Methadone is a synthetic form of opioid used in treating serious pains. It is basically used as a treatment for different opiate addictions with a special preference being made to heroin.
Methadone is a medication which is used to curb cravings for other opiates but is also an addictive substance by itself.
Because it is easy to get addicted to Methadone, even though using it is lawful, it has been classified as a Schedule II substance by the government of America. Other Schedule II drugs incorporate hydrocodone and morphine.
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. What makes it a good curative is exactly what makes it lethally addictive, it similarity in brain target with other opiates. Methadone shares the same pain-blocking effects with its co-opioids the heroin and morphine only at a lesser intensity. Although it is not as potent as heroin, more people are still abusing this drug.
Any instance of use beyond the prescribed amount is considered as substance abuse.
Heroin drug addicts who begin using Methadone to overcome their addiction are at an enhanced risk of abuse because they are already dependent on opioids.
Methadone addiction is considered as a taboo within the medical fraternity because it is viewed as a necessary aid to help in the recovery of heroin addicts. Regardless of this, the reality is that Methadone is addictive, just like any other opiate.
People depend on Methadone because medication reduces a abusers perception of pain. They start taking the substance in increased quantities because the efficacy starts to diminish over time.
Methadone And Other Drugs
Just like alcohol, Methadone can cause negative reactions with other substances in the body, since it decreases the body's vital and functional operations. It is a notable fact that alcoholism and Methadone use go together. One can fail to breathe and suffer from hypotension because the mixture of alcohol and Methadone is very lethal.
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.
From 1996 to 2006, there has been a spike in Methadone related fatalities (the spike is suspected to have been caused by an increased intake due to its pain relieving abilities) from 790 to 5,420.
An estimated 750,000 prescriptions for Methadone were given in 2008 alone.
In 2000 and 2001, individuals treated for abuse of "different sedatives" (concluding Methadone) has gone up from 28,235 to 36,265.
For every one in three deaths caused by opiate analgesics Methadone is responsible.
Beating Your Methadone Addiction
Quitting Methadone can be a very hard thing to do, as it is the case with any other opiate. Despite its being less potent compared to heroin and morphine, it still poses hard to beat withdrawal symptoms once hooked to it. Pick up your phone and contact us on 0800 772 3971 so we can help you on your road to recovery from Methadone abuse.