How Does Methadone Addiction Occur?
Methadone is used in opiate addiction treatment and is also an opiate. If you are considering Methadone maintenance for opiate abuse, you may want to know how does Methadone addiction occur and ways you can prevent trading one addiction for another.
How Methadone is Effective
Methadone is an opioid narcotic. Although it can be used for pain, more often it is used to help individuals overcome opiate addiction such as to heroin or a prescription painkiller like OxyContin or Vicodin.
Methadone acts as an opioid agonist. An agonist will mimic, or act like the neurotransmitter in the brain preventing other opiates from taking effect. In short, it blocks the euphoric high from other opiates and it will also reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms during the detox from other drugs.
As with other narcotic opiates, there is a risk for dependency and addiction when taking Methadone. Tolerance may develop more rapidly than with other opiates making it difficult to stop Methadone dependency on your own.
Dealing with Methadone Addiction
Methadone remains active in the body for up to 60 hours, which is why developing a tolerance and dependency is so dangerous. Tolerance means that it will take more of the drug with each use to achieve the same effects as before. Increasing the amount of Methadone will create a buildup of the drug in the system that can be toxic and lead to overdose.
The side effects for Methadone withdrawal may begin more quickly, even as soon as a few hours after the last time the drug was used. Depending on the severity of Methadone use, most people experience:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Hallucinations and confusion
- Anxiety/mood swings
Although Methadone is used for opioid detox, taking it with Heroin is dangerous. Combining Methadone with over-the-counter antihistamines, anti-depressants and Valium (in particular) can slow breathing and cause cardiac arrest. If you are thinking of using Methadone maintenance for opiate detox it is important that you discuss all medications with your doctor.
Detox for Methadone Addiction
Although very effective for opioid detox, one of the reasons Methadone addiction occurs is that there is little supervision for persons taking it and not a lot of encouragement to stop taking it. There have been many case studies on use of the drug indicating that a large number of users have been taking Methadone for more than 20 years.
If you have developed an addiction to Methadone and need help stopping, there are some options available to you, but perhaps the most recommended treatment is inpatient medical detox which you can receive in a hospital or private facility.
Most doctors suggest detoxing from Methadone addiction through a private facility that offers IV therapy medical detox because of its abilities to control withdrawal symptoms and keep the patient comfortable.
Gallus Detox Center can help you detox from Methadone addiction. To learn more about IV therapy medical detox and our facility call us today at 855-338-6929.