Montgomery, the county seat of Montgomery County, is the capital city of the U.S. state of Alabama. It rates as the second most populous city in the state of Alabama. As of 2018, it had a population estimated at 198,218. Montgomery has a total area of 420.3 km² of which only 0.52% is water. People who are experiencing opioid dependency in the city may visit a methadone clinic Montgomery Al for medication-assisted treatment. Methadone clinics in Alabama, like every other methadone clinic, are particularly established to offer medication-assisted treatment to people who rely psychologically or physically on opioids. They are regulated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. Methadone is an opioid agonist that minimizes the psychological effects and symptoms of opioids. They are combined with psychological support to help the patient recover fully. Methadone is safe but program enrollees are required to voluntarily consent to the program before maintenance commences. The medication-assisted treatment practitioner is required to discuss the possible side effects and health risk factors in methadone maintenance with the program enrollee. A dose could last 36 hours but some situations may require more doses within that time. Methadone should only be taken in compliance with the recommendations of the practitioner because the wrong use of methadone is risky.