Does Methadone Treatment Trade One Addiction for Another?
If you are considering a Methadone maintenance program to help you overcome opioid use, you may want to know: does Methadone treatment trade one addiction to another?
How Methadone Works
Methadone is an opioid agonist and works to imitate the neurotransmitter in the brain and prevents other opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Heroin from taking effect. Methadone blocks the euphoric effects and it will also reduce cravings as well as reduce/prevent withdrawal symptoms from other opiates.
Methadone is a controlled substance, is a opiate narcotic and is available from a physician, hospital or authorized clinic setting.
Potential for Methadone Abuse
As with other opiates, there is a potential for Methadone abuse. Depending on the severity of Methadone abuse withdrawal symptoms may begin within a few hours after the drug is no longer used. Typical side effects from Methadone withdrawal include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Hallucinations and confusion
- Anxiety/mood swings
Tolerance to the drug may develop as a result of chronic and excessive use. Tolerance means that it will take more of the drug to achieve similar results as with previous use. Combining Methadone with Heroin, Valium and other anti-depressants and antihistamines can be dangerous, slowing breathing and lead to cardiac arrest. It is important that you discuss all medications with your physician before beginning Methadone maintenance.
Alternative to Methadone
If you are worried does Methadone treatment will trade one addiction for another; there are many alternatives to Methadone for stopping opiate abuse. If you are taking prescription painkillers, you could speak with your doctor about tapering off your current medication. It is not a good idea to try to quit opiate abuse cold turkey because for some people the side effects of withdrawal can be dangerous and require medical attention.
Most doctors suggest that patient seek the assistance of a professional inpatient medical detox such as from a hospital or private detox facility. An inpatient detox program will allow the individual to check into a hospital or facility to detox and get well. A benefit to inpatient detox treatment is that the individual is under medical supervision. The method used for detox is also something to consider.
Most hospital detox treatments use oral medications that are not always effective at offering relief from withdrawal symptoms. One of the benefits to Methadone maintenance is that it controls withdrawal and reduces cravings.
An alternative to Methadone maintenance and oral medications in hospitals is IV therapy. IV therapy incorporates intravenous medications which are immediately effective in controlling withdrawal and keeping the patient comfortable.
Gallus Detox Center is a private detox facility that specializes in IV therapy for opiate detox. Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929 to see how we can help you overcome opiate abuse.