Treating Methadone Addiction

by | Jun 5, 2017 | Drug Addiction Treatment Center

The drug Methadone is an Opiate, also sometimes called Narcotics. It is used to treat pain and is also used to treat a dependence to Opiates, called Opiate Use Disorder. Methadone is a very powerful pain medication and is used primarily for cases of severe pain, like cancer pain. It is also unique in a way that makes it different from most all other Opiates. This main difference has to do with the way it stays around in the body for a very long time, much longer than the common Opiates available on the street like Hydrocodone (Lortabs, Vicodin, Norco) and Oxycodone (Percocet, Percodan, Tylox, Roxycodone, Oxycontin).

Methadone can be used without creating any problems for many folks. Others unfortunately, may easily fall prey to this drug’s addiction producing potential. Such an individual may find themselves taking higher and higher doses over time, to produce the desired effect, which often times is a “high.” Due to the fact that Methadone lasts a very long time in the body (also known as a long half-life), taking higher doses can cause it to build up. As more and more of the Methadone builds up in a person’s system; so does the risk of taking too much resulting in a deadly overdose.

An overdose of Methadone, like all other opiate overdoses, can be fatal. This is due to the way too much Opiates can cause a person to stop breathing. Death follows after about five to ten minutes without breathing, when a person’s heart stops. Having an addiction, or Opiate Use Disorder to Methadone, is a very bad thing. If a person tries to repeatedly get high from Methadone, due it’s uniquely long half-life property; a person can easily take too much and accidently overdose and die. Sadly, it happens every day.

It is very important to have a problems with Opiate Use Disorder from Methadone, addressed right away. Not taking care of such a condition can result in death, so it should not be taken lightly. If you or someone you know, has a problem with Methadone (or any other Opiate), good help is available at The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi. Call today-601.261.9101 or on the web @ You can also like them on Facebook for more information. There’s Still Hope!

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