Methadone is a synthetic opioid prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be commonly used to treat opiate addictions, especially addiction to heroin. Methadone acts to stabilize patients and minimize withdrawal symptoms from illicit drugs.
Methadone is a federally designated Schedule II drug, meaning it has a legitimate legal use but also a high likelihood of its users developing a dependence.
While methadone is used as a way to curb addiction and reduce cravings, it isn’t as heavily regulated as other drugs. However, it is still a powerful opiate with potentially addictive qualities. People who begin using methadone to overcome a heroin addiction are at a higher risk of abuse because of a history of opioid dependency.
Methadone does not create the same euphoric effects as heroin or morphine because it is designed to do the opposite. The drug is formulated to block the pleasurable sensations of other opiates. In spite of this, some people still take methadone illegally in search of a high.
Addiction to methadone can be a controversial topic, since many in the medical community see it as a necessary aid in helping heroin addicts recover. As with any opiate, addiction is an all-too-common side effect. An addiction to methadone can come about because the drug eases a user’s pain.
Methadone and Other Drugs
Methadone is a depressant and can cause negative interactions with other drugs, especially alcohol. People struggling with a methadone addiction tend to also be alcoholics. This is a potentially deadly combination as the two together can pose dangerously health risks.
It is never recommended to use methadone with any other substance, even some herbal remedies (particularly St. John’s Wort). If you or someone you know has an addiction to methadone or any other substance, get help now.
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Overcoming Your Methadone Addiction
Methadone can be very challenging to quit. Withdrawal symptoms can be significant and can be hard to overcome on your own. Call us to find help now in your fight to overcome methadone addiction.