Methadone is a synthetic form of opioid used in treating serious pains. It is more popularly used as a medication to combat heroin withdrawals.
Methadone is a medication which is used to curb cravings for other opiates but is also an addictive substance by itself.
Being designated as a schedule II drug the use of Methadone has been legalized but there is as well a high likelihood of users of the drug developing a dependence on the medication. The commonly abused morphine and hydrocodone are also few of the schedule 2 drugs.
It interacts with the same brain receptors just like heroin and morphine as it helps manage the symptoms brought about the latter drugs.
Methadone is not regulated as heavily as some other varieties because it is being utilized as a method to curb addiction and to reduce cravings. However, it also has the potential of being a potent opiate which has addictive qualities. 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.
The usage is considered abusive, if somebody utilizes more Methadone than the recommended dose, or utilize it without a specialist's prescription.
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.
Dependence on Methadone is an untouchable subject as individuals in the medicinal group consider it to be a fundamental necessity in helping heroin addicts recuperate. 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. As the body adapts to the constant use of Methadone its effects are diminished hence desired results can only be achieved with higher doses.
Drugs And Methadone
Methadone develop negative interactions with other substances like alcohol being a depressant. It is a notable fact that alcoholism and Methadone use go together. The combination of these two substances pose a fatal effect to the person as it lowers blood pressure and causes hypoventilation (respiratory depression).
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.
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).
In 2008 alone, 750,000 Methadone proscriptions were prescribed for pain management.
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.
Beating Your Methadone Addiction
It is no easy task to cure a Methadone addiction. Despite its being less potent compared to heroin and morphine, it still poses hard to beat withdrawal symptoms once hooked to it. Pick up your phone and contact us on 0800 772 3971 so we can help you on your road to recovery from Methadone abuse.