Methadone is used as a pain reliever, but also as a treatment for opiate addiction. This can be problematic for many drug addicts who dislike the idea of substituting one drug addiction for another. We understand how confusing it can be, and also how painful the withdrawal symptoms are if you or your loved one tries to quit a methadone addiction without any help.
It’s dangerous for addicts to give themselves too high of a dose, and it hardly manages their pain if they are given too little. For this reason, we strongly urge you or your loved one to enter an inpatient methadone addiction treatment center, such as Willow Springs. Here, our highly-qualified and medically-trained staff can help you or your loved one quit your methadone addiction in a safe and comfortable way. This will ensure a more successful recovery and lessens the risk of relapse.
Side Effects from Methadone Abuse
The signs of methadone addiction and symptoms of methadone addiction affect your physical, mental, and spiritual health. They might include:
- Heart rhythm disorder
- Pupil contraction
- Sex drive decline
Signs of Methadone Overdose
If you suspect that you or a loved one is overdosing on methadone, it’s essential you seek help as quickly as possible. Some of the signs to look for include:
- Slow breathing
- Heart rate decline
- Cold, clammy skin
- Dilated pupils
- Dry Mouth
- Lack of Appetite
Withdrawal and Detox from Methadone
Methadone comes in a small pill form to be swallowed or dissolved, or as a liquid to drink, dilute and inject. The drug does not cause the same euphoric high as heroin or cocaine does. A first-time user of methadone might take more and more, chasing the rush. This increases the risk of overdose, which can be fatal.
For this reason, we strongly suggest that an individual detox under medical supervision at our inpatient methadone addiction treatment center. This is a great deal safer, and can significantly improve your odds for recovery.
While it seems like doctors are throwing gasoline on the fire, other drugs such as Buprenorphine and Clonidine have proven to be useful in shortening the withdrawal process and even alleviate some of the more difficult withdrawal symptoms.
Depending on how long you or your loved one has been addicted to methadone, more methadone might be administered during withdrawal. This tapering process will continue until you no longer require any methadone at all. Some form of treatment following your methadone withdrawal is critical. Studies show that recovering addicts are more susceptible to death after they start using methadone again.