Methadone is a drug used to treat narcotic withdrawal symptoms and dependencies and also opium and heroin addiction. Because most people find it hard to shake off their addiction to other drugs, they use methadone to avoid the symptoms of withdrawal that keep them sick and under control of the drug. In order for it to be effective, methadone must be taken once daily.
It works to suppress the withdrawal symptoms of narcotics and the effects can be felt for a day or perhaps more. Methadone is usually part of a drug rehabilitation treatment program and should be monitored by an addiction specialist.
Methadone is only effective to those addicted to heroin, morphine or drugs that are opiates but will not work on other types of drugs. It reduces the craving for heroin and therefore the high associated with heroine is blocked from the user.
The downside of using methadone is that an inpidual can remain physically dependent to it, which means they are still addicted to a substance although not as dangerous as the substance they are previously addicted to. However, they do not experience the highs and lows associated with heroin use and so the addiction is just replaced.
There will come a point where someone has to go through withdrawal from methadone. Although this is difficult, it is not as difficult as the withdrawal from the opiate. Also, a patient in the drug rehab center will do this part of the treatment under a doctor’s supervision, so the doctor can help them with methadone withdrawal.
When used under supervision from a medical specialist, there are not going to be any problems associated with the use of methadone. However, when methadone is abused, there will be serious complications and side effects. Some people do not really intend to abuse methadone. An inpidual may take two doses of methadone instead of the one dose that is prescribed in order to increase the effectiveness of the drug. As they continue to take more doses than prescribed, they are going to develop a tolerance and eventually, a strong addiction. This addiction is referred to as prescription drug abuse.
This type of addiction is more difficult to shake off than the slight addiction developed when used under a doctor’s care. If more methadone is taken in than is supposed to, the chemicals in it are going to build up in the body and the negative effects experienced during opiate addiction will be likely to return.
Remember that you should not stop methadone use without the advice from your doctor. Methadone also creates an addiction so you need to break off use with supervision from a physician. This is something you should never do on your own.