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Long term effects of methadone addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

Long term effects of methadone addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Can methadone be abused?

As helpful as methadone may be for people trying to get off heroin successfully, if the proper psychological, behavioral, educational support and therapy are not applied, cross-addiction is a real risk. For those who do not use methadone legally as a part of a doctor-supervised opiate addiction treatment, increasing doses or purchasing methadone without prescription is not only considered to be abuse, but can easily lead to addiction.

How is methadone addiction formed?

As an opiate/opioid class of medicine, methadone causes physical dependency with regular and long term use. If a person takes methadone chronically for a period of time, regardless if it’s prescribed or not, they will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop. Still, this physical dependence on methadone is DIFFERENT than psychological dependence. So, how do people become addicted

Methadone is structured differently than other opiates such as heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone. In fact, it has been designed to reduce the risk of abuse. However, because methadone can produces the same euphoric effects and the feeling of being high, some people can get psychologically hooked. This psychological dependence is at the bottom of any drug addiction.

Methadone withdrawal symptoms

Just like other opiates, methadone produces the same adverse withdrawal symptoms after long-term use. In fact, the harsh withdrawal is what discourages many users from quitting methadone successfully.

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Symptoms you can expect in the early withdrawal stage, include:

  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • sweating
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • muscle pains and aches
  • Symptoms you can expect in the late withdrawal stage, include:
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • cramps
  • compulsion and cravings to use methadone
  • restlessness

Effects of methadone addiction questions

As you can see in our infographic, uncontrolled and long-term use of methadone can take its toll on your health, work, social relations, self-image, etc. These are the real dangers of methadone. We encourage you to seek help and allow professionals to support and guide you towards sobriety.

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4 Responses to “Long term effects of methadone addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)
mike
4:47 pm January 14th, 2017

I was a big hydro taker I would take 30 a day I had to at least take 15 or I would not be right I been clean now for almost 2 years because I been going to the methadone clinic now for 2 years Im on 100mg of methadone I been on 100mg for a year now but none of this got to me like nurotin another name for it is gabapentin I was taking 10 of the 300mg at one time everyday for a year and a half and still to this day I take t he nurotin and methadone but I have cut myself down to 1 300mg a day and I feel like crap I feel weird and I get hot then I have a tingle in my body then I get cold it’s got so bad that it’s tuff just to get up and start the day I hope I will be back to normal soon I want to get off everything but I’m scared of the way I’m gonna feel so I guess I’m asking will I ever get back to normal

Yvonne
11:25 am March 1st, 2017

Since I got on the methadone program my sex drive has gotten a lot higher .as for my husband of 12 years won’t get on the program and uses pericet a lot why don’t he be in the mood ever,? And seems himself while he has them say he takes 10 to 20 daily he seems to be normal buy when he is out what a different man ?? I’m so confused and feel so unwanted by my partner ?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:38 pm March 3rd, 2017

Hi Yvonne. The drug effects are different for each individual. I suggest that you talk with your husband about your issue. Also, you may consider family therapy if you thank that the problem is deeper than the medication effects.

Janette
11:07 am April 10th, 2017

Hi I was a heroin user for nearly 20 years n have been on methadone sInce 2009 I started on 100 ml n now 8 years later am on just 8ml I am finding it really hard to stop the last 8ml n am worried that I’ll never get off it . I have been reducing for the past year n now I drop 2ml a fortnight n it’s killing me I struggle every day .I’m going through withdrawl wud it be better just to stop it as I feel crap anyway

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