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How A Better Today Recovery Services Treats Methadone Addiction

Methadone is a synthetic opioid drug that is used for both pain management and medication-assisted therapy for those who are struggling with opioid addiction. Methadone’s long half-life, or the amount of time that the drug works within the body make it effective in blocking off pain and staving off opioid cravings for up to 36 hours.

Methadone is effective for those who have a high tolerance to pain medications or have severe pain issues. Although methadone can be helpful in opioid maintenance therapy, it also has a potential and considerable risk for abuse. Unfortunately, because methadone is a rather strong opioid compared to others, it is possible for an individual to overdose unintentionally. Methadone comes in either liquid or pill form.

For those who are prescribed methadone for addiction treatment of, they will most likely be given liquid methadone. Methadone can corrupt the mind in the same way as other opioid medications or illicit drugs if it is abused.

Methadone clinics that supply the drug to those who are combating an opioid addiction often require the individual to come in 5-6 days a week until trust has been established to avoid abuse or diversion, many times these clinics have level systems that go based off program compliance, attendance and drug tests coming up clean. Some individuals benefit greatly from methadone programs, while others may divert or sell their drugs on the street to trade for others.

Methadone can be one of the hardest addictions to overcome on your own. If you or someone you love find themselves addicted to methadone, please give us a call today.

What is Methadone?

Methadone is a long-acting synthetic opioid and works by changing the way the brain responds to pain. It can help to greatly prevent withdrawal symptoms from other opioids as well as reduce craving significantly. Methadone is sold under the brand name Dolophine.

It was developed in Germany in 1937 and approved by the United States in 1947. Methadone is currently listed in the United States as a Schedule II drug; it’s used as a medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependency in all but 3 states. Methadone can be abused by ingesting, snorting, and injecting. Developing an addiction to methadone can happen rather quickly and result in escalated tolerance.

Once the body becomes physically dependent on the medication, the real trouble begins. Methadone is one of the most difficult opioid medications to withdraw from, and compared to other opioids, has a long withdrawal period of 30 days to 3 months.

Drug and Alcohol Interventions for Methadone Abuse

If someone you love is abusing methadone, it can be very difficult to witness. The signs of methadone abuse are often obvious and as an individual begins to use more of the drug, it can have a devastating impact on not only their lives but the people around them.

The good news is that regardless of how terrible things may seem, there is hope and every family has many choices in how to approach their loved one’s addiction. One of those choices is intervention. An individual who is battling an addiction to methadone can greatly benefit from a drug and alcohol intervention.

Interventions are highly effective and geared towards breaking down the walls of denial by allowing family and close friends to express their concern and offer the gift of treatment that can help save their lives. Your loved one can get the help that they need today.

How is Methadone Utilized for Substance Abuse Treatment?

Methadone has a long half-life, meaning that its effects last for a significant amount of time in the body. Because of this, methadone is often used in the treatment of opioid dependency. One dose of methadone can prevent an individual from experiencing opioid craving and withdrawal for up to 36 hours.

Methadone can be used in short or long-term treatment of opioid dependency. Methadone is given daily doses and is usually dispensed in liquid form when used to treat opioid dependence. When on a steady, appropriate dose, without abuse or diversion, methadone can be effective as medication-assisted therapy.

It can help stop the cycle of drug-seeking behaviors and help an individual stabilize themselves so that they may be able to begin the process of recovery. Methadone treatment is known to most effective when coupled with individual or group therapy and should never be used alone to treat opioid dependency.

Common Behaviors Associated With Methadone Addiction

Methadone is one of the stronger opioids that are used as medications today. If an individual is abusing methadone, they will usually have a very difficult time staying awake and keeping their eyes open during the normal day to day activities—for example, your loved one may frequently almost fall asleep when driving.

Overall, a person may seem constantly drowsy and often become less active in their lives. Many individuals share that while using methadone, they experience intense sugar cravings which can result in weight gain. If an individual has the tendency to gain weight while on methadone, it can be very difficult to lose weight without completely stopping the drug.

When an individual abuses methadone, one dose will normally keep them from craving and withdrawal for about 24 hours but once withdrawal kicks in, it’s known as one of the most difficult and painful drugs to withdrawal from.

