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About Novus Detox®

Methadone Treatment and Detox

Three Important Methadone Detox Facts

Methadone was developed in Germany in 1937 as a narcotic painkiller for their troops in World War II. There was a shortage of opium at the time, which made developing opiate painkillers difficult. So the clever Germans invented a synthetic narcotic instead.

Ten years later, the war was over and it was introduced into the United States by Eli Lilly. Since then, it’s been prescribed as a painkiller all over the world. But methadone is much better known as the “replacement drug” for people addicted to heroin, morphine and other narcotics — a practice euphemistically called “methadone maintenance treatment”.

There are a number of problems with these methadone clinics. Some of these problems are glossed over by proponents of the practice, while others are completely ignored. Anyone considering methadone replacement treatment, or anyone on methadone who really wants to get off that painful train to nowhere, should consider the following facts.

People addicted to narcotics, including methadone, are turning their lives around every day by simply making the decision to be drug-free at last. The Novus Medical Detox Centers are recognized as some of the most effective clinics offering safe, comfortable and confidential methadone detox anywhere.

Learn more about our treatment options by calling us at (855) 464-8550 today.

Let’s look at a few of the claims made for methadone treatment, and counter those claims with the real facts.

Methadone Detox Fact #1: Methadone Doesn’t Treat Addiction

The first, the most important, and the biggest fact of all, is that methadone is not a treatment for addiction. Period. Full stop.

The word “treatment” means “a therapy used to remedy (make better) a health problem.” Methadone does not make this health problem — addiction and dependence — better. It leaves the addict completely and utterly dependent on, and in effect addicted to, methadone instead of heroin.

If you had a really bad cold, would you consider something that gave you the flu instead a good treatment? Of course not.

So what does “methadone maintenance treatment” really mean? It means to use methadone to maintain an existing (usually heroin) addiction by switching to methadone. And then calling the new addiction “treatment”. Flu for a cold. Not treatment at all.

Yes, methadone lets a person “get along” without heroin. But for the body to function with some semblance of normality, it must have and indeed demands the presence of methadone. Without it, the person will descend rapidly into painful withdrawal.

A euphemism is a word or phrase invented by someone to describe something unpleasant and make it sound nicer, less offensive, and hopefully get your agreement. That’s why we referred to “methadone maintenance treatment” earlier as euphemistic. The helpful-sounding “methadone maintenance treatment” is just the Big Bad Wolf dressed up as Red’s Grandmother, waiting for Little Red Riding Hood to come through the door.

Methadone Treatment Is A Billion-Dollar Industry

Methadone maintenance “treatment” is a billion-dollar industry in numerous countries around the world. In the US, Canada, and much of Europe the practice continues to expand, lining the pockets of the drug companies, while addicts who actually want to get off drugs and improve their lives are strung out on methadone. They’ve bought the lie. And some of them defend it, thinking it really is “treatment”.

But not in Russia, where they haven’t been fooled by the public relations. Methadone treatment for addiction is not only illegal, but just promoting it or talking about methadone maintenance favorably is prosecutable under the law. In Russia, narcotic addicts receive narcotic detox and rehab.

Meanwhile, thousands and thousands of victims of the methadone maintenance treatment deceit outside of Russia continue to search for methadone detox programs that accept the high methadone doses they’ve been forced to accept. They know they’ve been hoodwinked, now they want off the train. They want a program that helps overcome methadone withdrawal symptoms and points the way to a new drug-free life.

There is hope for a new life. Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today at (855) 464-8550!

Methadone Detox Fact #2: Yes, Methadone Patients Are Addicted

Methadone maintenance treatment promoters loudly and proudly claim that methadone patients are dependent on their “medication”, not addicted. They say this as if it was something positive.

Let’s define the terms:

  • Dependence refers to physical needs. Reducing or stopping a drug results in withdrawal symptoms. Dependence is not associated with risking negative consequences to get and use the drug.
  • Addiction means physical and psychological needs. Addicts are dependent, but also will ignore most, or all, negative consequences associated with getting and consuming the drug.

If there is any doubt about whether or not a methadone patient is addicted to the daily dose of methadone handed to them at the methadone clinic, just stop giving it to them. Make it impossible for them to get it anywhere. Now watch what they do for the next few days.

