With a population of 28,973, Ridgecrest, in Kern County, California, is a young city that was only incorporated in 1963. Ridgecrest has also been the unfortunate epicenter of a number of California’s earthquakes. For Californians in this area who need treatment for a physical addiction to opioids, a methadone clinic Ridgecrest can help. Other treatments are needed to address the psychological and behavioral sides of addiction. All methadone clinics in California will require patients to be interviewed and examined before they can begin taking methadone, and methadone must be administered at the clinic. At every visit, patients will be briefly examined and asked questions so that the medical staff can stay aware of any side effects that may indicate the dosage should be lowered, or breakthrough withdrawal symptoms that may indicate a higher dosage is needed. As patients should ideally remain on methadone for a year or longer, dosages may need to be adjusted as the individual changes physically or within their recovery.