The Dangers Associated with Methadone Abuse

Signs & Symptoms

One of the most telling signs that can indicate methadone abuse is increased fatigue and sleepiness. When an individual is using methadone, especially at high doses, they can be drowsy much of time, and in extreme cases may even fall asleep while driving.

Eyes may become heavy, pinpointed, and glassy. For those who are newly abusing methadone, they may experience increased nausea and vomiting.

Methadone is also known to cause constipation, labored breathing, disorientation, muscle twitches, limp muscles, general weakness, cold, clammy skin, and dizziness.

These signs and symptoms tend to get worse as the individual begins to abuse methadone at higher doses.

Withdrawal

Methadone withdrawal symptoms are the same as the classic symptoms an individual would experience with other opioids drugs, and symptoms include a runny nose, yawning, watery eyes, fatigue, depression, goosebumps, profuse sweating, anxiety, twitching, restlessness, and agitation.

Compared to the withdrawal of other opioids, Methadone withdrawal lasts longer and can be more severe. Those who have prescribed medication in the treatment of opioid therapy can be slowly tapered off the drug over time to avoid any discomfort.

If not done on a taper plan, and if stopped abruptly, Methadone withdrawal can last up to 3 months.

Overdose

Methadone is an opioid that is incredibly strong and even in small doses, Methadone can easily cause an individual to overdose if they do not have a high opioid tolerance.

If an individual finds themselves using the methadone liquid, it can be very difficult to tell how much of the medication they are ingesting.

The signs and symptoms of methadone overdose are confusion, disorientation, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, involuntary muscle twitches, drop in blood pressure, cold skin, faint pulse and can eventually induce an individual into a coma.

Death occurs after the brain has lost oxygen due to an inability to breathe.

FAQ

What is Methadone?

Methadone is a synthetic opiate analgesic that is used a substitute drug in the treatment of Morphine and Heroin addiction.

What is Methadone’s origin?

During WWII there was a shortage of Morphine, which was used medicinally at the time. German scientists created Methadone, and it was introduced in the United States shortly after as a pain reliever.

What are Methadone’s common street names?

Methadose, Maria, Fizzies, Amidone, Pastora, Wafer, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Salvia, Dolls, Chocolate Chip Cookies.

How is Methadone abused?

Methadone can be swallowed, snorted, or injected.

What is Methadone’s effect on the mind?

Methadone causes psychological dependence.

What Is Methadone’s effect on the body?

Methadone use puts the person at risk of becoming tolerant, which leads to physical dependence. Additionally, the user may experience sleepiness sweating, and itchy skin.

What are Methadone’s overdose effects?

Methadone’s overdose effects include convulsions, stomach spasms, blue fingernails, blue lips, clammy skin, coma, weak pulse, slow/shallow breathing, and possible death.

Which Drugs cause similar effects as Methadone?

Methadone shares similar characteristics as Morphine and Heroin, and have practically identical signs of intoxication.

What are the withdrawal effects of Methadone detox?

When the user stops taking Methadone, he/she could experience withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, muscle tremors, diarrhea, and anxiety. Methadone withdrawals are said to be some of the worst opioid drug withdrawals out of all the opioid substances.

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Providing Quality Treatment for Methadone Addictions

For methadone addiction, individualized treatment is the best course to take to begin the path to recovery. Individualized treatment can help you start off the road to recovery right and get back control of your life by addressing the root cause of addiction.

In many instances, addiction is linked to unresolved issues of past trauma, or there is an underlying co-occurring disorder of which the person is unaware.

Individualized treatment is a way to ensure that your needs are addressed, and you get treated as an individual. At A Better Today Recovery Services, we understand that what may work for one person, may not work for the other. When you come into our facilities, you will have experienced clinical and support staff to help you through each of the stages of treatment.

We understand how difficult detox from a strong opioid such as a methadone can be, and we are committed to making your experience here at A Better Today Recovery Services as comfortable as possible.

When you begin attending groups, you will be immersed in a healthy, therapeutic environment where you can meet other peers to share your story with, encouraging and supporting each other along the way.

A Better Today Recovery Services also offers individual therapy, where you can process more private issues one on one with a master-level clinician, many of whom have been in your shoes.

Overall, we want you to understand that there is life after addiction to methadone and you can succeed in recovery. Give us a call today!

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