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My question is, who and how does one get prescribed Methadone. I have thought this may be a good alternative for me to help with my addiction and since I am pregnant have researched this and from what I have read is safe for the baby but I have no idea who I would get to moniter me and prescribe it for my addiction. I take 10-12 Norco 10/325 a day. Any help on this is much appreciated.
You need to talk to your obgyn. Also, look in the phone book for methadone clinics. You will have to go each day to get your meds but it's better than what you are doing now. Tell your ob and call the clinic as soon as posssible. Your ob might can help you find a place as well. Please tell your doctor as soon as possible.
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i am in a methadone maintenance treatment[MMT] program. the 15th will be 6 months to the day in the program for me.

calling a methadone clinic and getting an appointment and some information is a good idea to get started with. when you come in for the appointment it will probably be an interview getting the complete record of your drug addiction and usage history in order to determine if methadone is right for you. i say this last part because your level of addiction is mild relative to other cases. its possible the doctor wouldnt recommend you. i just wanted to give you forewarning that this is possible, to be "rejected" so to speak. methadone is a schedule II drug and milligram for milligram is much stronger than Norco[schedule III. which is less tightly controlled by govt. restrictions. for example, with Norco, refills can be added to a prescription. not so with methadone, you MUST see a doctor each time and get a new prescription].

our beautiful banker is right, you must visit each day to get your dose of methadone. take homes[TH] are available but not immediately in most cases. in my case im eligible for my 1st TH after 30 days, 2 after 90 days and 3 after 6 months. it is a slow process but worthwhile. there are other requirements for take home doses, one of which is having a clean urinalysis each month. they will test you for other illegal drugs every month. a positive test will prob get you an appointment with your counselor to talk about it but repeated positive tests will get you terminated from the program. another req. is going to at least one 12 step meeting like AA or Narcotics Anonymous.

these are just some things i thot you would find useful in making a decision to entering a MMT program. ill leave you with this last bit of information. methadone requires an extended period of time to withdraw from. your dose would probably be about 30 milligrams if you were to enter a program. withdrawing from that amount would take 45 days at a normal withdrawal rate, usually reducing your dose by 2 milligrams every 3 days.
Rock - thank you for expanding and giving your experience. Let me ask you something... I relate Suboxone to Methadone pretty closely, except w/Sub, I feel NO high whatsoever and I did when I would just take a 5 or 10 mg pill. In fact, to me a 10 mg pill was like taking 4 LONG lasting lortabs. I really liked it and wanted to get on it 'officially'. However, with three kids and a full time job and being single, there was just no way.

A friend of mine knew a doc that was giving him some for pain - one script every month so that's who I went to to try and go that route. Obviously, the doctor saw right through me and put me on Suboxone instead. I'm very happy he did since I needed to see things more clearly and get out of that 'drugged' world. I'm not downing meth, I'm just saying the Sub helps me be very clear minded and the meth didn't.. I felt still 'high' at times when I would take it. I could have abused it if given the opportunity.

Anyway, have you ever had to withdraw from meth? If so, what was it like? Have you ever known anyone to withdraw from meth and the same question, what was it like? I have a feeling the withdrawals from meth are going to be almost identical as Suboxone so I'm just wondering what I could be in for one of these days. I'm very scared but I'm doing so wonderfully on the Sub, I just don't see myself getting off of it anytime soon at all. But I'm sure I will have to eventually. Anyway, take care of yourself and you sould like you are doing great - I hope you are.
Methadone Maintience Treatment is an excellant way to recover from Opiates. I work as a substance abuse counselor at a MMT center and my patients are doing wonderful. Methadone decreases both cravings and withdrawls, and it blocks the euphoria "high" of opiates. To enter a treatment program, you have to be within 24-48 hours of withdrawl and most importantly you have to be willing to want help. BUT.. since you a pregnant, it is highly advised that in the last trimester your methadone should be seriously monitored/decreased. But you are able to take methadone and not suffer any side effects. Most side effects from methadone are generally insomnia, joint pain, cravings(mostly), libido, nausea. You will find a stable dose throughout your treatment, one that will get you through the entire day and your mind completely off drugs. Once your a stable dose and feel you can start to reduce your doseage, then we gradually and slowly decrease your doseage weekly to "ween" yourself off of the methadone.
Trust me, it's a great treatment and i've seen such a tremendous amount of positive changes. Good luck!