Methadone is an opioid used to treat heroin and morphine abuse, as well as severe chronic pain. It delivers its painkilling properties a lot more slowly than either heroin or morphine. The drug itself can also be abused, which makes it a controversial addiction treatment choice.
Signs Of Methadone Use and Abuse
Signs that a loved one may have a problem with methadone abuse include:
- Getting prescriptions from more than one doctor (doctor shopping)
- Lying to the doctor about symptoms to get a higher dose or more pills
- Using the drug more often than directed
- Getting the drug from sources other than a doctor or clinic, such as friends who have access to methadone
- Using methadone with other opioids, such as heroin, morphine or OxyContin, or using with alcohol
Some people who take methadone for addiction treatment are required to visit a clinic daily to get their dose. Once they have had a chance to adjust to the drug and have been taking it for some time, the clinic may allow them to take enough methadone for a few days’ treatment home with them.
In the case of a patient being treated for chronic pain, the methadone would be dispensed in a pill format instead of a preparation that needs to be mixed with water or juice and taken at a clinic. Both instances would allow for someone with a methadone abuse issue to take more of the drug than directed by a doctor.
Symptoms Of Methadone Withdrawal
If your loved one develops a tolerance for methadone and is unable to obtain the drug at the dose he or she requires, withdrawal symptoms will start to occur. These symptoms include the following:
- Sore muscles
Get Help For Methadone Abuse
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