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Drexel Counseling Services, Inc.


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Methadone Maintenance

Methadone is indicated for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependency. Methadone has been found effective in retaining people in treatment and in the suppression of heroin use as measured by self-report and urine analysis. Methadone helps opioid dependent individuals be more social and productive in life.

Our methadone maintenance program assists individuals in carefully transiting from illicit opioid use to a legal alternative, which allows for a medically monitored detoxification process, avoiding the physical pain or withdrawal. We are proudest of the feedback that we receive from our clients, who tell us that our OMT program eliminated their high risk behaviors and involvement with criminal activity. This lets us know that we are aiding in the fight against high crime rates, the transmission of HIV, as well as other sexually transmitted infections; and making the community a safer place for all residents.

Methadone maintenance therapy is prescribed to individuals who wish to abstain from illicit drug use but has failed to maintain abstinence from opiates for significant periods. The duration of methadone maintenance can be for months or even years. Methadone reduction programs, such as ours, are suitable for addicted persons who wish to stop using drugs altogether. In addition, enrollment in methadone maintenance has the potential to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases associated with opiate injection, such as hepatitis and HIV. The principal effects of methadone maintenance are to relieve narcotic craving, suppress the abstinence syndrome, and block the euphoric effects associated with opiates. When used correctly, methadone maintenance has been found to be medically safe and non-sedating. It is also indicated for pregnant women addicted to opiates. As a result, properly dosed methadone patients can reduce or stop altogether their use of illegal/illicit substances.