Methadone (methadone hydrochloride) has been used for many years to relieve pain and it is also used during opioid treatment. Many individuals struggling with prescription painkiller and heroin use turn to Methadone as a solution for overcoming their drug abuse or addiction, which can be very effective when used appropriately. However, when alcohol and methadone combine, it can be a very dangerous cocktail.
How Methadone Works
Methadone is an opiate analgesic and works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system (CNS) and stimulating the neurotransmitter dopamine, which produces a euphoric sensation. In a Methadone detox program, Methadone will remain active in the body for up to 60 hours, thereby preventing withdrawal symptoms from drugs such as Heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet. Moreover, we also offer a high dose methadone detox program for those with severe symptoms.
The Effects of Alcohol and Methadone Use
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Under the influence of alcohol, the individual may experience slurred speech, blurred vision, impaired motor control, memory loss, and impaired judgment and reaction. Research shows that chronic alcohol use will have an adverse effect on brain function. This can be permanent even if the individual stops drinking. Moreover, the long-term effects of alcohol use can result in organ damage including the liver, brain, and heart.
Danger of Combining Alcohol and Methadone
Methadone, like alcohol, depresses the central nervous system. When the two substances combine, the Methadone will increase the effects of the alcohol. Since Methadone is long-acting – up to a few days – it puts the individual at risk for overdose and can increase the risk of alcohol poisoning. Individuals under the influence of alcohol and Methadone may experience respiratory distress. Furthermore, they may experience low blood pressure, decreased heart rate, loss of consciousness, coma, and death.
The bottom line is that the consequences of using alcohol and methadone are just too high. These substances should not be combined.
Recovery from Alcohol and Methadone Abuse
The chances for a successful recovery from alcohol and methadone abuse are increased with the help of an inpatient alcohol detox program. Many doctors recommend IV therapy medical detox treatment. This will remove the chemical toxins from all the substances in the body. It will also control and, in most cases, eliminate painful withdrawal symptoms.
IV therapy medical detox usually lasts about seven to ten days – depending on the type of substance abuse and the severity of use. After successfully completing the detox treatment, it is a good idea to follow-up with a rehab program. Additionally, counseling or participation in a community support group such as a 12-Step program can help.
Combining alcohol and Methadone can result in dangerous side effects. If you are ready to get help for your substance abuse, Gallus Detox Center can help. Call us today at 888-228-9114.