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Join date : 2013-09-11
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PostSubject: What is Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)?   Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:07 pm

In the early 1960's, two New York physicians, Vincent Dole and Marie Nyswander, discovered that if methadone is taken every day - called a "maintenance dose" - as part of a program offering supportive services, it is an effective medical treatment for opioid addiction.

Methadone works in several ways:

    ♥The right methadone maintenance dose does not make you feel "high" or "drugged," like other opioids do, so you can lead a normal life.

    ♥Methadone's gradual, long-lasting effects - 24 hours or more - take away the hunger or craving for other opioid drugs.

    ♥Methadone is taken by mouth once a day, so you avoid their risks of diseases like hepatitis and HIV.

    ♥It helps you to live a healthier and better life, free of illegal drugs.

Many people say that methadone actually makes them feel "normal" for the first time in a long while.  It is not a cure for addiction, and it is used as part of a recovery program that may include counseling, support group meetings, and other help provided by your clinics' staff.

Methadone is a treatment only for opioid drug addiction.  Using other drugs - like alcohol, cocaine, or marijuana - will defeat your recovery.
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