Methadone is an opioid of the synthetic nature and is prescribed for patients who could be suffering from moderate to severe pain and is available in the form of a pill. It is basically used as a treatment for different opiate addictions with a special preference being made to heroin.
Methadone is a medication which is used to curb cravings for other opiates but is also an addictive substance by itself.
Despite its potential for abuse, Methadone is a schedule 2 drug that has legal medical application. Morphine and hydrocodone have also been listed as Schedule II substances.
It targets the same areas of the brain as other opiates hence easing withdrawal.
Misuse Of Methadone
Just like any other prescription drug, Methadone is highly regulated. However, it also has the potential of being a potent opiate which has addictive qualities. Methadone does not produce a state of elation similar to heroin or morphine and the drug is intended to do the inverse; the medication is planned to obstruct the sensations of happiness produced by different sedatives. Addicts that are looking to get high still use Methadone in spite of this fact.
Any instance of use beyond the prescribed amount is considered as substance abuse.
Individuals who utilize Methadone to beat their heroin dependency are at a higher danger of mishandling the drug since they have a strong history of opioid abuse.
Dependency On Methadone
Methadone use often starts in good faith, to curb an addiction to other opiates. Regardless of this, the reality is that Methadone is addictive, just like any other opiate.
Its ability to relieve pain is a major factor that leads many people to become dependent. They start taking the substance in increased quantities because the efficacy starts to diminish over time.
Methadone And Other Substances
Just like alcohol, Methadone can cause negative reactions with other substances in the body, since it decreases the body's vital and functional operations. Addiction to more than one depressant at a time is not uncommon e.g. Methadone addiction and alcoholism. One can fail to breathe and suffer from hypotension because the mixture of alcohol and Methadone is very lethal.
A number of herbal treatments, like St. John's Wort, are also not safe to use with Methadone. Contact us to help an addict near you.
From 1996 to 2006, there has been a spike in Methadone related fatalities (the spike is suspected to have been caused by an increased intake due to its pain relieving abilities) from 790 to 5,420.
When it comes to killing pain, 750,000 prescriptions were handed out for Methadone in 2008.
There was spike from 28,235 to 36,265 when it came to individuals who were seeking medical care for opiate addiction, which included Methadone, between 2000 and 2001.
Methadone accounts for approximately 33% of opiate pain reliever related overdose deaths.
Overcoming A Methadone Addiction
Methadone, similar to some other sedative is extremely difficult to stop. It does not create severe addictions like highly addictive heroin, still it causes huge withdrawal manifestations and thus its difficult to overcome all alone. We will help you beat your Methadone dependency when you contact us today on 0800 772 3971.