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How I Feel About Methadone

We have seen on the news the heroin and opiate painkiller epidemic taking lives across the country. What you don't hear about too often is that Methadone causes almost double the amount of deaths per year as heroin does.  Methadone is a replacement drug used to treat heroin addiction.  It is very cheap and long lasting. For this reason, many family doctors are using Methadone to help treat opioid addicts. The lack of education when it comes to Methadone is astonishing.  I feel that Methadone should be the last choice when it comes to recovery, as I have seen first hand the destruction that it causes.  Now don't get me wrong, Methadone has helped a lot of people, but it's important to realize the drawbacks to using it.

Methadone was first introduced in Germany in 1937. It has been known that Hitler gave it to his troops in order to "numb” them to the death and destruction that they saw during the war. What people don't realize is that Methadone is responsible for over 5,000 overdoses per year. Methadone is used to help opioid addiction.  Methadone builds up over time in the body. Methadone works the same way as heroin and morphine on the brain, filling the exact same receptors. It also provides very similar highs. So when people are put on Methadone, they are by no means clean. They are on a "maintenance" program that keeps them from using street drugs.

People ask me all the time what my take is on Methadone. I tell people that if they are offered Methadone treatment, look into all other options first. Methadone by all means should be the LAST resort when it comes to getting off of heroin or painkillers. Methadone is a life long maintenance program that is administered daily by a licensed doctor or medical facility. Usually the patient must go to a clinic on a daily basis to receive their medication. Imagine having to go to the doctor everyday for the rest of your life to receive your medication. In most cases they will not give you doses in advance so that one does not abuse it.  Doctors who run these programs have very strict rules including zero tolerance for missing appointments.

If you are looking into Methadone, make sure you do a lot of research on it. I feel Methadone should be the last resort to opiate addicts. Make sure you have tried all available options before embarking on the use of Methadone. Methadone is a life long treatment program that needs to be taken very seriously. Doses must be kept very stable and your life really revolves around your next dosage. If you miss a dosage, your levels will be off and withdrawal symptoms will occur. Methadone withdrawal has been known to have extremely strong withdrawal symptoms, making withdrawal much worse than heroin, or painkillers. Before you take that first dose, realize that it may be a life long decision.


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