How Methadone Abuse Affects Families

How Methadone abuse affects familiesMethadone is an addictive opiate drug that is often used to help people overcome narcotic addictions from prescription drugs or illegal drugs such as heroin. The problem is that methadone is also addictive. With methadone maintenance plans, the former heroin user usually just trades one addiction for another.

Methadone may also be abused recreationally or be taken in combination with other drugs. Methadone dependence and methadone addiction take a toll on users and their families.

Physical Impact and Effects of Methadone Use

Most of us want to remain healthy for the sake of our families. Others rely on their physical health to support their family. Using methadone long-term (and sometimes even for short durations) can wreak havoc on your health.  A study presented in the Western Journal of Medicine* showed that effects of methadone use include the following:

  • Digestive problems and nutrition problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Urinary problems
  • Vision problems
  • Irritability, depression, insomnia, panic
  • Skin and tissue disorders including rash and edema

How Methadone Abuse and Addiction Limit a Family

When you are dependent on methadone, you limit your life greatly. Travel will take users away from methadone and access to their methadone clinic, making trips an impossible. Methadone can also be expensive, and addicted individuals will choose to spend money on their drug of choice rather than fun activities or treats for the family.

Methadone abuse and methadone withdrawal can make you do things you would never normally do. You might become irritable, moody, angry or even violent. Your family may have to act cautiously around you or may be hurt by what you say or do. Living with a methadone user limits a family’s feelings of comfort and safety.

Your Family Knows You’re Using Methadone

Many people who struggle with drug abuse and addiction mistakenly believe that they can hide the problem from their loved ones. Spouses often know something is wrong but feel powerless to change it. They can feel helpless or trapped. Children are often aware of a parent’s addiction or substance use, and even young children know when something is wrong with a parent. Chances are that your children are intelligent young people, and they know more than you think. Set an example and make a brave change by breaking the cycle of methadone abuse now.

Help for Methadone Abuse

If you need methadone abuse help for yourself or a family member, we offer a toll-free helpline that is staffed by experienced counselors. These counselors will help you learn more about addiction and explore treatment options. All of our calls are completely confidential, and we are available 24 hours a day. Learn how we can help you and your family overcome methadone abuse now.

*Works Cited

Anderson, I B, and T E Kearney. “Use of methadone.” The Western Journal of Medicine 172.1 (2000): 43-46. MEDLINE. EBSCO. Web. 12 Jan. 2011.