What is Healthy Connections, Inc.?
What is Opiate Replacement Therapy?
Is Opiate Replacement Therapy Safe?
What is methadone?
Does methadone have any long-term effects?
Does methadone have any side-effects?
What if I’m pregnant?
Will my information be kept confidential?
Healthy Connections is an opiate replacement therapy facility with two locations in Stockton, California.
Opioid replacement therapy (ORT) is the process of replacing an illegal opioid drug such as heroin, oxycoton, vicoden, etc. with a longer acting but less euphoric opioid, methadone is used at Healthy Connectionâ€™s clinics, that is taken under medical supervision. The driving principle behind ORT is that an opiate addict will be able to regain a normal life and schedule while being treated with a substance that stops him from experiencing withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. ORT has been shown to be the most effective treatment for improving the health and living condition of patients. ORT is especially effective when combined with counseling services.
When used as directed methadone is a safe treatment for opiate addiction. However, methadone can be dangerous when combined with other drugs. Please inform your treating physician and/or counselor about all medications and illicit drugs you are taking.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid, used medically as maintenance anti-addictive for use in patients on opioids. It was developed in Germany in 1937. Although chemically unlike morphine or heroin, methadone also acts on the opioid receptors and thus produces many of the same effects. Methadone is useful in the treatment of opioid dependence. It has cross-tolerance with other opioids including heroin and morphine and a long duration of effect. Oral doses of methadone can stabilize patients by mitigating opioid withdrawal syndrome. Higher doses of methadone can block the euphoric effects of heroin, morphine, and similar drugs. As a result, properly dosed methadone patients can reduce or stop altogether their use of these substances.
Methadone has been proscribed for the last 30 years with no evidence of long-term damage to the patients.
A small percentage of patients are develop side-effects including: constipation, sweating, weight gain, and dry mouth. There are other less common side-effects that may occur. Side-effects usually dissipate after a short time.
Healthy Connection, Inc. has a perinatal program which can provide methadone maintenance to pregnant women. An obstetrician will be consulted to ensure the safety of the fetus and the patient. To ensure the safety and well being of both the patient and the fetus it is important to start treatment as soon as possible.
The confidentiality of our patients is paramount. We keep all files in locked cabinets and never share information without patient permission.