Methadone is a physician prescribed drug that is commonly used to treat opiate addiction such as heroin or OxyContin. It works by blocking the receptor for the drug in the brain in order to prevent the narcotic from binding and having its desired effect. As a result, the user does not experience the euphoric high they seek from the drug. Methadone also reduces the craving for opiates such as heroin or oxycodone, playing a major role in helping the user break their addiction. Unfortunately, this can lead to a transfer of drug addiction from the initial opiate to the methadone.
No matter how it is acquired, illegally or by prescription, methadone is now the leading drug killer in many states.
While often seen as a solution to help those suffering from other opiate addictions, one of the concerns with Methadone is that “One pill can be lethal,” according to Methadone expert Lynn Webster, President of Utah’s Academy of Pain Medicine and a practicing pain-management doctor. Webster has analyzed numerous Methadone deaths in the United States, and believes a serious danger with Methadone is with new users. The drug doesn’t “kick in right away,” so new users sometimes take more than they need and unwittingly overdose.
Call now if you or a loved one is suffering from Methadone dependency. Our supportive team is here to help. We can discuss your individual situation and can help get you placed in an Methadone treatment center that wean you off with minimal pain and discomfort.
The most successful methods of Methadone treatment include detoxification, support, and maintenance.