Is Methadone Addictive?
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Methadone is an addictive synthetic pharmaceutical drug used as a short-term treatment for withdrawal symptoms and to “maintain” people experiencing addiction to a long-acting opioid. Unfortunately, many people find themselves addicted to Methadone, or struggling in a repeating cycle of using Methadone and then other Opioids. Although the factors that lead a person into Methadone addiction are complex, the ease with which Methadone prescriptions are given and taken away is a significant contributor.
For more than three decades well-funded government agencies have tried to end the addiction epidemic and failed. Every year more people overdose or end up in jail because of their addiction. Methadone was sold as an effective treatment but turns out to be just replacing one drug with a legally profitable synthetic drug.
Methadone is one of the many addiction treatment options available in the United States, 56% of people who start Methadone treatment end up dropping out of treatment. Unfortunately, Methadone treatment centers often teach addicted people to blame themselves when Methadone doesn’t work, even though there is overwhelming evidence that Methadone tends to be ineffective!
As a result, rates of Methadone addiction have been growing and people experiencing addiction are left with few options.
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Because of legality issues, many travels outside the U.S. to countries like Mexico to get this novel treatment for Methadone addiction.
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How it affects the brain.
Methadone is a synthetic chemical made in a lab to work in the brain like morphine, the natural drug found in the opium poppy plant. Methadone is designed to give a person a long-term high with one or two doses a day. Methadone, like the drugs it is supposed to treat, is addictive and Methadone withdrawal symptoms can last many months.
Methadone works directly on the dopamine receptors in the brain. Methadone works by activating dopamine receptors for between 12-24 hours. It was supposed to help people in recovery stop all of the drug-seeking behavior and risk of using needles by giving them a drug that they only take once or twice a day. While this can be a short-term treatment for risky drug users, taking Methadone long-term can lead to Methadone addiction—disrupting this pleasure and reward system of the brain. A healthy person produces dopamine naturally and dopamine gives them a reward for eating food, drinking water, or having sex. When someone starts using Methadone they feel an immediate reduction in physical and emotional pain and an unnatural spike in pleasure.
As someone continues to use Methadone their brain begins to adjust to getting pleasure from external sources. This brain adjustment is what leads to tolerance (needing more to get the same feeling), withdrawal symptoms, and cravings.
The good news is that the brain does heal, but it can take 6+ months without Methadone for the healing to start and up to 5 years for the brain to fully heal.
Physical and emotional pain, fever, aches, chills, and vomiting, hot and cold sweats are all symptoms of Methadone withdrawal. These agonizing symptoms can last for weeks or even months making it almost impossible to reach the 6 months of clean time needed to begin the healing.
Even worse, most traditional treatment centers will not provide any comfort medication to those experiencing withdrawal symptoms or try to put them back on Methadone. Some are even locked away to needlessly suffer alone.
The statistics make it clear, that these traditional approaches do not work for most people struggling with addiction.
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