For most methadone treatment patients, this scenario presents nothing less than a living nightmare. The only solution is to find some methadone, or heroin, or morphine, or codeine, or hydrocodone, or oxycodone, or any of the dozens of other prescription painkillers that contain an opioid, and just gobbling them down.

Getting into a hospital ER and shamelessly begging for opioids is popular, or heading back to the streets where you used to get your heroin in an earlier life — these are both perfectly acceptable actions, and very commonly done.

Lying in bed, praying for death, and moaning in agony for days or weeks while trying to survive a cold-turkey methadone detox — that is definitely not an option!

Methadone Detox Fact #3: Yes, Methadone Is Harder To Get Off

Another thing the methadone shills will tell you is that methadone detox is not any more difficult than heroin detox. They admit that it takes much longer than heroin or morphine, but then say that it isn’t any worse. Obviously, they weren’t listening to the addicts who have tried both heroin detox and methadone detox. If you’ve tried to get off methadone, you very likely will agree that methadone detox without medical help is a ridiculous idea, and that of course it’s harder than heroin.

To settle any doubts about this silly argument, call the methadone detox experts at Novus Medical Detox Center in Pasco County, FL. Novus is among the few clinics in the world with the experience and medical know-how to handle even high-dose methadone detox, in the shortest possible time, with the least amount of discomfort.

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Methadone Is Not Treatment

What Is The Definition Of Treatment?

The great French philosopher Voltaire was not one to suffer fools. He refused to waste his time discussing complex issues with people who did not even understand the definitions of the terms that they were debating. This led to his often quoted statement,

“If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.”

The Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines treatment as:

  • A remedy for a health complaint.
  • The administration of a therapeutic remedy.

The Encarta Dictionary defines treatment as:

  • Provision of medical care: the application of medical care to cure disease, heal injuries, or ease symptoms
  • Medical remedy: a remedy, procedure, or technique for curing or alleviating a disease, injury, or condition

Cure Or Ease Symptoms

We see from these definitions that there are two types of treatments:

  • Ease symptoms
  • Cure the problem

Sometimes we just want to treat the problem by easing the symptoms. If we have a fall and bruise ourselves maybe we just want to take an aspirin to help ease the symptoms of discomfort until the natural healing properties of the body can take over.

However, if our fall resulted in a broken leg, then we want to ensure that the definition of “treat” is to cure. We want someone to help us cure the problem by resetting the bone and putting it in a cast so it will heal and we will be “good as new.”

Why should we not use this same logic when dealing with drug addiction?

Don’t we want to “cure” the problem — not just ease the symptoms?

The Methadone Treatment Promise

Advocates of methadone promise that it will prevent withdrawal symptoms and prevent the need for criminal activity to obtain heroin or prescription drugs which contain pharmaceutical grade heroin like:

  • OxyContin
  • Oxycodone
  • Roxicontin
  • Vicodin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Percocet
  • Endocet
  • Lortab
  • Lorcet

They also argue that it will make addiction affordable by keeping the cost of the methadone down to under $400 per month, and that it can allow a person to only have to receive a dose once every 24 hours, instead of every four to six hours, to prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms. This, they claim, can help prevent diseases that occur when needles are used to inject drugs and over time help a person reduce their methadone dose until they are off drugs.

The Methadone Treatment Reality

Methadone treatment actually traps the person (see the Methadone Prison), and can result in side effects like:

  • Shallow breathing or trouble breathing
  • Confusion and even hallucinations
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Dental problems
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased sex drive/impotence

It can also encourage the use of other illegal drugs because methadone doesn’t provide a “high” but simply prevents the withdrawal symptoms, as well as encourage the increase of the amount of the dose if the addict has any problems in life. This can easily lead to an overdose if the addict takes other narcotics at the same time. Methadone is the most difficult narcotic from which to detox, and almost no one taking more than 100 milligrams a day (many are taking much more) can stop and is considered a lifer unless they come to Novus. Many of these advocates only make money for people dispensing methadone if a person continues taking methadone.

Methadone — Treatment Or Cruelty?

