Can You Still take Heroin While Getting Methadone Treatment?
The goal is to be drug free. So, you began Methadone treatment to help you quit heroin addiction, but now you are concerned. Can you still take heroin while getting Methadone treatment?
Using Methadone to Quit Heroin Addiction
Understanding how Methadone works in drug detox and addiction treatment is important. Methadone is a full opioid agonist. An agonist drug works to mimic the effects of neurotransmitter in the brain. In addictive drugs such as Heroin, dopamine is the neurotransmitter that is targeted. When you use Heroin, it is the release of dopamine that gives that euphoric, happy feeling. Methadone will reduce physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings during detox from Heroin and other opiate drugs as well. Furthermore, if you take Heroin while getting Methadone treatment, the Methadone will block the euphoric effects of the Heroin.
Trading One Addiction for Another
For many Methadone users, there is the added concern that they are simply trading one addiction for another. It is true that chronic, long-term use of Methadone will lead to tolerance and dependency. Tolerance occurs because your body becomes accustomed to the drug and it needs more to achieve the same effect. Dependency occurs when you cannot make it through the day without taking the drug. When Methadone is taken for a short period of time – through Heroin withdrawal – and then stopped, there is minimal risk for dependency. In this case, Methadone is very effective in assisting persons to become Heroin free. Unfortunately Methadone’s success rate is low because most people do not stop taking the drug and they ultimately end up trading one addiction for another by becoming addicted to Methadone. Although the length of time in a Methadone maintenance program can range from a few months to 3 years there are reports of individuals never stopping Methadone maintenance – which is the reason for the low success rates.
Alternative to Methadone Treatment
An alternative to Methadone treatment to end Heroin addiction is an inpatient medical detox and the best method is via intravenous (IV) therapy. An inpatient program will allow you to get the rest you need while detoxing from Heroin. IV therapy medical detox is fast acting and the fact that medications go directly into the blood stream means that you will remain comfortable throughout the process and experience minimal (if any) withdrawal side effects. Need more information about taking Heroin while getting Methadone treatment? Gallus Detox Center can help! Our admission team specialists are here to answer your questions. Call us today at 855-338-6929.