Opiates are narcotics used to treat people with moderate to severe pain. Some opiates are heroin, fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone and more. Opioid drugs bind to the opioid receptors in the brain and produce feelings of euphoria and also reduce pain. When opioid drugs are abused the body will begin to build up a tolerance to the drug, and more intake of the drug will be needed to achieve the same effects as before. Eventually, this abuse of opiates will lead to dependence and addiction.
When opioid drugs are taken long-term, they begin to change the structure of the nerve cells in the brain. The brain will adapt to the changes and will start to crave the opiate drug to continue functioning in this altered state. It is very difficult for an addict to overcome these strong cravings and allow the brain to return to normal on their own. Opiate addiction is a serious drug problem that requires professional supervision for rehabilitation. Rehab drug facilities offer many types of treatment for drug addiction, and methadone is often used for detox and maintenance of opiate addiction.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid drug that is used to help people detox from heroin and other opioid narcotics, and it is also an analgesic pain reliever. The drug is also used in maintenance after the detox process is completed and is effective in helping addicts live a fairly normal life. Addicts are able to work, have a social life and close relationships.
Methadone addiction can cause many adverse effects, some of which are increased heart beat, lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting, constipation, headache, weight gain, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, weakness, mood swings, vision problems, flushing, sore tongue, sweating, decreased libido, sleep problems, seizures, severe anxiety, difficulty swallowing or breathing, hallucinations, extreme fatigue and swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, throat and eyes.
Methadone addiction can cause dangerous life-threatening breathing problems because it depresses the respiratory system. It can also cause QT Interval which is a serious heart problem.
Methadone Addiction Treatments
Anyone with a methadone drug problem should seek help at a certified rehab facility to achieve successful rehabilitation. Treatment for methadone drug addiction usually begins with the detox process. The patient will slowly be weaned off of the methadone and medications may be given to help with withdrawal symptoms.
The detox process can be difficult and depends on how severe the addiction is. Some withdrawal symptoms that the patient may experience include: abdominal cramps, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, anxiety, low energy, cold or flu-like symptoms, irritability, runny nose, sweating, rapid heart beat, muscle aches and pains, dehydration, tremors, itching, rash, photo sensitivity, dilated pupils, suicidal thoughts, delirium, spontaneous orgasm, panic disorder, paranoia, delirium and apathy. During the detox process, the body is trying to re-adjust itself to functioning without methadone. This struggle for balance affects both the mind and the body of the patient. Part of the treatment for drug addiction and rehabilitation is the use of medications to ease and eliminate some of the symptoms. The experienced and compassionate staff at rehab centers can assist patients through the most difficult detox and withdrawal process with proven, effective methods of treatment.
After the detox process is completed, the next step in the treatment for methadone drug addiction is psychological counseling and therapy. Addiction is also a psychological disorder and the mind of a recovering addict must also be healed. Individual therapy aims to help the patient alter destructive thoughts and attitudes regarding drug or alcohol use. The patient is empowered with strong coping skills to handle problems, negative emotions, situations of risk, triggers of abuse, craving control and relapse prevention.
The patient will receive many different types of therapy during their rehabilitation at the rehab facility. They will also continue therapy with aftercare when they have left the facility. Rehabilitation from methadone addiction will allow the patient to begin enjoying life again while remaining drug free.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.