How to Approach a Methadone Addict

How to approach a Methadone addictMethadone is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in patients addicted to opiate drugs and enrolled in treatment programs. Methadone works as a substitute for other opiate drugs by producing similar effects and preventing withdrawal symptoms in people who have stopped using their drug of choice. When used under these supervised conditions, the potential for abuse is better managed. However, methadone is also prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Classified as an opiate (narcotic) analgesic, methadone treats pain by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.

Signs and Symptoms of Methadone Addiction

Methadone is connected to nearly 4000 deaths a year, indicating how common methadone abuse has become. For long-term users, the symptoms of methadone use include the following:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Increased sweating
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Itching
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Nausea
  • Skin rashes
  • Sore muscles and joints
  • Tooth decay
  • Vomiting

Another set of methadone addiction symptoms has a direct impact on people who decide to approach the methadone addict. These symptoms are as follow:

  • Evasive behavior
  • Vehement denials of drug dependence
  • Signs of stress during periods of methadone deprivation
  • Extreme reactions to the potential of family or friend intervention

The most successful recovery path for a methadone addict includes an inpatient drug rehab program that lasts at least 90 days. This methadone treatment approach helps the user develop new ways of dealing with life stresses and the circumstances that may trigger a desire to use again. To further facilitate a successful transition back to daily life, sober living homes and other aftercare support services are recommended.

Methadone Intervention and Approaching a Methadone Addict

Knowing that the methadone addict is going to be resistant to an intervention, you may decide to seek help from an intervention specialist. This specialist can manage the intervention process. They can help gather information and bring together family members, friends and colleagues who have a significant role in the user’s life. After the interventionist helps determine who is going to be present at the intervention, the next step is to create an intervention plan. The plan will provide details and understanding of the role each person has in the intervention and how they will contribute.

Get Help for Methadone Addiction

Approaching a methadone addict can be difficult. However, it is possible, and we can help. Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about intervention and methadone addiction treatment. We are available 24 hours a day, so there is no wrong time to call. You can change the life of your loved one for the better.