Effects of Methadone Abuse on the Immune System

Effects of Methadone Abuse on the Immune SystemMethadone is a drug often prescribed to help a person withdraw from opiates. Originally, physicians believed that the drug could free people from their addiction, but methadone itself is addictive. Over time, the body and brain begin to experience physical withdrawal symptoms when the drug is no longer present in the body. To alleviate or avoid these withdrawal symptoms, many people take methadone in higher doses or more often than prescribed, resulting in the cycle of dependency and addiction, both of which can have an adverse effect on the immune system.

What Is the Immune System?

The immune system is a network of tissues, cells, and organs that work together to fight diseases, infections, and viruses that attack the body. If the immune system cannot work as efficiently as it should, a person will be more prone to physical illness. Drugs are known to inhibit the immune system, which means that someone who abuses methadone will release more chemicals into the body, and therefore experience more illnesses and those illnesses will stick around longer than in people with healthy immune systems.

The organ in your body most affected by drug abuse is the liver. One of the major functions of the liver is to remove toxic substances, including drugs, from the body. Over time, the liver can weaken from the increased toxins from drug addiction. The results are a malfunctioning liver, a compromised immune system, and an increased risk for health problems of all kinds.

Detoxing from Methadone

In order for the liver to recover from the toxicity of methadone addiction, a person must undergo detox. During this process, a person will take lower and lower doses of methadone until the body becomes less and less dependent on the drug, and as a result, the physical cravings wane and eventually go away. Because the toxins from methadone lessen and eventually go away altogether, the liver can recover from working overtime to keep the body healthy. However detoxing from methadone can come with painful side effects such as the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic and anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Paranoia and delusions
  • Fever and/or chills
  • Aches and pains (flu-like symptoms)
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

Because of these side effects, detoxing should never been done alone. You should seek professional help when trying to detox from methadone.

Getting Help for Your Methadone Addiction

Addiction to methadone compromises your immune system and makes you more prone to serious illness. Don’t allow methadone addiction to take years off your life. Get help by calling our toll free number right now. We are available any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk to an addiction recovery specialist who will help you determine the best treatment options for your unique situation. Don’t live in a methadone prison anymore. Take the first step to a healthy life and call us today.