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Methadone Detox Centers Should Replace Methadone Clinics

Members of the public who know how methadone clinics operate and the sleazy, illegal activities usually encountered around them, are calling for an end to the barbarism of enslaving people to a life of methadone addiction.

Editorials in dozens of newspapers, TV and radio stations recently have been calling for the taxpayer dollars being spent on methadone replacement to be used for detox programs and rehab. Instead of switching heroin addicts to methadone addiction, it makes more sense to just put the heroin addicts into heroin detox and rehab programs.

Even some governments, including the United Kingdom, are calling for an end to the sentencing of thousands of people to years of state-supported methadone addiction.

The state should provide methadone detox programs for the victims of methadone replacement, they say, and heroin addicts should be steered into suitable heroin detox programs right at the outset.

Although heroin has been considered the primary addiction leading to methadone replacement, there are plenty of people on methadone replacement programs who were addicted not to heroin, but to prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, oxycodone and hydrocodone, all basically “legal heroin”.

The fact that methadone is even more difficult to get off than heroin – some say as much as 2 or 3 times as difficult – only emphasizes how beneficial it would be for all concerned to do away with methadone replacement and just get on with detox and rehab.

Continuing with addiction instead of curing it is not just cruel, it is dangerous. In Florida, deaths from methadone doubled from 2003 to 2007, from 367 deaths in 2003 to 785 deaths in 2007.

It just makes compassionate as well as financial sense to nip addiction sooner rather than later. Methadone replacement is a “hope for the best” that somewhere down the road, the methadone addict will finally decide to get clean.

Hey, if they decided to get off heroin and onto methadone, there is plenty about drug addiction they already don’t like. If someone can confront that addict’s problem, and really cares to help, he (or she) will get that person onto a detox program, not onto months, years or a lifetime of methadone addiction.

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A small Georgia county says “NO” to methadone clinics

While the barbaric practice of putting narcotic addicts on methadone and convincing them that it’s an improvement continues across America, the general public has become very disillusioned and, in some cases, embittered.

A typical example of the current public opinion of methadone clinics was evident recently when the citizens of Dade County in extreme northwestern Georgia blocked a proposed methadone clinic in their county. And it’s the second time they’ve done it in recent years. These people just don’t consider methadone replacement any kind of treatment.

This time, the people of Dade County (not to be confused with Florida’s Miami-Dade County) made sure no methadone clinics can ever get a foothold on their turf. A groundswell of public outcries drove the county commission to draft an ordinance outlawing methadone clinics anywhere in the county.

Commission Chairman Ted Rumley told the Dade County Sentinel that the public reaction to the methadone clinic was no less than if it was “an attempt to situate a toxic waste dump in Dade.”

“Not one person called in support of the proposed clinic,” he said. “People just totally came unglued about it, not wanting it in the county. I was averaging 15 to 20 calls a day.”

The council’s resolution read, in part: “Such a facility would be inconsistent with and contrary to the public health, safety and welfare of (Dade’s) citizens. Such a clinic would endanger the existing enjoyment and use of the surrounding property in the county.”

Dade County’s experience is far from unique in America today. Hardly a day passes that a news item from some county or town somewhere describes how local citizens try to stop methadone clinics from opening.

Invariably, local officials are quoted as saying that drug detox and drug rehab programs should be offered, not an open invitation to spend tax dollars on years of publicly-funded addiction, along with the crime and degradation that comes with most methadone clinics.

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The problem with methadone “clinics” – they aren’t clinics

The main problem with methadone “clinics” are the fact that they simply deliver another addiction, not recovery from addiction like a Novus Medical Detox Center methadone detox program. They just aren’t clinics.

So why are they called “clinics”? Aren’t clinics a place where healing occurs? Let’s be honest. The term “clinic” is a complete misnomer, and the public is getting wise to it. The word “clinic” lends an air of medicality to the place. But since there are rarely any doctors present, not to mention nurses or other medical personnel, methadone “clinics” might better be called assembly line drug pushers, not clinics.

Additional considerations are crime, traffic problems, degraded neighborhoods, and various public expenses.

Here’s what happens: Addicts, from all walks of life, line up every day to get their dose of liquid methadone. Most clinics serve anywhere from a few hundred to many hundreds a day, seven days a week. The process takes as long as it takes for your turn in the lineup, then swallow the methadone, and you’re on your way for another 24 hours.

If you miss a day, you’ll get sick from withdrawal symptoms. You can’t travel out of town, go on holiday, take a cruise, or do anything that takes more than one single solitary day.

Before long, you need more methadone, and as time passes, more and more and more methadone. Eventually you have a high-dose methadone addiction that few methadone detox centers will accept.

You’re trapped in the methadone prison.

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Methadone detox is what reduces crime and brings recovery

The traffic methadone  generates can be hideous. Cars, trucks, vans and hundreds of people coming and going, day and night, 7 days a week. It’s difficult to imagine until you’ve seen it with your own eyes. Also, most facilities have dozens of addicts hanging around outside, often selling their methadone to other addicts or trading it for narcotics such as OxyContin or even heroin.

The traffic and the crime have been faithfully recorded on videotape, all over the country, in numerous television news reports and documentary films. You can begin to understand why the people of Dade County, Georgia, hollered long and loud to stop it from happening in their back yard.

While proponents of methadone clinics say the practice reduces drug crime in the area, many law enforcement officials say nothing could be further from the truth. They see no reduction in drug crime, or in the availability and abuse of addictive drugs in the area. 

If someone wanted to improve on methadone replacement, the only decent suggestion is to just forget it and get into methadone detox. Right now.

Yes, there are other drug-type approaches that, instead of methadone, could help block the cravings for narcotics.

For example, suboxone is an effective opiate agonist/antagonist with less serious side-effects than methadone’s long, scary list of side effects, such as blood clots, weight gain, cardiac arrhythmia, nausea, hallucinations – the list is over two-dozen awful adverse effects.

Naltrexone, also known as Vivitrol, is an opioid antagonist used to manage alcohol dependence and opioid dependence. But again, the downside has been the cost of the usually once-a-month injection, lack of insurance coverage, and the fact that it is a repetitive invasive procedure.

These and other drugs have downsides, if not used medically correctly. At Novus Medical Detox Center, in Pasco County, FL, our medical staff is fully qualified to use these or other drugs, when indicated, to assist in the detox of various drugs.

But the bottom line is, when you leave Novus Detox, the goal is that you are not going to be on drugs.

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Methadone detox means a drug-free life is possible right now

Novus medical methadone detox is respected and sought out because it not only works, it also accepts high-dose methadone addictions – the kind developed by people who have been subjected to methadone replacement.

Novus methadone detox program:

  • Accept high-dose methadone dependencies and gets excellent results
  • Takes care of each individual’s special health requirements
  • Is supervised by a medical staff highly experienced in methadone detox
  • Provides the most effective medical methadone detox available
  • Cuts the pain and discomfort of methadone withdrawal to easily tolerable levels
  • Maintains and improves health with supplements and nutritional IVs with vitamins, amino acids and minerals
  • Provides delicious, nutritious meals prepared to your taste.

For anyone with a methadone problem, including high-dose methadone addiction, Novus Florida’s methadone detox is the best answer to recovering a drug-free life.

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