Methadone Clinic Melbourne

Methadone and suboxone prescriptions help to reduce the chaos that heroin addicts indulge in while they are seeking money and/or drugs. It is often the first step on a path to a much-improved life and onwards to a life without using substances.

The Hader Clinic in Melbourne has proven a lot of families with positive results working with our treatment program.

The Hader Clinic
Suite 4/20 Commercial Rd Melbourne
Victoria Australia 3004

Phone: 1800 88 33 88
Fax: 03 9804 5797

Drug Replacement Therapy in Melbourne

Methadone and Suboxone are drugs used in an approach to opiate addiction treatment known as ‘harm reduction’ or ‘drug replacement therapy’. Specialist methadone/suboxone doctors prescribe these drugs which relieve the harsh symptoms of withdrawal from heroin.

Methadone and suboxone prescriptions help to reduce the chaos that heroin addicts indulge in while they are seeking money and/or drugs. It is often the first step on a path to a much-improved life and onwards to a life without using substances.

Chiefly, methadone and suboxone are used to replace the desperation of withdrawal felt by opiate abusers. Sometimes, this means that people are on maintenance scripts or the chosen drug is gradually tapered down to nothing. Often methadone users are titrated onto suboxone and then to Valium before going on to live drug-free lives.

Methadone and Suboxone Prescription Clinics

Drug replacement therapy is a specialist approach facilitated by dedicated suboxone or methadone clinics and drug services with dedicated prescribing doctors or nurse practitioners. Moreover, these experts are specifically equipped to deal with heroin addicts. Sadly, it is often the case that desperate people are kept waiting months before being seen by the methadone prescribing service or a suboxone prescribing service.

Hader Methadone Clinic in Melbourne

The Hader methadone prescribing service in Melbourne is a self-referral outpatient center. There are no frustrating waiting lists to get on one of these life-changing prescriptions. We believe that when you need help, you should get help.

Specifically, this means that this is a ‘no waiting’ methadone service and you can have access to a prescription within 24 hours or as soon as the prescriber can safely give to you. Furthermore, we can arrange this to be dispensed at a pharmacy of your choice.

However, during the early part of your methadone treatment, you will have to attend the clinic as an outpatient more regularly while you are properly titrated. Once the medical team is happy that you are stable you will have to attend on a monthly basis.

Hader Suboxone Clinic in Melbourne

The Hader Suboxone clinic is a self-referral prescribing service for people suffering from opiate addiction. It functions in just the same way as the methadone clinic. Clients come as outpatients and can receive immediate help for their heroin addiction from people that really understand.

What is Methadone?

Methadone is a man-made opiate which is used as a painkiller and a substitute for heroin in the maintenance treatment of addicts.

Furthermore, like all opioid drugs, methadone produces a slowing down of the body’s functions, depressing the nervous system and subsequently causing a reduction in physical and emotional pain.

The half-life of methadone is one of the factors that has made it attractive in the eyes of doctors treating heroin addicts. Whether as the effects of heroin last only a few hours, methadone can be effective for between 24 and 38 hours. Likewise, this means the drug user feels comfortable for longer before the symptoms of opiate withdrawal set in.

Moreover, it also does not produce the same sort of high and if the addict uses more on top of the prescription. This because of the way the drug fills the opioid receptors in the brain. Methadone is highly addictive and many users report quickly developing a tolerance meaning they must use more to have the desired effect.

What is Suboxone?

Subutex and Suboxone are the brand names used for the semi-synthetic opiate, buprenorphine. This drug is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms from occurring when heroin or opiate prescription drugs are discontinued.

Moreover, buprenorphine acts by attaching to the opioid receptors in the brain but does not produce the same euphoria as other opioids and is long acting. Even so, just like every opioid, it has addictive qualities and the potential for abuse.

Subutex is often misused and people crush the tablets and snort them or inject them. For this reason, Suboxone was developed. Subutex contains a single active ingredient – buprenorphine while Suboxone contains two active ingredients – buprenorphine and naloxone. Notably, buprenorphine is mixed with naloxone to prevent it from being abused.

Naloxone works as an opiate antagonist. It fills up the opiate receptors in the brain and it won’t let other drugs activate these receptors. Unlike buprenorphine, which fills and activates receptors, naloxone will not activate the receptors.