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’ DRT. Specialist practitioners may prescribe these drugs which relieve the harsh symptoms of withdrawal from heroin.

Methadone and Suboxone treatment help to reduce the unmanageability that addicts face while they are seeking money and/or drugs. Drug Replacement Therapy (DRT) is often the first step on a path to a much-improved life and pathway to a life without using substances.

Methadone and Suboxone are used to replace the desperation of withdrawal felt by opiate addiction. Sometimes, this means that people are on maintenance scripts or the chosen drug is gradually tapered down to abstinence.

Hader Methadone Clinic in Melbourne

The Hader Clinic in Melbourne is a self-referral outpatient DRT program. There are no waiting lists. We believe that when you need help, you should get help.

Specifically, this means that this is a ‘no waiting’ service and you can have access to a consultation within 24 hours. Dispensing can bge arranged at location suitable to you at a pharmacy of your choice.

However, during the early part of your DRT program, 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. Where 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.