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Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:49 pm
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The Road to Recovery

Over the past 35 years, methadone has helped millions of people get off the endless roller coaster of opioid drug addiction. They improved their health, worked steady jobs or returned to school, gained happier family and social lives, and finally started feeling good about themselves. If that sounds good to you, and is what you want, then you are ready to start your own road to recovery.
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Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:07 pm
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What is Success in MMT?

Achieving success in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) requires hard work. Recovery from opioid addiction via MMT is an ongoing journey, rather than a final destination. There are many rewards, but also many setbacks, on the road to successful recovery. This forum describes some attainable benefits of MMT and certain pitfalls to avoid.
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Using Methadone Safely

Methadone is an an effective and safe medication when used properly. However, it is a very powerful drug. So, whether you have been on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) for just a few weeks or many years, there are certain safety precautions to always keep in mind. This forum provides some important reminders for using methadone safely and what to do if an emergency occurs.
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Methadone interactions with Other Drugs

Most persons in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) programs are prescribed medications at one time or another.  Some also take herbal remedies or drugstore over-the-counter products.  Certain drugs or products can react with methadone in undesirable ways.  This forum will discuss those interactions and ways you can avoid them.

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Dealing With Pain

Methadone was invented over 55 years ago as an opioid medication to treat pain. So it is sometimes believed that people regularly taking the drug as part of a methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program to treat addiction don't feel physical pain like everyone else. This is FALSE!! However, when it comes to treating pain, you may have some special needs. This forum explains some of those.
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An update on MMT for Healthcare Providers

Methadone Treatment (MMT) has more than a 35-year history of success in helping millions of people in recovery from opioid dependence (addiction).  Yet, the persistence of stigma, prejudice, and misunderstandings surrounding addiction in general, and methadone in particular, sometimes detracts from the delivery of quality healthcare to these patients.  This forum discusses several concerns of importance to healthcare providers in treating methadone-maintained patients.

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Methadone and Mental Functioning

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) has a long history as an effective and safe therapy for opioid addiction. Yet, since methadone is a strong medication, some persons have been concerned that it might affect mental functioning and the ability to perform everyday tasks. This forum explains how individuals stabilized in MMT can be just as mentally alert and intellectually capable as any other persons.
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Constipation During MMT

Although this is something we do not want to discuss, many patients experience constipation during MMT. While this can be uncomfortable and disturbing, it is rarely harmful to health. There are some simple steps you can take yourself to help prevent or deal with this problem, and your clinic medical staff also can be of help. This forum discusses the problem of constipation and what to do about it.
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MMT and Pregnancy

A pregnant woman who abuses opioid drugs may seriously damage two people: herself and her unborn child.  While methadone itself does not eliminate all potential problems of pregnancy, a comprehensive methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program can greatly reduce the possibility of sickness or even death in the mother and child.  If you are pregnant, or are thinking of becoming pregnant, this forum explains how MMT can be of help.

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Understanding Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C, also called HCV, is a widespread liver disease caused by a virus.  Many persons entering methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) programs are infected.  If you are concerned that you may have this infection, or if you already have it, this forum explains what hepatitis C is and steps you can take.

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Living with HIV/AIDS During MMT

Many patients in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) programs are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.  At one time, little was known about this infection and there were few medications to treat it.  That has changed.  Today, HIV/AIDS can be effectively treated during MMT to help achieve better, more productive, and longer lives.  This forum provides a basic understanding of HIV/AIDS and offers some tips for receiving the best care possible.

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