Breaking the Cycle of Methadone Addiction

Methadone is a synthetic opioid commonly used for chronic pain management. Methadone is also used in patients who are dealing with opioid dependency. In these scenarios, methadone acts as a partial substitute in the ways that it stimulates opiate receptors in the brain without producing the addictive side effects present with the use of more powerful opiate substances. When used in this way, doses of methadone are gradually designed to be tapered down to zero.

While some patients dealing with opioid dependency do recover after using methadone, the drug’s use is highly controversial as some medical professionals feel that the benefits rarely outweigh the risks. While methadone is acceptable for drug replacement therapy, many medical professionals feel that this type of treatment is simply trading one addiction for another.

Methadone addictions usually happen in patients experiencing extreme opioid dependency. Without the regular doses of their initial opiate substance, it is easy for methadone, the only substance that provides them with some relief, to create powerful physical and emotional strongholds that ultimately lead to a new addiction.

How to Treat Methadone Addiction

In some ways, an addiction to methadone can be even more powerful than an addiction to a stronger opiate substance. When an individual finally cultivates the resolve to seek treatment and finds that they have become addicted to a new substance during the process, the results can be devastating. Making the decision to seek treatment for any addiction is never an easy process.

For some, an addiction to methadone begins because they sought treatment in a rehab facility that did not provide them with multi-faceted treatment. Treatment carried out under qualified medical professionals that treats the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of addiction is the best way to break the cycle of methadone addiction.

Treatment for a methadone addiction can be carried out in either a residential or outpatient facility. When thinking about which type of facility will provide you with the best chances of success, you should take into account the nature and severity of the addiction and consider any environmental factors contributing to your addiction.

Resources for Methadone Rehabilitation

If you have become addicted to methadone, it will be easy to convince yourself that you’ve got everything under control. Additionally, because methadone was prescribed to you it can be difficult to differentiate between the drug’s effectiveness and potential for addiction. If you have questions about your medication, or need help finding resources for rehab, we can help. We are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to answer your questions and provide you with quality treatment options. The call is free and in some cases we may even be able to work with your insurer. Please call us today.