Methadone addiction is a widely argued addiction since most people addicted to Methadone are using it to suppress the cravings and withdrawal symptoms from heroin addiction. Methadone has become the drug of choice for doctors who are trying to help users manage their opiate dependency.
During World War II, methadone was used by the Nazi’s after the opium supply was cut off. In efforts to avoid withdrawal symptoms, commanders ordered German drug companies to develop a synthetic opiate from sources other than the poppy plant. The chemists developed a product that had long-lasting effects, and wouldn’t have to be taken as often. This drug is still used to day to help minimize symptoms of heroin and opiate withdrawals.
Methadone suppresses the cravings of heroin addicts for up to 24 hours, and this is a benefit, but the downside is that many people develop an addiction to methadone. Since methadone doesn’t produce the same euphoric effects as opiates, the user often takes more of the drug trying to get that desired euphoria. This results in dependency, addiction, and can lead to serious health consequences or even death. When properly managed and monitored this drug is a great help in getting opiate addicts through detox and into recovery, however, the temptation to abuse methadone is all too clear.
Ironically, Methadone, used to control narcotic addiction, is frequently encountered on the black market and has been associated with a number of overdose deaths. Some signs and symptoms of overdose may include muscle spasticity, difficulty breathing, slow, shallow, or labored breathing, stopped breathing (sometimes fatal within 2-4 hours), pinpoint pupils, bluish skin, bluish fingernails and lips, spasms of the stomach and intestinal tract, constipation, weak pulse, low blood pressure, drowsiness, disorientation, and coma.
Methadone addiction does not have to be a way of life for former heroin and opiate users or for anyone else. There are treatment facilities that can help. Gradual cessation followed by a drug-free program of rehabilitation can be the answer for many that suffer from Methadone addiction. If you or someone you know suffers from Methadone addiction, please call us. We are here for you and your loved ones through your time of need.