People who become addicted to drugs are still our children, parents, friends, and coworkers. People who become addicted to drugs don’t deserve to be told that they will never become drug-free and will always have to go to methadone clinics, and they certainly don’t deserve to be told that society doesn’t think they are worth the detox and rehab treatment that will enable them to become drug-free or that they are failures and don’t deserve to be drug-free.

Instead, people who become addicted to drugs deserve our understanding of their situation, our willingness to help them actually cure their addiction, and our reassurance that we care enough about them and their basic worth that we want them to become drug-free.

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While most of us are too decent to allow a pet with a broken leg to live in pain rather than have the veterinarian set the bone, many of us condemn drug addicts to this fate. The truth is that the humane treatment for drug addiction is not methadone but a good detox and rehab. The truth is that real treatment results in the person being drug-free.

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Methadone Addiction Wreaks Widespread Devastation

Regardless of your level of interest in methadone addiction or methadone detox, a search for methadone in the news reveals the widespread devastation that the narcotic painkiller methadone is wreaking across America.

A year ago, a report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that methadone prescriptions for pain management grew from about 531,000 in 1998 to 4.1 million in 2006 — a nearly eightfold increase. The major reason is because the cost of methadone is a fraction of the cost of most other narcotic painkillers.

This flood of methadone into the hands of the public has led to thousands of new cases of methadone addiction and overdose deaths.

Methadone Addiction Is Just The Beginning Of The Story

Every day, there are countless stories about crimes committed in order to support methadone addiction. But methadone addiction is just the beginning of the story. Overdose deaths are routine, methadone-related crimes in the name of addiction and profit are common.

What about deaths from methadone overdoses? Unfortunately, there are always a few of those, too.

But there are always one or more stories that tear at your heart, illustrating just how seriously methadone addiction is disrupting and destroying the lives of individuals, families and society at large. Some of these are beyond the imagination of normal people.

Below are a few “methadone news” headlines from just one day, from the routine to the utterly tragic. They illustrate how every day in America, methadone addiction is having a much greater impact on society than most people might think:

  • Ohio: Dramatic increase in accidental overdose deaths mystifies experts. Overdose deaths soaring in one Ohio county had some experts scratching their heads. But another pointed out that physicians in that county have started prescribing methadone in far greater numbers than elsewhere. Mystery solved.
  • West Virginia: City woman charged with murder in methadone overdose. A Beckley woman who gave her methadone to a man who took it and died has been charged with murder. The methadone had been legally prescribed to the woman, but the law allows murder charges in such circumstances. Both people were victims of methadone addiction.
  • Kentucky: Cincinnati doctor gets 4 years in Eastern Kentucky drug case. A Cincinnati physician is one of 22 people charged in one of the largest schemes ever uncovered in Eastern Kentucky involving diversion of prescriptions for resale. The doctor, who knowingly wrote prescriptions for 50,000 methadone pills, was sentenced to 48 months in prison. We think 40 years was appropriate.
  • New York: Man receives death threats for wanting to keep methadone clinic open on weekends. A local activist advocating weekend business hours for a county methadone clinic received four death threats. It appears someone with a methadone addiction wants pretty badly to take home their weekend supply of the deadly drug and not have to come in on the weekends.
  • Pennsylvania: Chesco man sentenced in drug death of baby son. This is the real heartbreaker: A 29-year-old father (and methadone addict) killed his 23-month-old son by mixing methadone into the infant’s juice. He admitted he routinely crushed methadone and Ambien pills (a sleep aid) into the baby’s bottle because the child was teething, and kept refilling the bottle to “settle the baby down.” Police said the infant’s bloodstream had nine times the amount of drugs that would normally kill a child of his age and size.

“Infinite” Methadone Addiction Not Treatment, Says State Senator

Pennsylvania’s publicly-funded methadone “maintenance” system, which allows methadone addiction to continue indefinitely with no provisions or requirements for methadone detox and recovery, needs to change, says State Senator Kim Ward.

In a letter to the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), Senator Ward calls for a policy shift emphasizing recovery rather than the present long-term (essentially forever) program of providing methadone to heroin and other opioid addicts.

And, says Senator Ward, a system that endlessly supports methadone addiction should not be paid for by the state’s already-burdened taxpayers.

