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Methadone Addiction

Methadone is a powerful and highly addictive opioid, and it causes more fatal overdoses than any other prescription painkiller. Because it’s also one of the most difficult substances to detox from, many treatment facilities lack the procedures to see patients through the entire process, or simply turn high-dose methadone patients away. For many who want help, it can be easy to lose hope.

At Novus Detox, we provide medical detox for methadone, and leverage years of experience and a tailored medical protocol to help patients overcome barriers to a clear body and mind. Our detox program offers a safe, comfortable path to becoming methadone free in as little to 11-14 days.

Ready to start your journey? Call: (855) 464-8550. Our caring and experienced professionals serve patients nationwide from state-of-the-art detox center in Tampa Bay.

How to Get Off Methadone

Rising rates of overdose from methadone, and revelations about its addictiveness, have prompted experts to re-evaluate its use in treatment therapies. For those struggling with the slippery slope of chemical dependence and addiction now, however, confronting withdrawal is a scary, daunting task. For many, it’s the largest hurdle in their journey toward a better life.

Getting off methadone is a challenge recognized by patients and treatment professionals alike. Many detox programs don’t deal with patients on high doses of Methadone (> 80mg) due to the difficulties of fully detoxifying the body in a way that’s safe and comfortable for patients, and many don’t have protocols or strategies in place to prevent patients from going into precipitated withdrawal during the process. This can cause many struggling with the substance to give up hope.

Though methadone detox is one of the most difficult, it can be managed effectively with the support and supervision of experienced detox professionals. At Novus, our multi-disciplinary team offers just that by focusing on key factors:

  • Medical Protocol – Novus has developed innovative methadone medical detox protocols that allow even high-dosage methadone dependencies to be stepped down to zero — off all opioids. Novus has even helped patients taking hundreds of mgs of methadone a day achieve full detoxification, with the minimum possible discomfort.
  • Natural Supplementation – We balance our medical detox protocol with natural alternatives and supplements that harmonize with medications, ensure maximum comfort, and enable patients to experience the benefits of harnessing the body’s potential to revive and rebuild.
  • Step-by-Step Support – Each step of protocol is implemented in accordance to each patient’s safety and how they’re feeling. Following initial intake and symptom management, this may include a transition to buprenorphine only Subutex (which helps replace missing methadone and provide further relief from withdrawal), titration (stepping down) off buprenorphine, stabilization (with the goal to manage any symptoms naturally), and completion of the program. Through each step, Novus professionals work closely with patients to monitor their vitals, make needed adjustments, and help them achieve their goal with minimal discomfort.
  • Personalization – Novus invests the necessary time in getting patients to the finish line, not rushing them or applying one-size-fits-all strategies at the risk of their health and comfort. That’s especially important given methadone’s long half-life (the amount of time it takes for 50% of a substance to leave the body after last dose) and the need to personalize programs. Because methadone detox is complicated and highly individualized, the protocol can change by the day depending on patient responses and factors like age, metabolism, and scope of use. Personalization is crucial to ensuring maximum comfort during the process.
  • Overall Care & Comfort – Our team of counselors, nurses, and support staff are available around the clock, and offer comprehensive resources that address more than medical needs – from luxurious accommodations and amenities to delicious and nutritious food, a safe and tranquil environment, acres of land, and professional resources for addressing overall emotional health and the next phase of the journey.Though we are patient with the steps of the protocol, we’re persistent about ensuring quality care and comfort at all times – as it can make all the difference in completing a program and achieving lasting success.

Novus has earned a reputation as one of the few methadone detox programs to not only accept high-dose methadone patients, but to also routinely help patients through detox comfortably in as little as 11 days. Here’s an idea of what to expect when you come to Novus:

  • Check into Novus Medical Detox Center and have a tailored taper specifically designed for you by the Novus medical staff;
  • Daily IV’s with vitamins, nutrients, and amino acids like glutathione and GABA;
  • A comfortable room equipped with a television and internet connection;
  • Delicious food, a serene setting, sensible policies (smoking permitted), and no set schedule;
  • Group meetings are offered, but no requirement to attend; patients may also request one-on-one interactions with staff;
  • Medications to control the pain of withdrawal;
  • Natural supplementation to support the body’s natural ability to heal and revive;
  • Close medical monitoring, 24/7 nursing care, and personalized taper adjustments to ensure maximum comfort;
  • Completion of program within 11-14 days from all substances, including Methadone.
  • Post-program resources and instructions for continuing with IM vitamins and assistance with selected an after-care program most appropriate for you.

Methadone Withdrawal & Side Effects

Methadone abuse poses many risks, particularly when combined with other substances. Though methadone use does pose serious and deadly side effects, methadone withdrawal is rarely life-threatening. However, it is described by many as one of the most unpleasant withdrawal experiences, which can increase risks of discontinuation and relapse. The safest way to manage withdrawal symptoms comfortably to completion is to work with proven professionals.

