Valdosta, a city in Lowndes County, has been nicknamed “The Azalea City” because the plant grows so much there. It is the county seat of Lowndes County and it is home to Valdosta State University. As of 2019, the city had a population estimated at 56,457. The total area of Valdosta is 94.33 km² of which 1.26% is water. Residents of Valdosta and neighboring cities who want to medically treat opioid dependency may visit any methadone clinic Valdosta GA. Doses of methadone are available in different forms. A dose could last up to 36 hours blunting the physical and psychological effects of opioids. Methadone clinics in Georgia have to register with the Drug Enforcement Administration before dispensing drugs. To ensure the safety of program enrollees as well as prevent diversion into the illicit market, methadone maintenance is regulated. Doses of methadone are to be taken in compliance with the directives of the medication-assisted treatment expert. Doses are tailored because the health history and results from diagnosis are considered before the medication-assisted treatment expert dispenses them. Program enrollees who are stable and compliant after a few months may be allowed to take medication at home. However, they have to give constant feedback to the medication-assisted treatment practitioner.