Taken orally once a day, methadone suppresses narcotic [opioid] withdrawal for between 24 and 36 hours. Methadone reduces the cravings associated with opioid use and blocks the high from opioids, but it does not provide the euphoric rush. Methadone maintenance treatment provides the addict with individualized health care and medically prescribed methadone to relieve withdrawal symptoms, reduce the opioid craving, and bring about a biochemical balance in the body.
- Methadone Fact Sheet. Office of National Drug Control Policy. Executive Office of the President. Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse. April 2000.