Methadone Addiction

Methadone addiction and/or dependency is caused by long term intake of Methadone. Methadone is a synthetic substance with pharmacological properties similar to morphine and heroin. Methadone is prescribed for patients with severe pain, such as those with serious injuries or those who have undergone major surgery. It is also prescribed to treat addiction to heroin or other opioids as an opiate replacement/substitute.

Methadone works in the brain to decrease the sensation of pain and to mute the emotional response to pain. It comes as tablets, dispersible tablets, liquid, and liquid concentrate. Patients take it every 3-4 hours for severe pain and every 6-8 hours for chronic pain.

Methadone is a powerful narcotic used as a substitution therapy to help detox and wean patients from heroin, codeine and other opiates. A legal dependency (methadone) is substituted for an illegal dependency (heroin). Methadone is available in government-approved drug treatment clinics and by prescription in some areas. Though it has shown success in treating addiction, Methadone itself can be addictive and may require a second detox.

The synthetic opioid was developed in Germany in the 1940s as a response to the drastic increase in the cases of heroin addiction during World War II. The narcotic pain reliever reduces withdrawal symptoms of addiction without causing users to get high. Methadone is long acting and helps block the euphoric rush from other narcotics such as Fentanyl, heroin and OxyContin .

The dispensation of Methadone is highly controlled and regulated. Opiates attach to opiate receptors in the body and can alter reward centers in the brain, leading to physical addiction. Methadone addiction is characterized by physical dependence that leads to chronic use despite negative consequences.

Signs of Methadone Addiction

Tolerance and dependence to Methadone can take hold quickly. While it may be ideal for maintenance therapy, it is not the right treatment for users looking to become completely opiate-free. Withdrawal symptoms with Methadone are a sure sign of physical dependence. They are considered less severe than with morphine or heroin but last longer, sometimes 2 weeks to 6 months. Methadone withdrawal can cause the following problems: lightheadedness, sneezing, vomiting, delusions, paranoia, elevated blood pressure, suicidal ideation, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, aches and pain, tremors, depression, prolonged insomnia, delirium, hallucinations, agitation and anxiety.

How to Prevent Methadone Addiction

If prescribed Methadone to treat an existing addiction, the drug should be used exactly as prescribed. Users are urged not to use it in larger doses than what is prescribed or more frequently than prescribed by a doctor. Methadone should not be diverted for non-medical uses. When dealing with highly-potent opioid medications, doctors should always carefully monitor the patient and periodically re-evaluate the therapy and dosages being prescribed.

Since methadone can be as addictive as morphine and heroin, care must be taken to follow the doctor’s instructions. Do not take a larger dose, or take it more frequently, or take it for longer than the doctor has prescribed. Methadone is one of the most difficult drugs to detox from since its effects are long-lasting and it is readily stored in the body’s tissue.

The addiction creeps up quickly and once you have an addiction to Methadone, chances are it’s too late to find an easy solution to get off Methadone.

Waismann Method of Rapid Detox for Methadone

Waismann Method detox treatment is a renowned rapid detox program that has been lauded for its success rate in treating opiate dependency and prescription drug addiction. Waismann Method has a premiere Methadone treatment program administered in a fully-accredited hospital in Orange County, Ca., where patients are monitored around the clock. Patients sleep comfortably under sedation while medications cleanse the opiates from their opiate receptors. Accelerated withdrawal symptoms occur within hours instead of days, as with traditional methods. Once patients wake up, they are no longer physically dependent on Methadone and are unaware of the withdrawal that occurred during the procedure.

Another thing that sets our program apart from the others is the humane way we approach treatment. Our patients are treated as the unique individuals they are. We take into account underlying issues, special needs and individual risk factors. Our patients leave our facility rested, recovered and with their dignity intact.

Waismann Method treatment is the medical procedure performed to rid your body of Methadone and all other opiates. Methadone addiction is a serious problem in the United States and tends to happen quickly and to unsuspecting individuals who have been prescribed Methadone for legitimate pain reasons.

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