I have just begun to understand the methadone is prescribed to individuals that are withdrawing from an opiate. If I have read the threads and article correctly, this drug is suppose to help so a person does not go cold turkey off a dangerous drug, like heroin? I am a little confused, how switching a person from an extremely dangerous addictive drug to a perhaps less dangerous prescribed medication known to be addicting does not also have a big risk involved? Is there a requirement to go to therapy in conjunction with taking methadone? Or simple is a visit to a doctor that prescribes the drug all that is required? Excuse me, in advance for sounding ignorant in this area.