“I am calling on the Department of Public Welfare to commit to only funding those methadone clinics that have a formally approved recovery program with a limit on the time that the state will pay for treatments,” she said. “With state funding at such a critical juncture, it is imperative that we utilize the taxpayers’ money wisely; therefore, the Commonwealth should not be in the business of providing artificial narcotics to addicted individuals for an infinite amount of time.”

Clinics Push Life-Long Methadone Addiction, Not Treatment

Senator Ward also asked the DPW to explain why there is a stated 12-month minimum of treatments for individuals, but no maximum.

"It is my understanding that with methadone treatments, individuals receive 12 months of treatment as a minimum; and that some individuals continue to receive this type of treatment for years. What is the maximum number of treatments?” asks the senator. “I believe the program should be focused on recovery and not an open-ended policy of ‘maintenance’."

We applaud Senator Ward’s stance, but would have been even more impressed with a call for the outright banning of methadone maintenance programs, and their replacement with genuine methadone detox and methadone rehabilitation.

Methadone clinics don’t routinely address the psychological and physiological factors involved in someone’s addiction. Most clinics which claim to provide real treatment and recovery are a sham.

Good News At Last For People Seeking Methadone Detox

People suffering from methadone addiction who want to become drug-free generally find it difficult, if not impossible, to successfully overcome their dependence, because most “one-size-fits-all” methadone detox programs are inadequate.

People trapped in high daily doses of methadone, the normal situation for those in long-term methadone replacement therapy, are particularly hopeless. Most detox programs won’t accept them. And “tailing off” can be a years-long rollercoaster of a few little wins and many big losses.

But there is good news for those who seek freedom from a life of methadone addiction.

Novus Medical Detox Center has developed a breakthrough in methadone detox which includes high-dose methadone detox, a godsend for those trapped in the twilight world of endless methadone addiction.

Novus patients on even high doses of methadone can get through their withdrawal in a couple of weeks or less, during which they are under 24/7 medical care. Every patient receives a unique workup that is tailored to their individual situation and health status. The result is a routinely successful methadone detox that is faster, more comfortable and far easier than anyone expected.

THE NOVUS METHADONE DETOX PROGRAM

As any methadone addict will tell you, the more methadone you take, the more you need, until you are on a maintenance dosage so high that almost no methadone detox center will accept you for treatment.

In other words, methadone addiction “maintenance” is a life sentence of addiction.

Novus Medical Detox Center has been calling for years for an end to the cruel practice of methadone replacement “therapy” which entraps its victims in the prison of methadone addiction for life.

Methadone replacement is no better, and usually far worse than the original heroin or other opiate addiction.

But there is one bright spot in the otherwise gloomy methadone addiction universe, and that is the incredibly successful Novus methadone detox program.

High Dose Methadone Detox

Novus provides one of the few methadone detox programs in the world that not only accepts high-dose methadone addicts for methadone detox, but also routinely gets patients through methadone detox more quickly, and more comfortably than they ever imagined.

Here is what will happen when you come to Novus:

  • You will check into Novus Medical Detox Center and the Novus medical staff will design a taper for you;
  • You will be given IV’s daily with vitamins, nutrients and amino acids like glutathione and GABA;
  • You will have a comfortable room equipped with a television and internet connection;
  • You will have delicious food;
  • You will not be on a set schedule;
  • 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 have your taper adjusted to ensure that you are able to most comfortably withdraw;
  • You will leave Novus in 10 to 14 days off all drugs including the methadone;
  • You will be given instructions on how to continue with IM vitamins and helped to select an after-care program that works for you.

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Novus Medical Methadone Detox Is Faster And More Comfortable

A Florida medical methadone detox program at Novus Medical Detox Center delivers a faster, more comfortable and more effective end to the cravings for methadone.

In Florida, high-dose methadone detox programs are offered at Novus, developed especially for people trapped in the methadone treatment lie suffering from high-dose methadone maintenance.

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 purifies the body in ways that significantly 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 makes you healthier than when you arrived, because our advanced protocols include nutritional IVs, vitamins, amino acids, mineral supplements and delicious, healthful cuisine.
  • YOU LEAVE SOONER - Novus methadone detox is faster, and without the major withdrawal symptoms, of other programs. Novus methadone detox speeds the healing process, and puts you on your way home sooner.

THE NOVUS DIFFERENCE

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.

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