Opioid Road to Success: Tapering Off Methadone

“I’ll never forget the day I walked into your office and you told me that I can get off the medicine if I wanted,” Walter said.


Walter would have been a successful country singer. He arrived at my office (at the methadone clinic) after losing his wife, home, job, car, and family, in addition to internal losses.
Walter was a transfer patient from a methadone clinic in another state. Upon meeting him, I quickly discovered that his previous clinic failed to help him rebuild his life, nor did they offer a taper plan so he could one day get off the medicine.
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