Methadone is a synthetic opioid often used to treat addiction to narcotics like heroin and morphine. It is also used for the management of chronic pain. Methadone has effects similar to morphine-based drugs, but those effects last longer, which means they need be administered only once a day in detoxification programs. The downside is that methadone can also cause physical dependency. Many users report having an incredibly hard time quitting methadone, and tolerance to the drug is often a major problem. Treatment can be difficult, as methadone is often considered a form of treatment in itself. However, inpatient rehabilitation, therapy, and support groups can help with recovery.
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About Methadone Addiction
Methadone addiction can sneak up on the user, as a regular use of the drug can cause serious dependency problems. It is used in methadone programs, but it can also be found on the street and many people use it illegally to deal with withdrawal from narcotics. Regular use of methadone will result in physical dependency, and withdrawal from the drug is similar to withdrawal from narcotics like heroin and morphine. Use of methadone can result in side effects like fatigue, dry mouth, drowsiness, light-headedness, skin reactions, difficulty breathing and urinating, and constipation. It can be especially dangerous if the addict is taking other drugs while using methadone, as methadone can interact with other drugs and alcohol.
Treatment of Methadone Addiction
Treatment for methadone addiction requires the user to stop using methadone entirely. While methadone is often used as treatment for narcotics addictions, trying to stop using methadone itself means avoiding opioids completely. Because there are physical withdrawal symptoms when use of methadone is discontinued, it is important to undergo detoxification in a safe, medically supervised environment. Inpatient rehabilitation is suggested, and anywhere from one month to three months of inpatient treatment is normal, depending on the addict and how long they feel they need. Treatment for methadone addiction also focuses strongly on therapy and dealing with any psychological issues that are behind the addiction. Many addicts simply replace their addiction with something else, and methadone is at fault in many of these cases.
Post-Rehabilitation of Methadone Addiction
Post-rehabilitation of methadone addiction requires complete sobriety. Methadone is an extremely hard drug to stop using, and it's important to acknowledge that. After withdrawal and rehabilitation, the addiction is still there, but it doesn't have to take over one's life. The addict should remain in psychological therapy, and since methadone is often used for physical issues, the addict will very often benefit from physical therapy as well. Finding new, natural ways to ease pain and keep your body healthy is a big part of post rehabilitation.
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