Methadone and Sleep Disorders

Methadone and Sleep DisordersMethadone is an opioid pain reliever used as part of drug addiction detoxification programs and to treat pain. Methadone reduces the withdrawal symptoms in those who are addicted to heroin and other narcotics without producing the same “high” normally associated with those drugs. But using methadone as part of a drug treatment program can produce other unwanted side effects. Understanding the types of symptoms you may experience when using the drug as part of a treatment program can help prepare you for things like sleep disorders.

Methadone Treatment for Opiate Addiction

Methadone is an important part of treatment programs for opiate addiction. Methadone maintenance treatment involves receiving a regular dose of methadone determined by medical personnel at a doctor’s office or methadone treatment center. Methadone replaces the opioid drug for which a person is being treated and prevents withdrawal symptoms from that drug. It also cuts down on the person’s cravings for that drug since the withdrawal symptoms are lessened. Methadone does not impair a person’s thinking and ability to work or go about other daily tasks. By blocking the effects of heroin and other opioids, methadone makes using or abusing those drugs seem much less attractive.

Methadone and Sleep Disorders

Methadone can cause sleep disorders because the drug targets the brain waves that travel during sleep . When these brain waves cannot function normally, the person using methadone for drug treatment or pain management is unable to fall asleep or stay asleep. Over time, lack of sleep can lead to the inability to focus, extended periods of hyperactivity, and severe moods swings. These symptoms can often be mistaken for the symptoms of depression, ADHD, or psychosis, making the cause of the insomnia difficult to diagnose and treat. When a person has a sleep disorder like insomnia, he may use other drugs like sleep aids to deal with the problem. Combining methadone with any other drugs can be dangerous and may lead to addiction, accidental overdose, or even death. If you use methadone for pain or as part of a treatment program for addiction and you are dealing with insomnia, it is time to get help. Your doctor can work with you to safely treat the insomnia while you continue your methadone treatments.

Finding Help for Methadone Addiction

If you or a loved one uses methadone for drug treatment or for pain management and you struggle with drug abuse, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are ready to answer your questions about addiction and to help you find treatment.