Teachers and Methadone Abuse

Teachers and Methadone AbuseMethadone is prescribed to treat opiate addiction, and it works by preventing opiates from providing a high and reducing cravings. HealthAffairs.org reports that less than ten percent of the opioid-dependent population receives methadone treatment. Maintenance treatment using methadone is not a typical first choice for addiction recovery, as this option involves long-term supervision and support to be effective. Users may find they replace a dependence on an opiate with a dependence on methadone, as methadone is an addictive opioid drug. Teachers who abuse methadone put their lives, their careers and their students at risk.

Teachers and Addiction Prevention in Students

The younger a person is when he or she first uses drugs, the greater his or her risk for addiction. According to “Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use Among Adolescents: The Influence of Bonds to Family and School,” adolescents with strong bonds to school and family are less likely to abuse prescription drugs such as painkillers or methadone. Teachers currently misusing drugs cannot provide the positive bonds and teacher-student relationships that can prevent addiction. A teacher who does not abuse drugs can positively affect students’ decisions to not use drugs. They can help students understand the risks of addiction in general and their specific risk for addiction.

The guide, “Confronting Substance Abuse: A Teacher’s Guide,” developed by Thirteen, explains how teachers can integrate information about addiction into the curriculum and how they can positively influence children’s decisions when it comes to drug use. This guide reveals how important teachers can be in the fight against addiction. A teacher who is abusing methadone for recreational purposes or mismanaging his or her opiate addiction recovery cannot provide the appropriate level of care and attention to students and cannot pass along a healthy attitude toward drug use or skills for avoiding addiction.

Prescription drug overdose is the second leading cause of accidental death, and taking steps to educate yourself, your students and your loved ones about the risks of methadone abuse can save lives now and in the future.

Methadone Addiction Help

If you are struggling with methadone addiction, please call our toll-free, confidential helpline. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the resources you need to protect your career, find a drug-free life and pass on positive and healthy messages about addiction prevention to teens and young adults.