Methadone Addiction Dangers
Although it is typically thought of as significantly less dangerous than its infamous cousin heroin, methadone shares many of the same insidious characteristics. In fact, all opium derivatives and synthetic substitutes carry high risks of both physical and psychological dependence.
Many of the misconceptions about methadone stem from their routine prescription use as legal analgesics. Methadone, of course, is widely used as a substitution therapy to wean abusers off stronger opiates such as heroin.
It should be noted, however, that methadone treatments are generally reserved for the most serious of medical conditions or injuries. It has proven helpful in patients who have recently undergone extensive surgical procedures. The recreational use of methadone however, can come with devastating consequences.
Dependence on Methadone
A synthetic substance that mimics the pharmacological effects of opiates such as morphine and heroin, methadone is often regarded with much less severity. The truth, however, is that methadone is a highly addictive substance that causes the body to build up tolerance and dependence in much the same way that its “more dangerous” counterparts do.
When individuals use methadone to withdrawal from heroin, they merely succeed in substituting a legal chemical dependency for an illegal one. Although it has amassed a proven track record treating other addictions, methadone often requires a secondary withdrawal of its own.
When compared with the horrors of heroin use, prescribed methadone use is generally considered the lesser of two evils. While methadone’s symptoms are certainly not as pronounced as heroin, they can still be quite unpleasant and disruptive. Similar to morphine and other opiates, these symptoms include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Sexual Dysfunction
The Dangers of Methadone Addiction
When left untreated, addiction to methadone can have serious, if not fatal, repercussions. Because just twice the normal or effective dose of the drug can result in an overdose, the margin of safety associated with methadone use is extremely low in comparison with other drugs in its class. After prolonged use, methadone abusers begin to lose their natural ability to feel happiness or pleasure.
Don’t Let a Dependence on Methadone Run Your Life
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