Santa Ana, California is the county seat of Orange County and has a population of 332,318. It is considered a part of the Greater Los Angeles area, which had close to 18 million residents in 2010. A number of the methadone clinics in California do have locations to serve Santa Ana locals suffering from opioid addiction. At any methadone clinic Santa Ana, patients will be given the daily dose of methadone they need to relieve drug cravings and symptoms of withdrawal without provoking undue side effects. Some patients are assigned their perfect dosage right away, while some must work together with doctors and nurses to calibrate their ideal dose. This effort should be well worth it, as a patient kept stable on methadone will feel stronger, less moody, more energetic and positive, and will be less vulnerable to relapse than patients not on methadone. Furthermore, methadone therapy helps to give patients the clarity of mind and focus to effectively work through personal and psychological issues around addiction that must be resolved for a full recovery, and to develop healthier coping mechanisms to turn to when confronted with stressors.