Methadone withdrawal and detox has historically been known to be extraordinarily difficult and uncomfortable, even with medical treatment. In patients who have tried to come off of methadone, the Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) can be unreasonably long and difficult, lasting up to 6-12 months or even more sometimes. Most detox facilities will not even attempt to detox someone off of Methadone, or will do a poor job of it. Dr. Rodriguez has developed specialized procedures for Methadone detox, including the use of Buprenorphine (Subutex/ Suboxone) and Naltrexone (ReVia, Vivitrol) that are exceptionally effective.
The use of procedures greatly reduces the amount of time needed to come off of methadone, as well as virtually eliminating the PAWS phase that would normally follow. Under the care of Dr. Rodriguez, patients have been detoxed off of amounts exceeding 300mg of Methadone a day, sometimes even from IV usage. Most patients would miss only 2-3 days from work due to the speed of the process. Outpatient Methadone detox at DCAM costs much less than what an inpatient detox would cost, with additional savings coming from decreased opportunity cost from missed work time.
Post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) from Methadone are directly managed as part of the procedure, which further improves longer term comfort and reduces relapse rates. This is in stark contrast to inpatient detox facilities, where patients have already been sent home before the real post-acute withdrawal symptoms develop, leaving them with little to no recourse with how to effectively manage them. Several individuals that had just completed an inpatient detox still come to the Delray Center due to the debilitating post-acute withdrawal symptoms they are still experiencing. Post acute withdrawal symptoms such as hot flashes, fatigue, loss of appetite, insomnia, night sweats, pain, nausea, and muscle spasms are screened for and managed effectively. Methadone detox is not considered completed until all of the post-acute withdrawal symptoms are fully resolved.
Appointments are available at convenient times as well as daily urgent walk-ins all day, both before and after common working hours, so you can undergo outpatient opiate detox without missing work. Methadone detox first requires an evaluation, after which the actual detox is scheduled.