Methadone is one of the most common buzzwords in the opiate epidemic commentary. This long-acting, highly effective medication has received a lot of media attention thanks to its addictive properties. But what is methadone, and who is at risk for developing an addiction?

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What is Methadone?

Methadone for pain is a medication used to treat long-term pain, especially after surgery. It falls into a category of drugs called opioids. Although opioids effectively block pain, they’ve received a lot of negative media attention in recent years because of their highly addictive properties and their potential to lead to harder drugs. Methadone is, unfortunately, no exception.





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What is Methadone?

"People who take [methadone] illegally often inject it, which exposes them to diseases like HIV.”

From WebMD

The Dangers of Methadone

When used correctly, methadone can provide relief from otherwise intolerable pain, but because methadone is dangerous under the wrong circumstances, it’s only legally available via prescription. Methadone should only ever be used under the careful supervision of a doctor. Methadone can cause some severe side effects, including but not limited to the following:


  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Insomnia
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty Breathing

If a patient experiences these or any other side effects, he or she should seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, because methadone is an opioid, it does come with the risk of an addiction.

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Methadone Addiction

If you’ve been prescribed methadone for pain, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions very carefully. Methadone sends messages to your brain’s opioid receptors, causing your brain to release dopamine, one of its primary “feel good” chemicals. Dopamine release works as part of your brain’s reward system, which is why your brain may crave more methadone after the first dose. Methadone abuse can quickly lead to an addiction, which may lead to high-risk behavior, crimes, and increased risk for infectious diseases.


Methadone is not only used for pain management but also has a second primary purpose in 2019. There has been successful applications of methadone for heroin addictions  There are Drug rehab centers in California and other states that have carefully refined this treatment protocol. This is what we call the flip side of the drug’s uses and will be discussed more shortly.

“The treatment program must be approved by the state and federal governments and must treat patients according to specific federal laws. You may have to take your medication at the treatment program facility under the supervision of the program staff.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Flip Side: Methadone as an Addiction Treatment

On the other hand, methadone is also often used to treat heroin addiction. During heroin detox, a patient may experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting or pain. Methadone is much safer than heroin when used under medical supervision, and it can be used to lessen the symptoms of heroin withdrawal.


Because methadone and heroin come from the same source, methadone can temporarily replace heroin, giving the brain the dopamine that it craves. Under a treatment plan, the patient can be gradually weaned off the methadone, making the recovery process easier and less painful. The tapering process is crucial and must be followed through. Otherwise, the patient may just replace one addiction for another. It’s important to note that one can only take methadone as an addiction treatment while undergoing a rehabilitation plan. Hazelden Betty Ford centers in Minnesota and all across the USA have had success with this too.


Support Groups


Once an addiction to methadone is under control, group support groups are a good way to maintain sobriety. Narcotics Anonymous also known as NA group meetings nearby are a good source of support. NA meetings have a productive agenda that has help many people stay clean and sober for Methadone and other dangerous narcotics.


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