Can You Become Addicted to Methadone?

Can You Become Addicted to Methadone?

Can you become addicted to Methadone? Absolutely! Methadone is used as a treatment for addiction, specifically opiate addiction. Methadone is from the opiate family of drugs and when it is not used as intended it can lead to dependency and addiction.

What is Methadone?

Methadone is an opioid. It is most commonly used in outpatient opiate detox and may be taken in a pill or liquid or it may be injected. Like other opiate drugs, there is a risk for dependency and addiction.

When used with other opiates, Methadone will compete with and block the other drug from reaching the opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system; preventing the other drug from being effective. The benefit of taking Methadone is that it helps the individual to be able to withstand withdrawal symptoms from other drugs such as OxyContin and Heroin.

Methadone Dependency and Addiction

Excessive use of Methadone will create a tolerance to the drug. Tolerance means that it will take more of the drug in order to achieve the same effects as with a previous dose. This is dangerous because Methadone will stay in the system for up to 60 hours. Constantly increasing the amount of Methadone taken can lead to overdose.

Chronic use will also lead to dependency. Dependency means that the individual needs the drug to get through the day and suddenly quitting will likely bring on withdrawal symptoms. Common Methadone withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hallucinations and confusion
  • Anxiety/mood swings
  • Respiratory problems
  • Irregular heart rate and chest pain
  • Loss of consciousness

It is dangerous to take Methadone with Benzodiazepines, especially Valium because it suppresses breathing. Certain anti-depressants can cause cardiac arrest when taken with Methadone. Before beginning a Methadone regimen you should discuss all the medications you take with your doctor.

 Methadone Detox and Recovery

Statistics indicate that if you become addicted to Methadone, it is more difficult to treat than other substances. Most physicians discourage trying to quit on your own or cold turkey and strongly recommend an inpatient medical detox.

Inpatient medical detox is available in traditional hospital and private facilities. The primary difference between the two is quality of care and privacy, but also the effectiveness of the medication. Most hospital medical detox programs rely on oral medication that takes time for the body to utilize, during which time the patient will be forced to endure withdrawal symptoms.

On the other hand, there are many benefits to a private medical detox that uses IV therapy medical detox such as immediate relief from withdrawal. This is because unlike oral medications, IV therapy does directly into the blood stream where it is fast-acting.

Would you like more information about private medical detox and IV therapy? Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929 to learn more about our facility and Methadone detox.

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