What is Methadone?
Methadone is a synthetic opioid from the narcotic family with potent analgesic effects. It is comparative with morphine.
How Methadone evolved?
Used medically as an analgesic and anti-addictive, it was developed in Germany in 1937. It arrived in the United States in 1947.
What is Methadone maintenance?
Methadone is a synthetic opiate, or opioid, manufactured by Mallinckrodt, Inc. for replacement therapy in the treatment of opiate dependence. Methadone maintenance is a form a therapy in which an individual ingests methadone on a daily basis to overcome the illicit use of opiate drugs.
What Methadone does?
Treats common pain, especially in the back. Methadone also reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the “high” associated with the drug addiction.
How long does it last?
Taken orally once a day, methadone suppresses narcotic withdrawal for between 24 and 36 hours.
Why is Methadone so addictive?
Although chemically unlike morphine or heroin, methadone also acts on the opioid receptors and thus produces many of the same effects. Many former heroin users have claimed that the horrors of heroin withdrawal were far less painful and stressful than withdrawal from methadone.
What are some disadvantages of methadone treatment?
If methadone is not taken on a daily basis as prescribed, a withdrawal syndrome similar to opiate withdrawal syndrome occurs. Too much methadone may cause over-sedation, and too little will be ineffective in controlling opiate withdrawal. Combining methadone with other drugs – including prescription drugs – can cause serious health problems. Patients are therefore required to cooperate in coordinating treatment with their other healthcare providers and to participate in random drug testing.
Unfortunately for many patients, this can then lead to having to cope with methadone withdrawal. For many patients, it can end up trading one nasty addiction for another.
Doctors and rehabilitation centers have brought methadone use to epidemic levels seemingly not taking into consideration the problems that can come with long-term use of it. In many cases, the symptoms of methadone withdrawal can be as severe as the withdrawal symptoms of the drug that the rehabilitation clinic is trying to wean the patient off of. Often this results in people having a tough time stopping their dependence on methadone and becoming addicted to it.
Some of the symptoms associated with methadone withdrawal are nutritional depletion, hypersensitivity to discomfort along with cramping, aches, insomnia and overall feelings of nervousness. It can also cause aches and pains that many people mistake for the pain and stress that resulted from previous accidents. In fact is can often take up to 4 times longer for a person to completely withdraw from methadone after an extended period of abuse than heroin.
Because methadone and the anxiety brought on by withdrawal tend to damage the lining of the stomach it can cause a lot of stomach pains that lead to irritability. The best way to deal with this is with nutrition; methadone use can cause the body to suffer from severe nutritional deficiency so the person who is coping with withdrawal should eat foods like yogurt that is high in probiotics and large quantities of glutathione which as an antioxidant will help with the detoxification process.
Because methadone is very toxic to the body it makes it very hard for the organs to detoxify your system, this is one of the reasons that heroin users develop the dark circles under their eyes, methadone can cause the same effect. The best way to cope with this and help your body to recover is to stick to very healthy and nutritious diet.
For many people, it is possible to complete methadone withdrawal by themselves and cope with their symptoms however detoxifying your body after a prolonged substance abuse is more than merely stopping the drug use. Since your body has become used to having the drug, it will try to repair itself once the substance is out of your body. To do this, it needs nutrients that it will take from every cell in your body. To make sure that there are no side effects such as damage to your nervous system or organs you must significantly increase your healthy dietary intake.
When it comes to getting off of methadone, it is vital to know it will take time. It does not happen overnight. This is tough because of the way our world is now, and we want everything right away. We want a quick fix if at all possible.
Many people want a quick fix when it comes to getting off methadone. They may think that trying to quit cold turkey is the best way to go. It is not suggested. It is important to come off of it slowly, especially if you have been using methadone for a long time or large dosages. Getting the right help will make the process a lot easier. During the process, the body needs to detox off the drug itself. Detox is having the body come down off the medication. It is not putting any more of the drug in your body. Rehab can take awhile depending on how long the drug has been used and how much has been used.
Going to an inpatient treatment center is one of the best options. This option is great because they have support and medical personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This allows the person is going through the treatment to have support and help anytime they need it. Having medical personnel all the time also allows them to watch the people who are detoxing and making sure that nothing out of the ordinary happens and is there to help when trying times come up.
Another thing about treatment centers is they want to make sure you are ready for the world when you are done. They do not want to release you until they feel and know you are ready to deal with the world outside the treatment center. They will release you when they see and feel you are ready. Some go through treatment faster than others. No one should compare themselves to someone else. It is when you compare yourself to someone who is doing better than you can slow the process down or even relapse.