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 double edged sword, stopping addictions of other opiates while posing a threat as a highly addictive drug on the other.
Because it is easy to get addicted to Methadone, even though using it is lawful, it has been classified as a Schedule II substance by the government of America. Morphine and hydrocodone have also been listed as Schedule II substances.
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.
Misuse Of Methadone
Since Methadone is utilized as an approach to check fixation and lessen desires, it isn't as vigorously controlled as different medications. What makes it a good curative is exactly what makes it lethally addictive, it similarity in brain target with other opiates. The effect of Methadone unlike other opiates is that of seizing pleasant feelings. Addicts will go to any length to feel the high, that is why they abuse Methadone.
The usage is considered abusive, if somebody utilizes more Methadone than the recommended dose, or utilize it without a specialist's prescription.
Heroin drug addicts who begin using Methadone to overcome their addiction are at an enhanced risk of abuse because they are already dependent on opioids.
Methadone addiction is considered as a taboo within the medical fraternity because it is viewed as a necessary aid to help in the recovery of heroin addicts. This is just an expected side-effect as any opium-based medical prescription.
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.
Methadone And Other Substances
Negative interactions are common with other drugs because Methadone is classified as a depressant and is also similar to alcohol, which has the same designation. Many people battling with a Methadone habit have a drink problem. This is a combination which can be called potentially deadly because the two have the capability of causing dangerously low hypotension and 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.
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.
An estimated 750,000 prescriptions for Methadone were given in 2008 alone.
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 accounts for approximately 33% of opiate pain reliever related overdose deaths.
Beating Your Methadone Dependency
It is no easy task to cure a Methadone addiction. It does not create severe addictions like highly addictive heroin, still it causes huge withdrawal manifestations and thus its difficult to overcome all alone. Pick up your phone and contact us on 0800 772 3971 so we can help you on your road to recovery from Methadone abuse.