Located in Middlesex County, Lowell, Massachusetts is one of the five largest cities in the state, with a population of 110,997. Like many cities here, Lowell began as a mill town, and has been called the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Residents dealing with opioid addiction can find the help they need at a Lowell methadone clinic. Methadone is one of three medications FDA-approved to treat opioid dependency. The other two are naltrexone and buprenorphine. Methadone works by blocking the high caused by opioid abuse, and by alleviating opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms. These effects allow patients taking methadone to abstain and function well while they get other forms of treatment, such as behavioral counseling, which will teach them how to avoid drug use triggers and to change their habits around drug use. Although not all methadone clinics in Massachusetts require patients to get counseling, methadone maintenance therapy is far more effective when it is accompanied by other forms of therapy that handle the psychological and behavioral roots of addiction.