Using Methadone to Cope with a Loved One’s Illness

Using Methadone to Cope with a Loved One's IllnessMethadone is a prescription medication for treating moderate to severe pain that works by changing the brain’s response to pain. Methadone is also used to treat symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal. Methadone does have the potential to be addictive and can have life-threatening effects, especially if used in ways other than those specified by your medical doctor.

Why Abuse Methadone?

Illness and disease can be devastating, not just for the suffering individual, but also for the family members and loved ones of the afflicted individual. Everyone deals with suffering and sadness in a different way. Some people may try to occupy their time with work, extracurricular activities, school or other events to keep their minds off of the suffering of their loved one. Others may try to ignore the pain that they are dealing with. Some people may deal with their pain by talking to a pastor, counselor or trusted loved one. Others may turn to drugs or alcohol to try to ease feelings of hopelessness and sadness as they watch their loved one suffer from a medical condition.

Using a drug, such as methadone, to alleviate negative feelings and to try to cope with a loved one’s illness is common. Sometimes, you may not know how to deal with the situation. You may struggle with feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, guilt, sadness, anger and confusion and you do not know where to turn. You feel like you should be strong for your loved one, but ultimately you feel as though you are falling apart. Rather than turning to a counselor, pastor or someone else who could help you deal with your emotions, you may have turned to methadone instead. You may have needed a way to escape for a short time, and methadone was available because of your loved one’s illness, so it seemed like a good option.

Methadone Addiction Treatment

Whether you are abusing methadone because of its availability, for its relaxing effects or as a temporary escape, it is essential that you seek help for your methadone use today. Methadone can have devastating effects and can even be deadly. As you look for ways to cope with your loved one’s illness, harming yourself is not the answer. When you abuse methadone, you are not only hurting yourself, but you are also hurting those around you who love you. Not only is it important for you to be healthy for you, but it is also important for you to be in good health as you care for your suffering loved one. When you are not taking care of yourself, you will also have a hard time taking care of someone else. Rather than turning to methadone, you should seek to deal with your stress, pain and frustration in ways that are not harmful to you.

Finding Methadone Abuse Help

If you are struggling with methadone abuse or addiction as a result of trying to cope with a loved one’s illness, please call our toll-free helpline today. It is important that you find a comprehensive treatment program that consists of detox, counseling and therapy and aftercare. A variety of treatment options are available including outpatient treatment, inpatient care and day programs. Let us help you find a program that will meet your individual needs. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your call. Call today.