Continuum Outpatient Center: Your Trusted Partner in Methadone Addiction Treatment

Learn more about the benefits of methadone addiction treatment and how Continuum Outpatient Center can help.

What is Methadone?

Methadone is a synthetic opioid medication commonly used in the treatment of opioid addiction, particularly in opioid maintenance therapy. It’s a long-acting opioid agonist, meaning it activates the same receptors in the brain as other opioids like heroin and morphine. However, it has a much longer duration of action.

Methadone is often prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment program known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT combines the use of medications like methadone along with counseling and behavioral therapies to address the complex issues associated with opioid dependence.

While it can be a lifesaver for many, methadone itself can lead to dependence if not managed appropriately. 

Rates of Methadone Use Across the U.S.

Between 2003 and 2015, the number of methadone treatment facilities in the U.S. increased from 1,100 to 1,482. The number of clients receiving methadone treatment steadily rose from 227,000 to 356,843.

This upward trend continued until 2019, when the number of clients receiving methadone addiction treatment reached its peak at 408,550. However, in 2020, there was a significant drop to 311,531 clients. This suggests a potential shift in methadone addiction treatment treatment patterns. 

Methadone Use in Texas

The statistics below reveal a trend of methadone use in Texas:

  • The use of methadone for pain, as compared to treatment for opioid dependence, is decreasing.
  • In 2008, the number of people admitted for methadone treatment was 160. This number significantly dropped to 73 people by 2018.
  • Methadone-related deaths dropped from 177 in 2008 to 116 in 2018.
  • The distribution of methadone by manufacturers in Texas decreased from 2,700 dosages per 100,000 people in 2008 to 2,063 dosages per 100,000 people in 2018.


While methadone use in Texas has shown a decrease in recent years, the matter still requires attention and effective programs for methadone addiction treatment. 

Risk Factors for Methadone Addiction

Like other opioids, methadone carries the risk of addiction and dependence. This is especially true when it’s used improperly or without proper medical supervision. Some factors that may increase the risk of methadone addiction include:

  • History of substance abuse: People with a history of substance abuse may be at a higher risk of developing a methadone addiction.
  • Underlying mental health conditions: Co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety, can contribute to the risk of addiction.
  • Genetic factors: There may be a genetic predisposition to addiction. People with a family history of substance abuse may also be more susceptible.
  • Polydrug use: Using methadone in combination with other substances can increase the risk of addiction and overdose. This is especially true of other central nervous system depressants, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines.
  • Improper dosage and administration: Using methadone in ways other than prescribed, such as taking higher doses or more frequent doses, can increase the risk of addiction. 

Symptoms of Methadone Addiction

The symptoms of methadone addiction can be subtle and may not be immediately apparent. However, as addiction progresses, these symptoms become more pronounced and can have significant negative impacts on a person’s life. 

Many of these symptoms require the help of a methadone addiction treatment center to overcome. 

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms of methadone addiction can include:

  • Tolerance: Needing increased doses of methadone to achieve the same desired effect
  • Physical dependence: Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when methadone use is stopped or reduced
  • Respiratory depression: Difficulty breathing, slowed breathing, or shallow breathing
  • Sedation: Feeling drowsy, sluggish, or uncoordinated
  • Constipation: Difficulty passing stool or infrequent bowel movements
  • Nausea and vomiting: Upset stomach, feeling sick to your stomach, or throwing up 

Psychological Symptoms

Some psychological symptoms that may necessitate methadone addiction treatment include:

  • Cravings: Intense urges to use methadone, even when aware of the negative consequences
  • Obsession: Preoccupation with thoughts about methadone, even when not using it
  • Neglect of responsibilities: Failure to fulfill work, school, or family obligations due to methadone use
  • Continued use despite negative consequences: Continuing to use methadone despite experiencing adverse effects on personal relationships, health, or finances
  • Social isolation: Withdrawal from social activities, friends, and family due to methadone use 

Behavioral Symptoms

Behavioral symptoms of methadone addiction can include:

  • Using methadone in risky situations: Using methadone in dangerous settings or circumstances, such as while driving or operating machinery
  • Mixing methadone with other substances: Using methadone in combination with other drugs or alcohol, increasing the risk of overdose
  • Engaging in illegal activities to obtain methadone: Stealing, selling, or engaging in other illegal activities to acquire methadone
  • Lying about methadone use: Denying or minimizing methadone use to family, friends, or healthcare providers


In most cases, all of these symptoms require effective methadone addiction treatment to overcome. 

