treatment or medically supervised detox is a practical solution to help people dependent on methadone. However, detox alone does not sustain long-lasting recovery. Following any form of detox, the drug user must attend inpatient or outpatient treatment. The counseling process is vital to address the underlying issues connected to the addiction. Every addict has problems within their lives that have been the reason they began using drugs. Methadone treatment has been a temporary fix for many addicts but has also created more challenging health issues and addiction to treat.


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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.