Isolation and Methadone Abuse

Isolation and Methadone abuseAddiction thrives in secrecy. Like a wound that needs fresh air in order to heal, addiction is a treatable disease that needs attention. Unfortunately the powerful psychological web that it weaves often causes people to retreat from those who love and help them. Methadone addiction is no different. In fact, it brings some unique and tragic opportunities for isolation of its own.

How Methadone Addiction Works

Many people who use methadone are recovering from a more powerful addiction to heroin or other opiates. Methadone is a synthetic opioid designed to satisfy the brain’s need for opiates without the intoxicating effects. A heroin addict can receive methadone replacement therapy through a specialized clinic and have a functional life, as long as they take methadone regularly. The addiction is not really being treated; it has just been shifted to a less debilitating drug.

Methadone can, when administered properly, be a very useful tool in recovery. If during methadone treatment addicts confront the psychological aspects of their addiction and prepare to get off of it, then this treatment can be very helpful. But some addicts feel that being treated in a methadone clinic carries a stigma with it. This may be true in some cases, but it is still much less of a stigma than being a heroin addict. Often the psychological addiction won’t allow users to see things that clearly. As a result they retreat or turn to other chemicals to calm their distress.

The Effects of Isolation on Methadone Addiction

When people cut themselves off from those who love them, they put themselves at great risk. Addiction slants everything and isolation causes people to lose perspective on life and the things that matter most. It can also lead to loneliness and deep depression. All of this can lead to further methadone abuse or even relapse into heavier narcotics or alcohol. It is the opposite of what the addict actually needs. Staying connected with friends and family throughout recovery even when it is uncomfortable or embarrassing allows the proper perspectives to be maintained. This is one of the reasons group therapy and ongoing coaching meetings are so useful in recovery.

Methadone Addiction Help

Many addicts retreat from important relationships because of the shame they feel over letting people down. They don’t want to be with themselves so they can’t imagine why the people they have failed would want anything to do with them. Again, this is often only the addiction speaking. In most cases there are people in your corner rooting you on and praying for your recovery. You are more loved than you know.

End Isolation and Methadone Abuse

If you have been feeling isolated or have cut yourself off from vital relationships, call our 24 hour toll-free helpline today. Our specially trained addiction experts know what you are going through and are ready to help. If you don’t feel you can talk with friends or family, call us and we can help. All calls are confidential and free. You have nothing to lose but loneliness and methadone addiction. There is a hopeful future waiting for you, and we can help you get there. Pick up the phone and dial. We are ready any time of day or night to help you take those first steps out of the darkness of methadone addiction.