Fear of Missing out If Not Using Methadone

Fear of Missing out If Not Using MethadoneIf you are using methadone recreationally you are playing a dangerous game that can end in your death. If you are part of a social circle that uses methadone to have fun and you are afraid that you will miss out if you don’t use it, what you will miss out on is the chance to end your life.

Increased Instances of Methadone Abuse

Methadone has been used for decades to treat addiction to heroin or other opiates. Methadone has been considered effective because it relieves the symptoms of withdrawal without producing a euphoric high; therefore, it allows addicts to function somewhat normally.

It has long been thought that because methadone does not produce the euphoric effects of other opiates then it was unlikely to be abused. However since the late 1990s there has been a substantial increase in methadone abuse and methadone-related deaths. Methadone has increased availability, as prescription use has become more common. With the increased availability of methadone, more of it has been turning up on the black market, sold by people who have stolen it from methadone patients or by the patients themselves.

Who Uses Methadone?

Some methadone users are addicted to opiates and use methadone to avoid withdrawal symptoms when they can’t get their drug of choice. These people are not trying to get high but merely avoid the misery of withdrawal symptoms. However if this use is not monitored and approved by medical professionals, it is still abuse.

Other methadone users are recreational users looking to get high. This group of users is most at risk for overdose. Methadone has a very slow onset, so when someone trying to get high doesn’t feel any effects she is likely to take more. By the time she feels the effects she is likely to already have overdosed. Also, since methadone produces a tolerance, people who have not developed a tolerance to methadone can overdose on an amount that will not cause an overdose in someone else. This is especially hazardous when methadone is abused socially; someone with no experience with the drug may witness someone take a large dose, think that it is a normal dose, take a similar dose himself, and end up in the emergency room or the morgue.

Side Effects of Methadone

In addition to the possibility of fatal overdose, methadone produces a plethora of negative side effects. Methadone is highly addictive and produces withdrawal symptoms similar to those of heroin, but these symptoms more severe and last longer. Other negative side effects of methadone include but are not limited to the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Mood changes
  • Insomnia
  • Impotence
  • Seizures
  • Cardiac arrhythmia

Treatment for Methadone Addiction

If you are addicted to methadone and would like to get your life back we can help. Our helpline is toll free, and we are available 24 hours a day. Call us.