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High Dose Methadone Detox

Are you on such a high dose of methadone that the average medical detox won’t take you on? Are you stuck in the trap of being dependent on methadone for 10, 20, 30 years? Do you want to get off but don’t think you can face the pain of withdrawal?

We see this all the time. We can help.

Most detox centers will not accept patients taking anything over 80 mg of methadone. Most people who have been on methadone for years have lost hope of ever getting off this drug in their lifetime. Our detox advisors at Novus Medical Detox Centers have become some of the leading national experts on how to detox people taking high doses of methadone in the safest, most comfortable detox process available. In fact, many detox facilities around the country refer their high dose cases to us.

Novus Methadone Detox Is Safer And More Comfortable

Here is a general outline of what will happen when you come to Novus:

  • You will check into Novus Medical Detox Center and the Novus medical staff will design an individual taper program just for you.
  • You will have your taper adjusted to ensure that you are able to most comfortably withdraw.
  • You will be given the daily vitamins, nutrients, and amino acids like glutathione and GABA, that your body needs.
  • You will have a private or comfortable shared room equipped with a television and internet connection.
  • You will have delicious food.
  • You will not be on a set schedule; however, the usual detox time is 7 to 14 days. You are in no means bound to this timeframe, and we will tailor your treatment program based on your situation and needs.
  • You will not be required to go to group meetings, but can have one-on-one interactions with our staff when you request them.
  • You will be given medications to control the withdrawal pain.
  • You will be given natural supplements to help you feel better.
  • You will be given instructions on how to continue with vitamins and helped to select an after-care program that works for you.

Looking to get off methadone? Call Novus Medical Detox Centers at (855) 464-8550 today to discuss your treatment plan!

Getting Off High Dose Methadone On Your Own

While methadone is very addictive, it is possible to withdraw from this drug on your own; however, it will not be easy. It will take time. It will not be without discomfort, but it can be done. While we strongly encourage you to reach out to a detox center like Novus to help you through the withdrawal process*, we understand the importance of having more than one choice available to you.

It Can Take a Lot Longer

If you make the decision that you are going to get off methadone, know that it may be a lengthy process – in many cases, it will require at least a six to ten-month commitment. Educate yourself about how methadone has been affecting your body by reading about endorphins and how they function.

Get Medical Help

Once you have made the decision, then recognize that this is going to be a strenuous effort and the better the body is functioning, the easier the withdrawal will be. Find a doctor who will give you a thorough physical, and if there are physiological problems, will work with you to recover and get better beyond simply prescribing you drugs.

When you meet with your doctor, tell them that you plan to withdraw from methadone and want to make sure that you are physically in good shape. If the doctor finds physiological problems, then address them and don’t start your withdrawal until the doctor feels that you are ready. In many cases, this may mean reaching out to a therapist to set up regular meetings. Ask the doctor about potential medical options like IM (intra-muscular) injected vitamins – this may help you throughout your recovery process.

Stay Hydrated & Healthy

Hydration is key – make sure you talk with your doctor about potentially receiving IV’s to help hydrate your body and start to build up your body with vitamins and nutrients before and during your withdrawal.

Have the doctor advise you on:

  • The acceptable blood pressure, temperature range and pulse rate range for you;
  • How to monitor your own blood pressure, temperature, and pulse;
  • What to do if your blood pressure, temperature or pulse rate is outside the range;
  • When to take any medications the doctor prescribes to control spikes in temperature, blood pressure, and pulse rate as they occur during your withdrawal;

Eliminate sodas, beer, and liquor from your diet and reduce your intake of coffee and tea. These liquids are all diuretics and can dehydrate your body. Start doing some exercise, even if it is just walking around the block to help build up the health of the body and prepare it for the withdrawal.

Find Out If Suboxone Can Help

Do some research and find a doctor who is authorized to prescribe Suboxone and make an appointment. Let the doctor know that you are going to withdraw from methadone. Once you have reduced your dosage to between 50 and 60 milligrams of methadone, it may be time to start taking Suboxone. Your doctor will help you taper off this drug, which can be incredibly useful when withdrawing from methadone.

Decreasing Methadone Dosage

You should not try to reduce your methadone dosage more than 2.5 milligrams every two weeks for the first two months and then, if it is going well, you can increase the reduction in dosage to 5 milligrams every two weeks. If you are on 100 milligrams of methadone and want to reduce your dosage to 50 milligrams, then expect your withdrawal will take about six months once you begin.

