Methadone Addiction Treatment
Methadone was first synthesized in Germany during 1937. It is still prescribed in a variety of forms for chronic pain patients, and it’s the main molecule used in opioid substitution therapy maintenance programs. Methadone is a current treatment for heroin and opiate dependence. Many people who become addicted to heroin, go through a series of detox and rehab attempts in a revolving-door manner, eventually give up, and switch over to some form of maintenance. Other than buprenorphine, methadone is the most popular form of opioid maintenance.
Methadone Maintenance Programs where a synthetic, long-lasting opioid is substituted for heroin, were pioneered by the husband and wife team of Vincent Dole M.D., and Dr. Marie Nyswander. Their maintenance programs revolutionized addiction medicine during the 1960s; before their work the conventional medical theory was that narcotic addicts suffered from intractable moral and ethical defects, in short: psychological problems were responsible for addiction.
Opioid maintenance programs have their pros and cons, but after most people become stabilized and get their lives back together again, many want to break free. Unfortunately, this medication does not cure the illness, but is a substitution therapy for the illicit drug. It merely replaces self-administration of illegal substances, with regulated use of a highly-addictive, legal replacement.
While this paradigm provides motivated individuals with at least partial stability and allows some degree of social re-integration, it does nothing to address the underlying disorder. The street term for methadone is “liquid handcuffs.” You’ve replaced your dependence on one opioid drug, for dependence on an even more addictive substitute that happens to be legal.
Ibogaine provides a highly effective detox from methadone. Methadone is an opioid with a longer half-life than heroin, which tends to mean opiate withdrawal symptoms are less severe during the acute phase, but last much longer than with short-acting opiates such as heroin. However, unlike buprenorphine, methadone is a pure agonist (like heroin) and extremely compatible with ibogaine therapy for opioid dependence.
With ibogaine opiate treatment at Clear Sky Recovery’s Detox Center in Cancún, we have successfully treated hundreds of methadone dependent individuals with a high rate of success.
Ibogaine detox eliminates the vast majority of opioid withdrawal symptoms and provides tremendous relief from PAWS (post acute withdrawal syndrome).
Methadone is metabolized via CYP2D6; cytochrome P450 2D6 is the same system your body uses to metabolize ibogaine. We will switch you to a different short-acting opioid (SAO), prior to receiving ibogaine treatment. We can generally do this once you arrive at Clear Sky Recovery’s ibogaine detox and treatment facility in Cancun. While methadone has a longer half-life than morphine, heroin, or oxycodone, it is a relatively “clean” molecule, that acts as a pure agonist at opiate receptors. Methadone does not present the complications that are present with buprenorphine.