Some people quitting heroin, morphine or codeine use methadone to gain recovery from the drug to which they have become addicted. Is methadone right for you? How does methadone work?
What is Methadone?
Methadone is an opioid drug similar to heroin, morphine or codeine. The difference is that methadone is often used to help people addicted to other drugs become “clean.” Since the early 1960s, doctors have prescribed methadone to patients wanting to end their addiction.
Methadone is an opioid agonist. This means that it acts like other narcotic drugs in the body. But it is not made from opium poppies like heroin and morphine. Instead, the drug is created in a lab.
Methadone is also a painkiller but lasts much longer in the body than heroin, codeine and morphine. While those other drugs last about two to four hours, methadone lasts about 24 hours.
How Does Methadone Work?
It can sound a bit puzzling, the practice of treating an addiction with another drug. So how does methadone work?
Methadone fits into the same brain receptors as opiates like heroin and morphine. As it acts like these other drugs, methadone relieves many of the side effects of withdrawal. So as the person taking methadone has quit heroin or another drug and is going through detox, methadone makes the journey to sobriety less uncomfortable. An opiate addiction treatment center will usually use methadone to alleviate withdrawal symptoms during detox.
Although methadone acts like other drugs, it does not give the person using it a “high.” Methadone also blocks other drugs like heroin and morphine from causing a high when the methadone is being used. This means that someone who is on methadone and tries to relapse on heroin will not gain the high they are craving. This means there is no reward for the relapse, in the brain.
Methadone is safe when used under the supervision of medical professionals. Patients take the drug in a pill or liquid form. How it is used depends upon the patient’s health, drug history, the facility’s program methods and the level of addiction.
Taking methadone alone will not cure addiction. But using methadone as part of a comprehensive rehab program along with therapies, support, education and guidance of addiction specialists does work. Patients who try to use methadone without therapies and other forms of treatment for healthy recovery often may end up with a methadone addiction. This is why this helpful drug should never be used without supervision or additional addiction therapies.
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