Inform Others Around You About Your Detox

Go to the methadone clinic and explain what you are planning to do and ask them for help. Some clinics will not want to help you because you are a customer, which means you may have to find another methadone clinic that will help you. Since there will be many days where you will likely not feel good during this withdrawal, be sure to speak with your family and your employer and let them know what you are going to be doing so that they will understand and can help you through these rough patches.

Start Taking Suboxone

Once you have started taking Suboxone, continue at the same dose for at least 30 days before starting to reduce the daily dose. Once you reach that point, start reducing the daily dose of Suboxone by one milligram per week until you are tapered off. During this time, keep up your exercise regimen and stay hydrated. You can succeed in less than ten months from 100 milligrams a day, but be warned that it can take 12 to 18 months if you are on a higher dose.

Call Novus Medical Detox Center

This may seem like an incredibly lengthy and arduous process because, well, it is. Getting off methadone by yourself is hard, but we can help make it a lot easier. The Novus Medical Detox Centers offer a safer and more comfortable detox program, and it only takes an average of seven to 10 days.


President Dwight Eisenhower said,

The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation more than its wealth.”

Avoid a Long, Drawn-Out Detox - Get Immediate Help

Anyone who wants to withdraw from a high dose of methadone can accomplish it if they do the right things and are determined. However, the difference between trying to withdraw over the period of eight to 18 months on your own and being sick for many of those days, or coming to Novus and doing the entire withdrawal in 10 to 14 days with little discomfort is considerable.

Call us at (855) 464-8550 today to speak with one of our experienced detox advisors and get started on the treatment process as soon as possible.

Novus Case Studies

Learn more about our methadone detox case studies here.

The Methadone Treatment Trap

More and more people who have gone to methadone clinics as a “treatment” for heroin addiction are taking doses of from 150 milligrams to 300 milligrams a day of methadone. After a time, they decide that they are not able to safely function in their jobs and want to stop taking methadone. However, they find that when they try to taper down or stop altogether, the pain of the withdrawal is too great and they return to the high dose they were taking in order to make it stop.

The Methadone Disappointment

Methadone is promoted as the “solution” for many people who are addicted to heroin or other highly addictive drugs like OxyContin. The idea has been in use for decades, and the danger is only increasing given the recent spike in opioid addiction.

Here are some of the selling points used to justify giving someone addicted to a terrible drug an even more addictive and dangerous drug, methadone:

  • It will prevent the painful drug withdrawal symptoms for up to 24 hours or sometimes longer;
  • It requires no needles;
  • It is legal;
  • It is inexpensive;
  • It will not require people to commit criminal acts to obtain it and to find the money to purchase it;
  • It is obtained at a commercial business location, not from someone you can meet in a back alley;
  • It is manufactured by a company and not mixed with other unknown additives like heroin so often is;
  • It will allow you to hold a job;
  • It is socially acceptable.

However, there is other information about methadone that is not promoted nearly often enough that people considering methadone need to know:

  • It is more addictive than heroin or OxyContin;
  • It is more difficult to detox from than heroin or OxyContin;
  • It is rarely effective as a drug to help people get off drugs entirely because they just cannot endure the pain if they stop taking it;
  • It is most often taken only to prevent withdrawal symptoms and doesn’t give the same type of high that people often chase. Instead, many methadone users will take other drugs like Xanax or drink alcohol to get that high;
  • It is very dangerous when combined with alcohol or other drugs;
  • It is going to create some very unwanted side effects, many of which are outlined in The Methadone Prison;
  • It is often increased to levels as high as 200 milligrams a day, and dosage amounts in excess of 100 milligrams a day are becoming normal.

Methadone Clinics Have Several Drawbacks

Methadone clinics are often located many miles away from the methadone user, and they frequently require the user to arrive early and wait in line to get their dose of methadone. In many cases, these clinics are located in unpleasant areas of town and are often surrounded by people who are trying to sell other drugs to the people on methadone.

Far too many people are more interested in increasing doses of methadone than helping someone deal with their problems, and the other people you meet at the clinics, including those running it can be disdainful if a person on methadone says that they want to stop using methadone.

These people may show the person that stopping methadone is a bad idea by not slowly the tapering the person wanting to stop but by slashing the dose, which they know will place the person into heavy withdrawal. Too many companies simply see a methadone user as a source of profit and not someone who needs help.

Discover the Novus Medical Detox Center difference and get the help you need today!


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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