Methadone Addiction Treatment
Methadone is unfortunately often promoted as a treatment for heroin and other opiate addicts, and it has been increasingly prescribed for chronic pain patients. The reality of the situation is that methadone-related deaths have dramtically risen throughout the country and withdrawal from methadone is much more severe than from other opiates.
Contact us today to speak with a counselor that can help find a treatment center for someone dealing with methadone addiction.
While there are no hard statistics to be found on the real number of people abusing or addicted to methadone, some estimates show that there are minimally 250,000 current methadone clinic clients, but there are at least as many more people who buy it off the street and use or abuse it while also taking other opiates.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid nacotic that has very strong painkilling effects and is also a very highly addictive substance. Methadone is administered orally through pills or in a liquid form.
Methadone has a longer half-life than other opiates and its effects can last 24 hours. However, as tolerance to the drug builds and dosage increases then the buid-up of methadone toxicity can become deadly.
Methadone Addiction Help
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We do not condone methadone treatment for opiate addicts due to the sheer number of deaths associated with this drug that have been increasing in recent years. In addition, the withdrawal effects are more intense and can last much longer. Periods of disturbed sleep after methadone withdrawal can last more than a month.
Other withdrawal symptoms from methadone addiction include sever aches and pains, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, cold sweats and sleeplessness. Due to the severity of some of these effects, a medical detox center may be required before inpatient treatment can begin.
Methadone may cause slowed breathing and irregular heartbeat which may be life-threatening. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: difficulty breathing; extreme drowsiness; slow, shallow breathing; fast, slow, pounding or irregular heartbeat; faintness; severe dizziness; or confusion.
Symptoms of overdose may include: small, pinpoint pupils, slow or shallow breathing, drowsiness, cool, clammy, or blue skin loss of consciousness, coma, or limp muscles.
Methadone-related deaths have increase from a few hundred per year a decade ago to several thousand per year today. This dramatic increase has led methadone to be the deadliest drug in several states.
Contact us today if you or someone you know needs methadone addiction treatment and would like to find a treatment center that is successful.