Methadone is a synthetic form of opioid used in treating serious pains. It is mostly used to cure a dependency on heroin and other opioids.
Methadone is a double edged sword, stopping addictions of other opiates while posing a threat as a highly addictive drug on the other.
Being designated as a schedule II drug the use of Methadone has been legalized but there is as well a high likelihood of users of the drug developing a dependence on the medication. Morphine and hydrocodone have also been listed as Schedule II substances.
It interacts with the same brain receptors just like heroin and morphine as it helps manage the symptoms brought about the latter drugs.
Abuse Of Methadone
It is more readily available than other drugs because it is designed to cure drug dependence. But it is an intense sedative with possibly addictive qualities. The euphoric effects that are experienced by users of heroin, and morphine will not be available with Methadone because it has been formulated to work in the opposite direction and this drug is capable of blocking the pleasurable sensations which are delivered by other opiates. Addicts that are looking to get high still use Methadone in spite of this fact.
Users of Methadone who do so without a prescription or with a dosage that is in excess of the prescription it is considered as an abuse.
Those who have a prior problem with opiates, like heroin, are at an increased risk of forming a Methadone dependency when they start taking it to treat their dependency.
Methadone use often starts in good faith, to curb an addiction to other opiates. Due to the nature of Methadone this good faith could breed an addiction.
Though it doesn't give the euphoric high, it offers relief from unpleasant sensations. Over a time people develop a resistance to the drug, a greater amount of the medication is required for a similar impact.
Methadone And Other Drugs
Being a depressant, it doesn't go well with other depressants. It is a notable fact that alcoholism and Methadone use go together. This is a lethal dual as the body's vital signs may be slowed down below the normal range.
Recommendations are never made that Methadone should be used with other substances, including herbal remedies and in particular, St. John's wort. You should seek assistance today if you or a loved one is suffering from Methadone addiction.
The fatalities involved because of Methadone abuse increased from 792 to 5420 between the years 1999 and 2006 and it is assumed the increased use of the drugs as a painkiller is a reason for the higher numbers being noticed.
When it comes to killing pain, 750,000 prescriptions were handed out for Methadone in 2008.
Between 2000 and 2001 the number of people that were treated for abuse of other opiates, which includes Methadone increased from 28,235 to 36,265.
Methadone is a main culprit in 33% pain management related over sedative deaths.
Fighting Your Methadone Addiction
Methadone, similar to some other sedative is extremely difficult to stop. It does not create severe addictions like highly addictive heroin, still it causes huge withdrawal manifestations and thus its difficult to overcome all alone. We will help you beat your Methadone dependency when you contact us today on 0800 772 3971.