Bobby Buonauro Clinic

Methadone Benefits: 

Methadone is a legal medication that is prescribed by a physician and carefully monitored
Methadone is administered orally and reduces the dangers associated with injection drug use
Methadone is typically administered by a treatment clinic that provides ongoing counseling and support
Methadone relieves the craving for opiates that is a major factor in relapse 
Methadone relieves symptoms associated with withdrawal from opiates
Methadone does not cause euphoria or intoxication itself (with stable dosing), thus allowing a person to work and participate normally in society 
Methadone is excreted slowly so it can be taken only once a day 
Methadone blocks the euphoric and sedating effects of opiates
Methadone patients have access to medical and social services that are important for rebuilding health and quality of life.
When given in the proper dosage, methadone eliminates opiate withdrawal symptoms and drug seeking behavior.
As a result of not being sick from withdrawal, individuals are able to refocus on work, family, and other responsibilities.
Methadone (combined with counseling and support) provides a new start and the ability to reclaim one's life.
Methadone is slow acting & provides long lasting relief (24 hours or more).
Methadone causes no harm to tissues or organs and is medically safe when taken responsibly.
Pregnant women in a methadone treatment program have a much higher chance of giving birth to a healthy baby.
Compared with buying illicit drugs, becoming a client in a methadone treatment program is an affordable option.
Many clients report feeling normal after becoming stabilized on methadone.

Potential Risks and Considerations of Methadone:

Like most any opioid pain medication, methadone overdose can occur if the medication is not taken as prescribed
Before taking methadone, it is important to report all medications to your doctor to avoid potential harmful medication interactions
Methadone is utilized as a safe opiate replacement in the treatment of opioid dependency. However, abruptly ceasing methadone will typically elicit uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. These can be avoided by following a gradual taper from the medication while under the supervision of the Bobby Buonauro Clinic
Methadone replacement therapy is typically not short-term. Many clients will remain on methadone for a year or more before becoming ready to taper from the medication. Some clients may remain on methadone for an indefinite period of time.
Individuals receiving methadone should not consume alcohol or mix methadone with illicit drugs. If you are taking benzodiazepines (valium, xanax, ativan, klonopin), be sure to discuss this thoroughly with your methadone prescribing physician due to the increased risk of medication interaction and potential overdose
Keep methadone in a secure location away from children. Accidental ingestion by a child could result in a medical emergency or death