Methadone is a synthetic form of opioid used in treating serious pains. It is mostly used to cure a dependency on heroin and other opioids.
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. The commonly abused morphine and hydrocodone are also few of the schedule 2 drugs.
In order to reduce the unpleasant side effects of quitting opiates and prevent a relapse, Methadone attaches itself to the same receptors that morphine and heroin attach themselves to.
Abuse Of Methadone
It is more readily available than other drugs because it is designed to cure drug dependence. What makes it a good curative is exactly what makes it lethally addictive, it similarity in brain target with other opiates. The euphoric effects that are experienced by users of heroin, and morphine will not be available with Methadone because it has been formulated to work in the opposite direction and this drug is capable of blocking the pleasurable sensations which are delivered by other opiates. Although it is not as potent as heroin, more people are still abusing this drug.
Any instance of use beyond the prescribed amount is considered as substance abuse.
Those who have a prior problem with opiates, like heroin, are at an increased risk of forming a Methadone dependency when they start taking it to treat their dependency.
Addicted To Methadone
Methadone use often starts in good faith, to curb an addiction to other opiates. In any case, like other sedatives, addiction to Methadone is a very basic reaction.
Though it doesn't give the euphoric high, it offers relief from unpleasant sensations. As the body adapts to the constant use of Methadone its effects are diminished hence desired results can only be achieved with higher doses.
Methadone And Other Drugs
Just like alcohol, Methadone can cause negative reactions with other substances in the body, since it decreases the body's vital and functional operations. A number of people who are struggling with Methadone addiction also fall within the category of alcoholics. One can fail to breathe and suffer from hypotension because the mixture of alcohol and Methadone is very lethal.
Patients are not prescribed to utilize Methadone with some other substance. For e.g. some home cures such as St. John's Wort. You should seek assistance today if you or a loved one is suffering from Methadone addiction.
Poison deaths due to Methadone are alarmingly increasing and the statistics show an increase from 790 to 5,420 between 1999 and 2006 (thought to be connected to the medication's high dose usage as a pain management drug).
More than seven hundred thousand prescriptions of Methadone for pain relief were written in 2008.
Between 2000 and 2001 the number of people that were treated for abuse of other opiates, which includes Methadone increased from 28,235 to 36,265.
Methadone is a main culprit in 33% pain management related over sedative deaths.
Overcoming A Methadone Addiction
It is no easy task to cure a Methadone addiction. It can be an uphill battle trying to quit Methadone without any assistance due to the sheer unpleasantness of the side effects, since it is well-known for being as potent as heroin. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 for help overcoming your addiction.