My Methadone Addiction Only Affects Me, Not Anyone Else

My Methadone Addiction Only Affects Me, Not Anyone ElseMany methadone addicts are under the false illusion that their addiction does not cause harm to anyone but themselves. They think they have their addiction and its consequences under control. This is almost never the case. Addiction is a progressive disease because addicts have to take larger doses of the drug in order to feel its intended effects. As the doses gradually increase, the drug’s powerful effects become more prevalent as well.

How Methadone Addiction Affects Others

Other than hurt feelings, arguments and damaged relationships, one’s methadone addiction can actually put family members or loved ones in harm’s way. While under the influence of methadone, especially when mixed with other drugs or alcohol, a person is capable of causing great dangers. Accidental injury or death is one unfortunate common effects of heavy methadone abuse. A methadone high makes the user feel drowsy, mentally and physically impaired and overconfident due to the magnified production of endorphins; this is a recipe for disaster. While high, many people take greater risks and then make mistakes. Family members are then put in a direct line of fire for an accidental injury, fight or death.

People who live with a methadone addict are also more likely to develop a mental health illness or emotional impairment due to neglect, abuse or mistreatment. Low self-esteem, depression, or acting out are all common responses of children or spouses of a methadone addiction. A parent or spouse’s addiction may also spur other family members to turn to drugs or alcohol.

Why Methadone Addicts Hide Their Addictions

When an addict believes she is in control of her addiction, she may also believe that she can hide the addiction from her family and friends. For whatever reason, guilt, embarrassment, shame, fear, an addict may want to keep her loved ones at bay when it comes to sharing her drug use habits. In many instances when the addiction has gone on long enough, family members will already be certain that something is going on. When an addict attempts to keep her addiction a secret, she will often isolate herself from everyone who cares about her. This puts the addict in the worse situation possible because everyone who loves her will not be immediately available for help.

But, an addiction to methadone will gradually flow into other areas of an addict’s life, outside the walls of his home. An addiction takes up all of a person’s energy, time and money and will result in many lost opportunities. People may lose their jobs, money, home, responsibilities, children, and other things they hold dear. A methadone addiction diminishes one’s chance at living a fulfilling, bountiful life.

Methadone Addiction Help

If you are struggling with a methadone addiction, or are a family member of an addict, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our rehab specialists are here 24 hours a day to speak with you about treatment options and how to get a family member or loved one into rehab. Whether you are seeking information or wanting to find a program right away, we can help. Call today.