Methadone is used during heroin addiction treatment. Even though it is used under strict medical supervision to assist patients in their withdrawal process, it is a topic of debate. Actually, methadone is just like morphine and highly addictive. It means, swapping of one addiction for prescribed methadone. Legitimate use can turn into abuse with development of tolerance. As soon as abuse starts, addiction takes hold quickly. In 2009, methadone was responsible for 30.3% prescribed painkiller deaths.
Use transforms into abuse and quickly into addiction
Many people are prescribed potent pain killers, each year for chronic back pain or post-surgery pain treatment. Soon they find themselves developing an addiction to these painkillers. The fact that methadone is cheap in comparison, it is the first choice in prescriptions. Insurance providers willingly cover methadone cost instead of branded opioid painkillers, which is also a major driver for people swapping their prescription to methadone.
Methadone builds up quickly as it is long-acting drug [half-life ranges from 8 – 59 hours]. It means taking a single dose more than prescribed can cause an overdose. It needs to be carefully monitored or can be dangerous and lead to methadone addiction.
Symptoms of Methadone overdose
Shallow and slow breathing
Bluish skin, fingertips, and lips
Extreme fatigue – not capable to stay awake
Combining Methadone with illegal or prescribed drugs can trigger serious heart issues ranging from heart attack to arrhythmia.
Methadone addiction treatment
The SMC Recovery Center treats methadone addiction through comprehensive therapy and medical detox. Methadone is an opioid, which needs to be removed from the individual’s body through medical detox program. Other medications like buprenorphine or LAAM will be used during the treatment and soon tapered off.
Address co-occurring disorders
Methadone addiction victims are suffering from medical health conditions like post traumatic disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc. There may even be mental issues, which made them self-medicate with painkillers, opioid, alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine. Many individuals got addicted to methadone in the course of trying to overcome heroine addictions. Comprehensive care addresses all concurring disorders, so that victims can achieve genuine recovery from methadone abuse.
The withdrawal symptoms duration depends on the severity of methadone addiction. Detoxification can be conducted as an inpatient or outpatient. However, it is advised that severely addicted patient stay at the rehab center and get detox treatment under medical supervision.
Detox can be accompanied by an intensive outpatient treatment program. People with an aim to quit taking methadone will need continuous support on their path to recovery. Drug rehab program lasts for three months. Trained staff works towards breaking the victim’s psychological dependence, as well as offer treatment to handle the physical triggers. The program includes teaching new coping strategies to victims of methadone abuse, so they are well-equipped to deal stressful situations.
In addition, they will be inspired to confront their methadone triggers. This knowledge and awareness will assist them in avoiding useless substances stringently in life. They will become more confident and aware to tackle harsh life situations.