What Happens When Methadone Addicts Don’t Get Help?

Methadone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. In addition, it is often used to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms that accompany detox from opiates. If not used as directed or if used recreationally, individuals can quickly and sometimes unknowingly become addicted to methadone.

Physical Effects of a Methadone Addiction

Methadone is a highly addictive drug. If left untreated, a methadone addiction could take your life or the life of your loved one. Methadone acts on the brain affecting the central nervous system (CNS). As the CNS is inhibited, so are the organs and systems that the CNS controls. The long-term effects of methadone include a repressed or malfunctioning respiratory system, weight-gain, increased sweating, increased constipation, and abnormal blood-clotting. A long-term addiction could also lead to death. The reproductive system in women is greatly affected by methadone abuse. Menstrual cycles become increasingly irregular and in some cases cease altogether. Women who have a methadone addiction while pregnant will most likely have pregnancy complications. When born, the baby will be addicted to methadone as well, and methadone will be passed to the baby through breast milk. In addition the longer an addict uses methadone, the more his or her body becomes dependent on the drug. After long-term use, a few pills a day may not be enough, so he or she takes a few more and a few more. This could lead to overdose which could eventually lead to death.

Other Effects of a Methadone Addiction

Not only does a long-term addiction affect an addict physically, but also mentally, socially, financially, and emotionally. Because methadone affects the brain, mental activity can be somewhat hindered with long-term abuse. Socially, a methadone addict may lose the trust of his friends or family members because he may constantly lie in order to maintain his addiction. An addiction costs not only physically and psychologically, but also financially. It is expensive to maintain an addiction. Although methadone is somewhat inexpensive, the cost of long-term maintenance adds up. An addict is also probably struggling with an array of emotions such as guilt, fear, embarrassment, anger, depression and loneliness. These feelings could lead a person to harm himself.

Methadone Addiction Help

An addiction doesn’t just go away on its own. If left untreated, addictions often have devastating consequences. Thankfully, there are drug rehab centers available to help you or your loved one recover from a methadone addiction. If you are in need of help call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today. If you fear that your loved one may have a methadone addiction, don’t wait another day to get help. It could be too late. Call today for help in finding the treatment that you need to break your methadone addiction.