Created because of a morphine shortage during World War II, methadone is a Schedule II synthetic drug which is illegal for non-medical use. This substance is often prescribed to lessen the effects of withdrawal or cravings caused by use of opiates such as heroin. The drug actively works to satisfy the parts of the body that crave the other drugs while also blocking out the “high” that might normally be caused. It’s also an effective pain reliever.
Methadone may cause physical symptoms such as itchy skin, sweating or sleepiness. Users who abuse this drug for long enough can easily become physically dependent while also building a tolerance. This potential for physical dependence makes receiving proper addiction treatment absolutely crucial for those struggling with addiction. This drug is often abused because it's such an effective pain reliever. However, just like other opiates, there are numerous withdrawal symptoms. These include:
The overdose effects of methadone can include slow or shallow breathing, as well as blue fingernails and lips. Stomach spasms, convulsions, weak pulse, or clammy skin may occur as well. For some, coma or death is possible when overdosing on methadone. While many receive this drug during treatment for other substances, addiction treatment options exist for methadone as well. Many users struggling with addiction to this drug engage in a mixture of inpatient services followed by a 12-step program. Those who explore inpatient treatment for methadone abuse will stay at their addiction treatment facility for anywhere from 30 to 90 days. During their stay, they'll have the opportunity to detox in a safe environment. As part of their treatment, addicts can begin to build the healthy habits they need to prevent future relapse. By working 12-step programs after finishing their inpatient treatment, many addicts achieve true freedom from addiction. These programs are often designed to keep former addicts engaged during their recovery and active in their new way of life. Methadone is one of the many tools we can use as a society to help people struggling with addiction to opiates gain freedom from addiction. Freedom From Addiction can also assist them by encouraging anyone struggling with addiction treatment to reach out for help. Together, we can work to remove the stigma surrounding those in recovery. Call us, we can help.
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