Many individuals may hear the word Methadone and immediately think of it solely in a negatively manner. However, when used effectively, methadone-based Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) and/or withdrawal maintenance facilities (“detox”) can be a major support for the recovering opiate addict. There are numerous perceptions surrounding Methadone and even more so about the potential for dependence that is present with its use. At the Prescott House, we are here to help one find their path away from dependence on any mood-altering chemicals, or behaviors, in hopes to achieving a healthy life in recovery.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is a member of the opioid family and more specifically is a synthetic opioid. Methadone is often used with a practical medical application in mind. It is used to reduce withdrawal symptoms of those who suffer from a opioid addiction and is also used to manage chronic pain. Methadone is only available from certified medical professionals and pharmacies for these aforementioned uses with FDA approved dosages. The effects of methadone generally can last up to 24 hours and is usually administered via swallowing in liquid form, tablet, or injectable ampoules. The use of methadone to treat chronic pain or addiction is a decision that must be weighed heavily when being considered for this use.
Is there a Danger?
As with any opiate, Methadone use can cause physical dependence that may result in heavy withdrawal symptoms. When used for long periods of time, the effects of Methadone can last up to a 36-hour period. There are cases within Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) where clients abuse their prescribed Methadone with benzodiazepines which, in turn, leads to overdose. Symptoms of a Methadone overdose can include but are not limited to:
- Respiratory problems that can include slow, labored breathing, difficulty breathing, and breathing failure
- Muscle spasms
- Bluish color to the skin
- Bluish color to eyelids as well as fingernails
- Weak and slow pulse
- Tiny pupils
- Stomach spasms
- Severely low or noticeably low blood pressure
Methadone is permitted for the use of detoxification from serious drug addictions. As such, the use of Methadone should not be taken lightly and should be heavily monitored at all times. If you feel that you or someone you know is beginning to experience a dependency to Methadone brought on by continual use, it is important to seek help immediately and to inform health care professionals who are working with you.
Prescott House is dedicated to equipping all of its residents with the necessary tools to live dependence and addiction-free lifestyles. Contact us today, we are here to help you find your path to sobriety and to help find alternatives to continued Methadone use when dependency is identified. Our long term treatment professionals are ready to help you on your path to sobriety.