Men and Methadone Abuse

Men and Methadone AbuseMethadone addiction does not typically develop in people who are treating an opiate addiction, but rather in those who use methadone without a doctor’s supervision. People who take methadone to prevent opiate withdrawal symptoms can address their cravings, which is a safe practice given a doctor’s help. Doctors may also prescribe methadone to relieve moderate to severe pain that non-narcotic painkillers do not stop. Again, methadone is often effective for this use, and safe because people use it with a doctor’s knowledge. However, many people abuse methadone, which, as a Schedule II drug, has a high risk for abuse and addiction. Get help if you or a man you know abuses this dangerous drug.

Side Effects of Methadone Abuse

While methadone can treat opiate addiction and pain, it can cause the following side effects:

  • Intolerance to heat
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Swelling appendages
  • Insomnia
  • Disinterest or dysfunction sexually
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Hay fever
  • Abscesses
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dental problems

Any of these problems can affect men, so take these problems as a sign of a drug problem.

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

When people abuse methadone, they may experience withdrawal symptoms if they go long enough without a dose or reduce their dosage without medical supervision. Methadone detox can cause any of the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Bone pain
  • Back ache
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Tremors

Some of these withdrawal symptoms are particularly uncomfortable, so seek help if you want to detox from this addictive drug.

Methadone Addiction Treatment

When people become addicted to methadone, they need professional treatment to recover. Medically supervised detox can rid the body of the drugs in a safe manner. Without this process, methadone remains in the body and causes cravings. After detox, people can learn more about addiction, what issues led to their addictions and what issues trigger their cravings. People in rehab also engage in group counseling where they exchange information without judgment to encourage long-term recovery.

Help for Men Methadone Addicts

It is difficult to determine when a man’s methadone use moves from therapeutic to addictive, especially if this man is a family member or friend. However, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about addiction treatment, so seek their professional help to recover.