Heroin addicts who have experienced Methadone have strong opinions. Some call it Goverment Wine, others compare it to Orange Government Handcuffs, or some even call it Tang. Methadone is so addictive, that many addicts are never capable of leaving that few block radius from the Methadone Clinic, out of fear of running out. The best tool for an addict to get clean is another clean addict - Unknown


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Is methadone an effective treatment for heroin addiction? YES!

The scientific evidence supporting the usage of methadone is indisputable and has been for years. So why is it not being used more often when there are millions of opioid addicts that need treatment? This problem can be summed up in a single word: STIGMA.

Methadone clinics have been associated in the mind of the public with criminal activity and other deviant behavior. This is because addicts themselves have been viewed as suffering from a “moral failing” and they view the clinic as just another way for these moral deviants to get their “fix”.

This view is, of course, grossly incorrect. Methadone is a treatment and for a chronic medical condition. Addicts attending a methadone…

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 Is methadone an effective treatment for heroin addiction? YES!

You may be wondering that if methadone is an MOPR agonist why is it a treatment for another MOPR agonist like heroin? Isn’t this just replacing one drug for another? The answer is an emphatic: NO! Methadone is long-lasting MOPR agonist. What this means is that is binds to the MOPR, activates it fully, but then sits there on the receptor for a full day.


The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) was founded in 1984 to enhance the quality of patient care in treatment programs by promoting the growth and development of comprehensive opioid treatment services throughout the United States.

National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery

NAMA is an organization composed of methadone patients and health care professionals that are supporters of quality opiate agonist treatment.

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Methadone is a misunderstood, underprescribed, medication for chronic pain. Even doctors do not understand its potential for improving chronic pain sufferers lives.

Methadone is a narcotic pain reliever, similar to morphine. Methadone also reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the "high" associated with the drug addiction.

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Methadone is a long-acting opioid; it has an effect for up to 36 hours (if you are using methadone you will not withdraw for this period) and can remain in your body for several days.


you stop taking heroin, methadone can prevent or reduce the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Many people stay on methadone long-term, but some people gradually reduce the dose and come off drugs altogether.


Methadone and Suboxone are opioids that have been well-studied and widely used to minimize withdrawal symptoms and cravings in opiate addicts. By removing addicts from the junkie lifestyle, these medications have been marketed as a solution to a life of crime, sickness, unemployment and poverty, with minimal side effects and a more affordable price tag than rehab. Why the Controversy: Once believed to be a “cure” for opiate addiction, the drawbacks to these medications have become clear over time.

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