Methadone Addiction and Methadone Treatment

 

For over 40 years methadone has been used to wean heroin addicts off of heroin and other opiates. Often these addicts were told that taking methadone is a step down from doing heroin and eventually the next step down would be quitting drugs entirely. They did not account for the fact that methadone was just as highly addictive as any other drug. In fact, some say methadone is more addictive than other drugs.

Methadone Detox

The first step to take in going through methadone addiction treatment is detox. Methadone detoxification can be very difficult and dangerous. In fact, quitting any drug or even alcohol cold turkey can cause more damage than most people might think. Your body is used to this drug being in your body and taking it away suddenly will cause your body to go into shock. It could even cause death. That is why it is so important to detox with a professional medical staff. The medical staff will be able to properly administer the correct dose of methadone each day and slowly, but surely wean you off of methadone, in the healthiest way possible. They will also be able to help you deal with any withdrawal symptoms that may occur along the way through your detox. Methadone withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from four to six weeks, depending on the duration of methadone use and level of methadone addiction. Withdrawal symptoms will be very strong at first. Later, less severe withdrawal symptoms can include chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dilated pupils.

What is Methadone?

Methadone is a narcotic painkiller. Besides being used as a painkiller, it is also used to treat heroin addiction. Being used to treat heroin addicts to overcome their addiction to heroin, usually results in these addicts getting addicted to methadone. Methadone overdoses and addictions can stem from an accidental issue or an intentional misuse of the drug. The addict who is addicted may desire the drug physically, as well as mentally. Contrary to what some people think, dependencies to methadone can develop even when the drug is taken correctly. That is how fine the line is in addiction. Even when someone follows the prescribed amount, they can still become addicted.
Methadone addiction and it's harmful effects include:

  • Low sex drive
  • Dulling of emotions and thought process
  • Sleeping problems
  • Dulling of your interest
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Slowed and delayed reaction time

Opiates like methadone, cause your body to form a physical dependency. As your body becomes tolerant to the drug, the more you have to take to get the feeling desired, which is where the addiction is formed. When your body builds this tolerance level to methadone, that requires more and more of the drug to prevent or avoid symptoms of withdrawal from another drug, addiction finds a way in. Over time and use, the amount of methadone needed continually increases to a point of an extreme overdose. The amount of time it takes for a person to become addicted to methadone varies based on the individual and their habits. Medically, supervised methadone addiction treatment is used the most and seems to be the most effective. Having a medical staff on hand is always necessary when detoxing off of any drug and even alcohol. There are dangers to consider when detoxing off of anything. These dangers range from seizures to death itself. When looking for a detox center, always make sure they provide an on staff medical team.

According to studies done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths by methadone increased from 4 percent to 14 percent, over a 6 year period, ending in 2005. From 2005 the number is getting larger, because methadone has become so popular and easy to get, it is very important to understand when an individual needs to seek help. Look for the signs of addiction and it should be clear. If it is still not clear call us and we will help guide you through the process.

Methadone Detox

The first step to take in going through methadone addiction treatment is detox. Methadone detoxification can be very difficult and dangerous. In fact, quitting any drug or even alcohol cold turkey can cause more damage than most people might think. Your body is used to this drug being in your body and taking it away suddenly will cause your body to go into shock. It could even cause death. That is why it is so important to detox with a professional medical staff. The medical staff will be able to properly administer the correct dose of methadone each day and slowly, but surely wean you off of methadone, in the healthiest way possible. They will also be able to help you deal with any withdrawal symptoms that may occur along the way through your detox. Withdrawal symptoms from methadone detox may include one or more of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Chills
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Body pain
  • Muscle twitching

Methadone withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from four to six weeks, depending on the duration of methadone use and level of methadone addiction.

Consider choosing a methadone detox center that offers amenities and activities that apply to your lifestyle. Finding the perfect fit is necessary. The more comfortable the addict is, the easier it will be to get them to go. While you do not want them to be pampered, you do need a certain level of comfort to get them to open up and share their feelings and stories about their addiction. There are a variety of detox centers that offer different settings to work with the addict's needs. If you need to continue working, there are detox center that will work with your schedule. They provide outpatient programs, after the initial detox. There are also alternative medicines and alternative treatments, like art therapy, music therapy, and other types of therapy.

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