Effects and Consequences of Methadone Addiction

methadone addiction

Long-term Methadone use causes Methadone addiction and/or dependency. Methadone is a synthetic substance with pharmacological properties similar to morphine and heroin. Doctors prescribe methadone for patients with severe pain, such as those with serious injuries or those who have undergone major surgery. Some also prescribe it to treat addiction to heroin or other opioids as an opiate replacement/substitute.

Methadone works in the brain to decrease the sensation of pain and to mute the emotional response to pain.

Methadone is a powerful narcotic used as a substitution therapy to help detox and wean patients from heroin, codeine and other opiates. Essentially, a legal dependency (methadone) substitutes for an illegal dependency (heroin). Methadone is available in government-approved drug treatment clinics and by prescription in some areas. Though it has shown success in treating addiction, Methadone itself can be addictive and may require a second detox.

The synthetic opioid was developed in Germany in the 1940s as a response to the drastic increase in the cases of heroin addiction during World War II. The narcotic pain reliever reduces withdrawal symptoms of addiction without causing users to get high. Methadone is long-acting and helps block the euphoric rush from other narcotics such as Fentanyl, heroin, and OxyContin.

The government strictly controls and regulates Methadone dispensing. Opiates attach to opiate receptors in the body and can alter reward centers in the brain, leading to physical addiction. Methadone addiction is the physical dependence that leads to chronic use despite negative consequences.
 

Signs of Methadone Addiction

Tolerance and dependence to Methadone can take hold quickly. While it may be ideal for maintenance therapy, it is not the right treatment for users looking to become completely opiate-free. Withdrawal symptoms with Methadone are a sure sign of physical dependence. Professionals consider symptoms less severe than with morphine or heroin but last longer, sometimes 2 weeks to 6 months. Methadone withdrawal can cause the following problems: lightheadedness, sneezing, vomiting, delusions, paranoia, elevated blood pressure, suicidal ideation, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, aches and pain, tremors, depression, prolonged insomnia, delirium, hallucinations, agitation, and anxiety.
 

How to Prevent Methadone Addiction

Patients taking methadone to treat an existing addiction should take the drug exactly as prescribed. Users shouldn’t use it in larger doses than what is prescribed or more frequently than prescribed by a doctor. In addition, diverting methadone for non-medical use is very dangerous. When dealing with highly-potent opioid medications, doctors should always carefully monitor the patient and periodically re-evaluate the therapy and prescription dosages.

Since methadone is as addictive as morphine and heroin, care must be taken to follow the doctor’s instructions. Do not take larger doses, take it more frequently, or take it for longer than the doctor has prescribed. Methadone is one of the most difficult drugs to detox from since its effects are long-lasting and it is readily stored in the body’s tissue.

The addiction creeps up quickly and once you have an addiction to Methadone, chances are it’s too late to find an easy solution to get off Methadone.
 

Waismann Method of Rapid Detox for Methadone

Waismann Method detox treatment is a renowned rapid detox program that has been lauded for its success rate in treating methadone addiction. The medical team provides treatment in a fully-accredited hospital in Orange County, Ca., Thus, staff monitor patients around the clock in the comfort of their private rooms. During the anesthesia assisted methadone detoxification, patients  rest comfortably under sedation while our multi board certified medical director precipitates the withdrawal and cleanses the methadone from the opiate receptors. Accelerated withdrawal symptoms occur within a couple of hours instead of days, as with traditional methods.

Our Methadone Rapid Detox Offers:

  •  Full service accredited JCAHO hospital.
  • Access to various medical specialists and experts.
  • Private rooms that allows individualized attention, extra comfort and privacy.
  • Almost two decades of experience in treating all dosages of Methadone.
  • Quadrupled Board Certified Medical Director: Addiction Medicine, Pain Management, Anesthesiology and Regenerative Medicine.
  • Around-the-clock professional care for 5 to 10 days inpatient. including hospital and recovery center.

If safety and effectiveness are your priorities, Waismann Method Medical Group should be your only choice.

Since the late 90s, we have assisted thousands of individuals in achieving a healthy recovery from opiate addiction. Our mission has been to detox patients humanely, safely and successfully. Through the years our multi-board certified physicians have utilized the most advanced medical resources and facilities. We realize that every individual has an unique history and profile. For that reason, we create individualized treatment programs that serve each patient’s needs.

For more information on our treatment for Methadone addiction, call us today at 310-205-0808

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