Methadone Addiction And Women

Women May Benefit From Specialized Treatment For Methadone Addiction

Plenty of women struggle everyday with opiate addiction and think they’ve found a solution by taking the opiate replacement drug Methadone. What many do not realize, and often aren’t told, is that this "replacement" or "substitution" approach to treating addiction just perpetuates their dependence to opiates.

Methadone and Suboxone are popular medications prescribed to treat addiction to drugs such as OxyContin, Heroin and Vicodin. They are meant to prevent or delay withdrawal and opiate cravings and are deemed by many to have less abuse and addiction potential.

But plenty of people stay on these medications for years, extending the physical dependencies they wanted to kick. Abuse is also possible with Methadone and people may become full-blown addicted. Other options for opiate treatment, which may offer more immediate solutions, include detox, rehab and rapid opiate detoxification.

Why Are Women More Vulnerable To Painkiller Addiction?

Experts say that women may be more prone to becoming dependent upon prescription painkillers. This is due in part to complex biological processes and because women are more likely to receive prescriptions for these drugs in the first place. They are thought to suffer more chronic pain because of injury, surgery or illness. Migraines and menstrual cramps are sometimes treated with opiates.

By nature, women are more emotional creatures and this can make them more sensitive to opiate dependence. Their issues may be rooted in emotional pain and suffering for any number of reasons, such as past trauma and abuse. This can make them much more vulnerable to the pleasurable and numbing effects of opiates.

Additional Risks For Pregnant Women

Prescription painkiller addiction is more dangerous for women because of pregnancy. There has been an explosion in recent years of babies born addicted to opiates. The fallout from this may not be fully known at this time because experts aren’t sure of the long-term effects of opiate exposure in utero. These drugs can affect birth weight and cause defects and other long-term problems.

The use of opiates during pregnancy jeopardizes the health of the mother and unborn child. But stopping cold turkey can be even more dangerous because of opiate withdrawal symptoms. The current treatment for pregnant women dependent on opiates is Methadone. This means that women who use opiates and become pregnant should speak to a doctor about options for managing this problem during pregnancy.

The Approach For Treating Dependent Females May Be Different

Women need and deserve highly specialized care when it comes to treating Methadone addiction, especially during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, your options will be limited. For others, there are plenty of programs that can help you to detox in a comfortable way. Minimizing withdrawal is key to helping women through this process.

Treating the physical opiate dependency is not enough. To have long-term success with opiate abstinence, women should seek out a program that offers therapy to address the psychological aspect as well.

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