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Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

What is Methadone?

Methadone is a prescription medication that helps heroin and morphine addicts manage withdrawal symptoms and overcome dependence. Unfortunately, methadone, like heroin and morphine, is highly addictive. Many heroin and morphine addicts find themselves addicted to methadone, having substituted one addiction for another. Other addicts are unable to kick their original addiction and also become dependent on methadone, using it in conjunction with heroin or morphine. If you or someone you know is struggling with a methadone addiction, supervised medical rehabilitation is essential for successful treatment and management of withdrawal symptoms.

How the Drug Works

Methadone, like other opiate drugs, acts on the opioid receptor in the brain. The drug “tricks” the brain into thinking that heroin or morphine is present. When taken as prescribed, methadone can suppress cravings for heroin or morphine for 24 to 36 hours. In theory, methadone gives heroin and morphine addicts freedom from their addiction and the disruptive, compulsive behaviors that accompany it. In reality, thousands of drug addicts end up substituting one addiction for another. Since methadone is often prescribed as treatment for opiate addiction or as a prescription painkiller, it can be difficult for addicts to recognize when they need help.

Dangers of Methadone

Methadone abuse is extremely serious because it furthers the cycle of addiction. Rather than freeing addicts from abuse, methadone creates additional health problems. A methadone overdose may cause seizures, brain damage, coma and death. However, because the physical and psychological process of withdrawal is extremely intense, methadone addicts need help quitting.

Importance of Detoxing

If you or someone you know is abusing methadone, supervised withdrawal and detox is extremely important. Detox begins by gradually decreasing methadone usage. Abruptly stop methadone use, even if you are taking it as prescribed, can lead to fatal consequences. Gradual, supervised detox can prevent serious or even fatal health problems, such as an unsafe drop in respiration rate. Supervised detox through the gradual reduction in methadone also allows for the addict’s body to address to lower dosages and avoid painful physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Methadone withdrawal symptoms can last for several weeks or even months, depending on previous dosage. In fact, using a dosage of 100mg for one year as part of a methadone maintenance program can require 18 to 24 months of supervised detox to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Methadone withdrawal symptoms include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • sweating
  • chills
  • tremor
  • diarrhea

Individuals going through withdrawal may also experience tremors, aches and pains. These pains are typically in the joints or legs, and are accompanied by elevated physical sensitivity to pain. Addicts also experience psychological symptoms. These include depression, delirium, auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoia, agitation, anxiety, and panic attacks. Addicts may also experience increased olfactory sensations, including imaginary smells.

Let Blue Water Detox Help Today

If you are struggling to overcome methadone addiction, Blue Water Detox can help. The Blue Water Detox treatment program addresses both the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms associated with methadone addiction. Because methadone withdrawal symptoms are so intense and can last for several weeks or even months, a supervised detox program is essential to keeping addicts from returning to the drug. Psychological counseling and therapy programs teach addicts critical life skills, including how to avoid relapse and resist the desire for future drug abuse.

Safe, Supportive; Blue Water Detox

Located in peaceful and serene Delray, Florida, the professional specialists at Blue Water Detox understand the challenges methadone addicts face. As an in-patient residential treatment center, Blue Water Detox provides a safe, supportive environment where addicts can focus solely on the recovery success. The luxury, spa-like environment and serene natural beauty help strengthen the body, mind and spirit to conquer withdrawal symptoms and overcome methadone addiction.

Contact Blue Water Detox Center Today

If you or someone you care for is currently caught up in the destructive grip of addiction, please seek help with Blue Water Detox. We are an addiction treatment provider that understands the struggle. We know the suffering of the addict and the heartache of the families involved.

Call us today at the toll free number at the top of the page. If you are fearful of voicing the problem, please simply fill out our form. Any measure of contact is a step in the right direction.

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