What Made My Loved One a Methadone Addict?

What Made My Loved One a Methadone Addict? When people think about methadone, many think of how it is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in people who are addicted to opiates. However while methadone is used for opiate addiction treatment, it is also prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain.

As an opiate narcotic analgesic, methadone changes how the brain and nervous system respond to pain. When used in addiction treatment, methadone produces similar effects to the opiate that a person is discontinuing in an effort to minimize withdrawal symptoms. However, as a pain reliever and an opiate substitute, methadone has the potential for abuse. Long-term use of methadone can produce the following side effects:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Increased sweating
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Itching
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Nausea
  • Skin rashes
  • Sore muscles and joints
  • Tooth decay
  • Vomiting

Underlying Issues of Methadone Addiction

If a person became addicted to methadone as a result of her attempt to discontinue abusing another opiate drug, this can indicate that insufficient time was given to the underlying issues of addiction. If a person replaces one addiction for another, then the issues associated with the addiction were not thoroughly handled which, in turn, caused the person to start abusing methadone. When a person is addicted, it affects them in the following ways:

  • Physically – with side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and diminished physical appearance
  • Emotionally and psychologically – often the source of drug abuse
  • Behaviorally and socially – the inability to function independently, make good choices, and have healthy interpersonal relationships
  • Financially and legally – often a person is driven to perform an illegal act to get money to buy drugs

All of these variables need to be addressed during the drug treatment process. These ensure that the addict leaves treatment in the most stable state possible, and also with a foundation that promotes long-term sobriety. If someone leaves treatment too early, does not take advantage of aftercare support, and does not rely on her support system, then she is at risk for relapse.

How to Help a Loved One Addicted to Methadone

If your loved one is not prepared to enter a comprehensive drug treatment program, stay for the recommended duration, and take advantage of aftercare support, then give us a call. We can provide you with information about the various treatment programs, different therapy modalities, data and research about appropriate lengths of stay in treatment, as well as information about aftercare support. The more that you can learn about addiction and treatment, the better able you will be to interact with the addict.
We can also give you information about interventions and refer you to interventionists who will be able to guide you and your family through the process of confronting the addict with your concerns.

Help for Methadone Addiction

If you think a family member, friend, or loved one is abusing methadone, do not wait to get help. You may not know how you can best help a methadone abuser; however, you can and we can help. So please call our toll-free helpline today; we are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about methadone addiction treatment. We are here to help.