Methadone Maintenance Treatment

Methadone is a synthetic agent that works by "occupying" the brain receptor sites affected by heroin and other opiates. Methadone:

  • blocks the euphoric and sedating effects of opiates;
  • relieves the craving for opiates that is a major factor in relapse;
  • relieves symptoms associated with withdrawal from opiates;
  • does not cause euphoria or intoxication itself (with stable dosing), thus allowing a person to work and participate normally in society;
  • is excreted slowly so it can be taken only once a day.

Methadone maintenance treatment, a program in which addicted individuals receive daily doses of methadone, was initially developed during the 1960s as part of a broad, multicomponent treatment program that also emphasized re-socialization and vocational training. Methadone maintenance treatment has important benefits for addicted individuals and for society.

 These benefits include:

  • reduced or stopped use of injection drugs;
  • reduced risk of overdose and of acquiring or transmitting diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B or C, bacterial infections, endocarditis, soft tissue infections, thrombophlebitis, tuberculosis, and STDs;
  • reduced mortality - the median death rate of opiate-dependent individuals in MMT is 30 percent of the rate of those not in MMT;
  • possible reduction in sexual risk behaviors, although evidence on this point is conflicting;
  • educed criminal activity;
  • improved family stability;
  • employment potential;
  • improved pregnancy outcomes.

Using commonly accepted criteria for medical interventions, several studies have also shown that MMT is extremely cost-effective.

Kansas Methadone Programs

  • Bridgeway
    6331 West 110th Street
    Overland park, KS 66211
  • Center for Change – Lawrence
    1910 Haskell Ave. A-9
    Lawrence, KS 66046
  • Kansas City Metro Methadone Program
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160
  • Kansas Treatment Services
    1125 N. 5th Street
    Kansas City, KS 66101
  • Topeka Treatment Center
    3360 SW Harrison
    Topeka, KS 66609
  • Addiction Behavioral Change / Matrix Center
    9918 East Harry
    Wichita, KS 67207
  • Center for Change – Wichita
    1333 North Broadway, Ste. B, C, D
    Wichita, KS 67214
  • Metro Treatment Center
    630 North St. Francis, Suite C
    Wichita, KS 67214
  • Wichita Treatment Center
    939 North Main St
    Wichita, KS 67203