Before methadone detox can begin, it is important to understand the effects and risks associated with the drug.
Methadone is an opiate, which is manufactured as a painkiller. It slows the body down and reduces physical and psychological pain. It is also used as a heroin substitute in the treatment of addiction. It allows patients to give up heroin, without suffering its withdrawal effects. Whilst the effects are similar to heroin, it does not create the same high.
Methadone is usually in the form of a liquid, but it can also come in tablet form. Whilst it is usually prescribed, there is a growing trend of selling it on the black market.
There are many risks associated with taking methadone. These can include:
- The concentration of liquid – Methadone bought on the street may be more concentrated to give a stronger effect. Without knowing how strong it is, there is a stronger risk of overdose.
- Mixing drugs – Whilst methadone is often used to wean off heroin, many users actively use both drugs side-by-side. This increases the risk of overdose.
- Addiction – Many of the effects of methadone are similar to that of heroin, including its addictive qualities. However, because it does not give the same high as heroin, some users may take more to get any noticeable benefit.
- Drowsiness – Methadone can leave a user feeling sleepy. Larger doses can also result in a coma and can even stop breathing.
How we can help
We have a range of drug rehab treatments to help with your methadone addiction, including detox, counselling and holistic therapies. For more information call us on 0800 500 3129.