Methadone is a synthetic opioid that is most often prescribed as a detox medication for the long-term treatment of opiate addiction, though it can also be prescribed as a pain reliever. It is one of the oldest treatments for drug addiction, first used in 1960s.
Methadone’s addiction potential has only increased over the years. In 2008, doctors in the United States wrote about 750,000 prescriptions for pain relief and just 250,000 prescriptions for opiate abuse treatments.
Methadone offers many of the same effects as other opiates, mainly a sense of euphoria and relaxation. Depending on your health, you may experience other potential side effects, including:
Methadone is a highly addictive substance thanks to its easy availability and potency. Addiction has a highly detrimental effect on all aspects of your health, but it can have a truly damaging influence on your personal life. Addiction forces you to behave recklessly, hurting yourself and your loved ones to use or obtain more of a drug. Worst of all, addiction takes control of your life and prevents you from truly enjoying your life. Health complications typically associated with methadone abuse include:
Long-term abuse of methadone can lead to a variety of dangers, including:
All drug addiction is tied to a chemical dependency. Methadone causes your brain to produce more dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with motor control, motivation, and reward. The flood of dopamine will force your brain to limit or block its effects. This forces you to take more methadone just to maintain normal function.
Methadone addiction can potentially be treated using a variety of medications. Your doctor may prescribe:
Detox treatment is an important and valuable step in the journey to sobriety. It aims to flush harmful toxins out of your system through medication and a tapered use of the drug. Inpatient care is the best option for detox treatment. It creates a safe, supportive environment for your treatment and gives you access to a trained medical team. This includes counselors for emotional support and motivation along with a general staff who can administer medication and provide care in the event of any emergencies.