Continuum Outpatient Center’s Approach to Methadone Addiction Treatment

At Continuum Outpatient Center, we understand the profound impact methadone addiction can have on people and their loved ones. With a deep-rooted commitment to providing comprehensive, compassionate care, we’re dedicated to helping you break free from addiction and reclaim your life.

Here’s how we do it: 

Our Flexible Treatment Options

We recognize that every person’s journey to recovery is unique. As such, we tailor our methadone addiction treatment plans to meet your specific needs and circumstances. We offer a variety of flexible treatment options to accommodate your schedule and lifestyle, including:

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

At Continuum Outpatient Center, we recognize that life doesn’t always pause for recovery. That’s why we offer an intensive outpatient program (IOP) designed to accommodate your schedule.

This intensive program provides 3-4 hours of structured therapy three times a week. It also includes daily support groups, along with individual counseling and medication management. It’s ideal for people who need more intensive support but still have to fulfill work or family obligations.

Our IOP schedules for methadone addiction treatment are as follows:

  • Daytime IOP: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Evening IOP: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our PHP offers intensive structure five days a week for six hours a day. It also includes individual counseling and medication management. Tailored for those transitioning from inpatient care, our PHP provides a safe and shame-free environment for:

  • Community building
  • Psychosocial skills development
  • Increased emotional intelligence


It’s an excellent choice for those seeking a supportive and structured program after inpatient care, providing a bridge to outpatient care.

Outpatient Program (OP)

This less intensive program offers individual counseling and group therapy sessions once or twice per week. This makes it suitable for people who’ve achieved a significant degree of stability and need less frequent intervention.

Telehealth Options

For those who prefer the convenience and flexibility of remote care, we offer telehealth options for methadone addiction treatment. This allows people to take part in therapy sessions from the comfort of their own homes.

Who Benefits from Each Treatment Program?

The choice of methadone addiction treatment program depends on the person’s needs and circumstances. An IOP is suitable for those with severe addiction who need more intensive support and frequent therapy sessions. 

A PHP is ideal for those with a high risk of relapse or who need a more structured environment. 

An OP is a good option for people who’ve achieved a significant degree of stability and need less frequent intervention. 

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Our Curriculum for Methadone Addiction Treatment

Our commitment to your recovery is reflected in our evidence-based curriculum. At Continuum Outpatient Center, we utilize proven therapies to give you the best chance for a positive outcome. Our curriculum includes the following components:

The Four Agreements

To establish a foundation of reliability and trust in week one, we introduce The Four Agreements – a holistic approach blending evidence-based treatments for a resilient journey toward well-being.

Brain Works

Navigate the intricacies of the mind in week two, unveiling the impact of trauma on brain function. Gain insights into your cognitive responses to trauma, empowering lasting well-being.

Human Relationships

Delve into the profound impact of trauma on interpersonal connections in our Human Relationships module. Learn strategies to initiate healing, rebuild fractured relationships and work toward restoration and connection.

Trauma and Growth

Unravel the intricate connection between trauma and substance use in week four. Equip yourself with skills to conquer past traumas, establishing a sturdy foundation for long-term recovery success.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Basics

Empower yourself in our DBT Basics module in week five. Embrace the present, manage stress, and repair strained relationships with essential skills from dialectical behavior therapy on your journey to recovery.

Emotional IQ

Focus on enhancing emotional intelligence in our Emotional IQ module. Develop skills for stress relief, effective communication, empathy, and conflict resolution, proving invaluable in the early stages of recovery.

Mindfulness

Learn more about the intricate link between mind and body in week seven. Immerse yourself fully in the present moment, cultivating a state of being where you remain present without feeling overwhelmed.

Life Skills

Address the overshadowing of crucial life aspects by substance use and mental health disorders in our Life Skills module. Discover practical skills to reclaim control and build a fulfilling, sustainable future.

Relapse Prevention

Identify stressors and triggers fueling substance use in week nine. Empower yourself with tailored skills, ensuring a robust defense against relapse on your journey to sustained recovery.

Balance and Boundaries

Dedicate time to develop essential skills of setting healthy boundaries and finding balance in your life. These pivotal abilities play a key role in achieving lasting success in your recovery journey.

Self-Care

Recognize the toll on your body and mind from mental health and substance use disorders. Emphasize self-care to guide you in reclaiming balance, allowing your mind and body to embark on a transformative journey toward wellness.