Methadone withdrawal may develop within 2 to 4 days after last dose and may persist for a week or more. Common symptoms include:

  • Anxiety, restlessness, agitation
  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Pain, including muscle aches and joint pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, anorexia
  • Abdominal cramps, muscle spasms, diarrhea
  • Chills, sweating, feverish feeling
  • Increased tearing (lacrimation), runny nose
  • Shivering / tremors increased respiratory rate
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) and tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)

In addition to elevated risks of relapse associated with quitting methadone cold turkey, there are complications which can arise from withdrawal sickness that may become serious medical emergencies, including electrolyte imbalance and dehydration, disorientation, and aspiration or infection (from vomiting), among others.

Common Methadone Detox Questions

How Long Does Methadone Detox Take?

It’s difficult to say how long a detox will take without a personalized evaluation. That’s because detox schedules can change frequently in response to protocol adjustments and patient comfort / well-being. Given the timeline of methadone withdrawal onset (2 to 4 days after last dose) and continued symptoms (1-2 weeks or more), an average patient stay is typically 11 to 14 days.

However, that’s highly dependent on the severity of any lingering symptoms after detox (which we help patients manage themselves after their stay with resources for healthy habits and vitamin supplementation), and a number of other factors, including:

  • Length and scope of substance use;
  • The use of other substances or alcohol;
  • Age, DNA, and metabolism,
  • Hydration, vitamin / mineral deficiencies
  • Overall state of health

Our goal at Novus is to help patients navigate methadone detox as safely, comfortably, and quickly as possible – while always ensuring their needs and comfort are prioritized.

Is Rapid Detox OK for Getting Off Methadone?

Novus does not believe in the safety or efficacy of rapid detox for methadone or any other opioid, benzo, or alcohol addiction. Rapid detox programs have been studied by top-tier medical professionals, and many researchers have concluded anesthesia should not play a significant role in detoxification, especially in regard to opioids.

Novus is actively committed to providing a safer alternative to “rapid detox,” which not only poses health and safety risks, but relies heavily on methods that can require a recovery of its own, and which may not provide the best platform for lasting success in a patient’s journey. This is why our detox programs focus on utilizing medications as needed, supporting patients’ overall well-being, and promoting the body’s natural potential for eliminating toxins and revitalizing life.

Why Choose Novus to Detox Off Methadone?

Novus Detox has become known for personalized, comprehensive medical detox programs, and for our ability to help numerous patients struggling with drugs and alcohol overcome their burdens as they begin a better life. The Novus Difference is driven by our blend of innovative medical protocol and natural supplementation programs, and our team of caring and compassionate professionals who prioritize patients’ safety and comfort every step of the way.

The Novus medical methadone detox program is widely acknowledged for several important reasons:

  • Personal – Novus methadone detox is tailored for each patient’s metabolism and physical circumstances. Patients receive outstanding personal care and attention around the clock from well-trained and experienced methadone detox specialists.
  • Comfort – Novus methadone detox is safe and effective, but is also more comfortable than other detox methods. Novus methadone detox helps to rebuild the body and replenish deficiencies that reduce withdrawal symptoms.
  • Confidentiality – Novus methadone detox offers privacy and confidentiality and individual private or comfortable shared rooms. Our 3.5-acre gated facility is a peaceful sanctuary where your recovery comes first.
  • Health – Novus methadone detox focuses on enhancing patients’ health from when they arrive with advanced protocols for nutritional IVs, vitamins, amino acids, mineral supplements and delicious, healthful cuisine.

Does Novus Accept High-Dose Methadone Patients?

Unlike many detox centers that turn prospective patients away if they’re on high doses of methadone, Novus thrives on providing a system of support for patients who’ve used methadone and / or other substances for long periods of time, or in high doses due to tolerance. Our medical protocol is customized to each patient, and includes tapering and adjustment for high-dosage patients.

Our professionals have received many positive reviews from patients who overcame methadone addictions, and have helped many on methadone doses exceeding hundreds of milligrams.

Find answers to other common detox questions, or learn more about us.

Ready? Let Novus Help You Detox From Methadone.

Methadone addiction and dependence does not take long to develop, but it can take time before a person realizes they’re ready do take action. At Novus Detox, we’re available to help you learn more about our medically assisted methadone detox program and how we can help you on your journey toward a brighter future. Call (855) 464-8550or contact us online to speak with a member of our team.


We develop an individualized medical detox program specifically for each of our patients, which means no recovery will look the same. Our delicious food, nutritional IVs and supplements, and specialized detox protocols are all designed to quicken the healing process. We understand that various addictions present a number of issues for the human body, so we create our IVs and diets to fit the needs of specific withdrawal symptoms.

Our process is all about you, which is why we have private and shared rooms available for our residents. Each room is outfitted with a TV, telephone, and access to the internet. We also provide educational classes that will show you how the drug or alcohol of your choice affects your body. We believe that to effectively fight off your withdrawal symptoms, it is important to know what you are fighting against and what to be prepared for.

To learn more about how we can help you,
call (855) 464-8550 today!

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