Methadone is a prescription drug, given to people for the management of heroin addiction. It is an opiate with a high risk of becoming addictive itself, and therefore common for a person who uses Methadone to become addicted. Methadone addiction increases the risk of dangerous side effects and death. Methadone side effects can slow down respiration, long after the pain-killing effect wears off. If breathing becomes too weak and slow, the person can die.
The best way to end Methadone addiction is to enter a detox program; stopping on your own can result in severely damaging withdrawal symptoms. Long Island Sunrise Detox provides monitored medical care that helps in the successful detox from Methadone.
Symptoms of Methadone Addiction
A person dependent on Methadone shows signs and symptoms similar to morphine and heroin, but Methadone remains in the body longer, making these symptoms more dangerous.
Methadone addicts can expect to feel anxiety, depression, fever, chills, stomach problems, hallucinations, high blood pressure, paranoia, cravings, nausea, and a host of other withdrawal symptoms. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, related to heavy Methadone use, it is vital you consult a medical professional right away for detox.
Treatment for Methadone Addiction
In most cases, the only way to end Methadone addiction is in a detox and rehab center. Once you complete the Methadone detox, the next step is to enter a rehab program. The most widely used Methadone addiction treatment after detox is inpatient care, followed by outpatient care. Inpatient care is the recommended approach for moderate to severe Methadone addiction, and outpatient care is for less severe addiction symptoms. In many cases, an inpatient medical detox and rehab is followed by outpatient treatment to help maintain long-term recovery from Methadone.