Family Roles

Explore essential skills to initiate the healing process and sustain healthy relationships with family and loved ones. Foster a supportive and nurturing environment, addressing the strains and fractures that substance use and mental health disorders may impose on family relationships.

Our Evidence-Based Methadone Addiction Treatment

Our methadone addiction treatment programs are grounded in evidence-based practices that have demonstrated effectiveness in helping people overcome addiction and achieve lasting recovery. Our comprehensive approach encompasses a range of therapies, including:

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling sessions provide a safe and confidential space to:

  • Explore the underlying causes of your addiction
  • Develop coping mechanisms
  • Address any co-occurring mental health conditions 

Group Therapy

Group therapy offers the opportunity to connect with others who share similar experiences. Participants gain support and learn from the challenges and successes of others in recovery.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT can be a valuable methadone addiction treatment approach by targeting the underlying thought patterns and behaviors associated with substance abuse. At Continuum Outpatient Center, we help people:

  • Identify and modify negative thought processes
  • Develop coping strategies
  • Address triggers that contribute to methadone dependence


By fostering self-awareness and providing practical tools to manage cravings and stress, CBT empowers people to break the cycle of addiction. We’re dedicated to encouraging healthier decision-making and cultivating resilience to promote long-term recovery. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

At Continuum Outpatient Center, we employ DBT as a key component in methadone addiction treatment. DBT equips people with specific skills to manage distressing emotions and navigate challenging situations without resorting to substance use.

By fostering a balance between acceptance and change, DBT helps people break the cycle of addiction and build a foundation for long-term recovery. Our focus on enhancing coping mechanisms, communication skills, and emotional resilience makes it a valuable tool in supporting people on their journey to overcoming methadone dependence and achieving lasting positive outcomes. 

Uncovering Co-Occurring Disorders

Mental health plays a significant role in addiction. At Continuum Outpatient Center, we recognize the interplay of substance use and mental health disorders. 

Our program includes the identification and diagnosis of co-occurring disorders, ensuring comprehensive treatment that addresses both aspects. We employ a blend of therapy and medicine to provide effective care. 

Life Skills and Holistic Approaches

We specialize in methadone addiction treatment, offering a comprehensive and personalized approach. Some tailored treatment modalities we use include:

  • Life skills training
  • Trauma-informed yoga
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Other tailored therapeutic modalities


These approaches contribute to growth in all areas of life impacted by methadone addiction. 

Family Therapy

Family therapy is an integral part of our methadone addiction treatment approach. We recognize the importance of family support in the recovery journey. Through tailored counseling sessions, we aim to:

  • Strengthen family bonds
  • Educate about addiction dynamics
  • Create a supportive environment
  • Foster understanding and healing for both the individual and their loved ones 

Trauma Therapy

In our methadone addiction treatment, trauma therapy plays a crucial role in addressing underlying issues. Through evidence-based modalities and compassionate counseling, we empower people to heal from past traumas, fostering resilience on the path to recovery.

Continuum Outpatient Center's Values: The Cornerstone of Your Healing Journey

Our values serve as the guiding principles that underpin our approach to methadone addiction treatment. They include:

  • Accountability: We take complete personal responsibility for our actions to ensure our patients are getting the best care possible.
  • Quality care: We are committed to extraordinary client care and clinical outcomes. We tailor treatment to the unique life experiences of each patient.
  • Teamwork: We know a diverse care team leads to better patient outcomes, so we employ a range of professionals who work together to provide top-tier care.
  • Integrity: We say what we mean, and we do what we say we’ll do, without exception. As a team, we hold ourselves and each other accountable. 
  • Continuous improvement: We strive every day to improve our personal and team performance on a medical, clinical, and operational focal points through continuous feedback and results analysis.


Our commitment to these values ensures that each patient receives personalized, compassionate, and effective care that promotes healing and long-term recovery. 

Your Path to Recovery Begins Here

Methadone addiction treatment can be daunting, but with the right support, you can reclaim your life. Continuum Outpatient Center is here to guide you every step of the way.

Call us at (210) 405-5935, and let us be your partner in the transformative journey to recovery from methadone addiction.

Contact Us Today to Get Started Toward Wellness

If you’re ready to address your mental health or substance use disorder, we’re ready to help. Our mental health professionals are standing by. If you or a loved one is in need of treatment for addiction and in need of flexibility to fit your schedule, Continuum Outpatient Center is ready to help. We are prepared to take your call now!