|Addiction - Begin on Your
Path to Recovery
Addiction to drugs or alcohol can be devastating
to people of all walks of life...to their spouses, children, and
families. Methadone Therapy can help control addiction so the patient
can function normally. They can hold jobs, and become productive
members of a family, a church, and community. Methadone Therapy
allows the patient to take control of their lives.
Methadone can also be used with female patients who become pregnant. More information
about this is available in the Resource section of this website.
MethadoneSouth takes a holistic approach utilizing multidisciplinary teams of
specialists to treat the patient's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Click on the icon below (or above) to go to Walker Recovery Center, or Marion
County Treatment Center.
Makes Walker Recovery More Accessible
The completion of the latest section of Corridor
X, puts Walker Recovery just
minutes from Graysville, Adamsville, Forestdale
and other locations in west Jefferson County.
The help you need is even more convenient. Call our counselors today and get
started on your road to recovery.
Methadone Maintenance Therapy
(How Methadone has Changed my Life)
I am a 29 year old male who is originally from Illinois
where my opiate addiction began. I had been in a fatal
car wreck in 2001 where my best friend had lost his life.
I, on the other hand, survived but had a pretty serious
back injury. I went through a lot of therapy, both mental
and physical, but nothing helped the pain in my lower back.
Eventually, after climbing the opiate ladder from Vicodin
to Percoset, the doctor ended up putting me on Oxycontin,
which worked well at a low 20 mg dose at first. After a
while though I was moved up to 40 mg pills which I began
taking way too frequently, causing me to run out of my
script early in the month and having to chase the oxys
until my next prescription.
After I went through this for quite some time, my then
one-year-old daughter found an empty pain pill bottle and
brought it to me and said, “Daddy’s
num-nums”. That broke my heart and made me realize I had to get off them.
I hadn’t held a job in over a year and my marriage and family life was
falling apart. I went to the closest medical detox program to me which happened
to be in St. Louis, Missouri. In this program they placed me on 40 mg methadone
the first day, then 30 mg the next, then 20 mg, then sent me home. I had never
been so sick as I was for the next few weeks. I literally wanted to die. I ended
up giving in and taking the pills again. When I moved to Alabama with my family,
I had no doctors so I obtained pills any way possible, i.e.: all of the area
emergency rooms, family, friends, etc. About a week before Christmas of ’06
I had exhausted all my resources. I knew from past experience that I would be
deathly sick by Christmas if I didn’t either get some pills or some real
Since I didn’t want to spend Christmas with my kids watching me vomit all
day long, unable to get out of bed and eat or watch them open their presents,
I decided to get some real help. I knew from previous experience that short-term
methadone detox treatment did not work and this was going to take a long-term
methadone maintenance treatment program to work. To my surprise there were several
such treatment programs in my area. I began calling, already in the beginning
stages of withdrawal and started methadone maintenance on December 23, 2006.
Since starting treatment, I have grown tremendously as a person, father and husband.
Walker Recovery Center not only provided me with the medicine I needed to stay
off pills and not be sick, but with all the information I needed about my addiction
and treatment. Today I have my family back. We are all happy together now as
opposed to broken apart and withdrawn when I was addicted to the pills. I have
held a job the whole time I have been in treatment and I am happy to be the provider
and role model my family needs. My whole family and myself are very thankful
to Walker Recovery Center for giving me my life back. I spend a lot less money
and time keeping my life on track through methadone maintenance treatment then
I did in active addiction and it feels great to finally be in control of my own
life again. So if you are at the end of your rope with opiate addiction, give
MMT a try, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Written by: a client at Walker Recovery Center, Jasper, Alabama
Inspirational Stories from Clients