Plastic Surgery and Methadone Addiction

Plastic Surgery and Methadone AddictionPlastic surgery is a medical procedure that deals with the reconstruction or restoration of a form of the body. Many believe that cosmetic surgery is the most popular form of plastic surgery, however, reconstructive surgery due to accidents, burns, or deterioration are the most used form of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery may take one to several surgeries to complete, and the healing process may lead to residual pain caused by the reconstruction or restoration of the function of the body.

Methadone is an opiate that is classified by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) as a narcotic. As a narcotic, methadone is highly addictive if not taken as prescribed by a doctor. Methadone is used to treat moderate to severe pain, according to the NLM and the National Institute of Health (NIH), and may have severe side effects, in addition to addiction, if not taken appropriately and according to doctor’s orders.

Plastic Surgery and Addiction

As discussed above, plastic surgery is not simply cosmetic surgeries done by choice. Many times, plastic surgeries are done out of necessity due to injuries sustained in accidents or due to muscle or body deterioration. Plastic surgeries, as with a major surgery, may lead to high levels of pain for the patient.

When pain is at a high level, doctors, to help treat and manage the pain so that you may go on and live a healthy, active lifestyle, may prescribe medications. However, with pain medication, especially those that are classified as narcotics, such as methadone, are highly addictive if not used correctly.

Before surgery, especially in cases of reconstructive surgery due to accidents, the management of pain until corrective surgeries can be performed may be treated with methadone and other pain medications.

After surgery, when pain levels are generally high, addiction to pain medications, such as methadone, may develop to deal with the pain of reconstruction or reformation of the body. The brain processes this pain and the methadone allows the brain and the body to deal with this pain. Addiction occurs, according to research from the National Institute of Health (NIH), when the brain repeatedly calls for the suppression of pain by the drug.

Methadone and Addiction

There are signs and symptoms that you or loved ones may look for to discover an addiction or dependency on methadone, such as the following:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Drastic mood changes
  • Seizures

These symptoms may not be all that you may use to determine whether you or a loved one are addicted or dependant on methadone, but they can be used to help.

If an addiction to methadone after plastic surgery occurs, you are not alone. There are treatment options such as individual or community therapy and counseling, and other programs that can help you find the treatment that is right for you.

Addiction Help

If you or someone you know is dealing with an addiction to methadone, please seek help and treatment immediately. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today to speak with an admissions coordinator that can help you discover treatment options that are unique for your situation. Please call for help today.