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For years, methadone has been commonly used to treat patients addicted to heroin or other opiates. If used as prescribed—and in tandem with counseling and therapy programs—methadone can be an effective way of helping people through their opiate addiction treatment. However, it’s an addictive substance. If used in a way other than prescribed, people can find themselves dealing with another substance abuse problem Methadone Addiction
Methadone is helpful for patients dealing with an opiate addiction because methadone itself is an opiate. Opiates dampen how much pain the central nervous system feels, allowing people to ease their painful experience. That’s why opiate-based medications such as morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone are prescribed to patients in extreme physical distress.
However, there’s a difference between methadone and other opiates. Most other opiates create a sense of euphoria, which gives users a blissful feeling. Methadone doesn’t give patients that high. All the medication does is block the pain so patients can make it through the most painful parts of their addiction treatment.
Even though methadone doesn’t cause the same high as other opiates, methadone addiction can cause the same problems as other opiate addictions. If used properly, people aren’t likely to develop a methadone addiction. However, one instance of methadone misuse can lead to severe medical problems. People who overdose on methadone even once can experience slowed heart rate and breathing, muscle weakness, drowsiness, and fainting.
Regular methadone abuse will often lead to addiction. Once they’re addicted, the odds of dying due to a methadone overdose will greatly increase. Plus, once a patient attempts to stop using, they’re going to experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:
Although these symptoms aren’t life threatening, they can lead people back to drug abuse. That’s why it’s important for people to seek help when trying to stop their methadone addiction—even if that addiction started at an addiction treatment center.
When dealing with methadone addiction, it’s important to enter a treatment center familiar with opiate abuse. Addictive substances will affect the body in different ways. Although methadone affects the body differently than other opiates, it’s still beneficial for methadone abusers to seek help at treatment centers specializing in opiate addiction treatment. That’s where Beaches Recovery can help.
Located in beautiful Jacksonville Beach, Florida, people struggling with methadone addiction will be around trained professionals familiar with opiates and their effect on the body. Our staff can help them through the most difficult physical challenges. Along with that, we offer treatment programs that help our patients understand their addiction and deal with life outside of the treatment center without relying on addictive substances.
If you or a loved one are dealing with methadone addiction, there are treatment options available. Beaches Recovery has the programs and trained staff you need to attain sobriety. Don’t keep struggling with addiction alone. Call Beaches Recovery at 866-605-0532 to talk about your treatment options today.