The synthetic opiate, Methadone has proved to be a godsend for those heroin addicts who have been unable to quit the drug “cold turkey.” Everyday across the United States, thousands of individuals use methadone to help them ease off heroin addiction gradually, without some of the strongest withdrawal symptoms associated with detoxification. Recently, the White House reported that over 20% of the 800,000+ plus heroin addicts living in the United States have undergone methadone treatment at some point in their life – either alone or as part of a drug rehab program. The treatment has been found by many leading experts to be a highly cost-effective solution for those who need to detoxify from heroin.
However, despite all the methadone success stories, there are a number of people who have a less than positive experience with the process. A percentage of those who undergo methadone treatment become addicted to the drug itself. This occurs because methadone, as a synthetic opiate, mirrors many of the effects of heroin. For the most part, addiction levels are low with methadone use because dosage is so carefully monitored by medical professionals. Yet methadone addiction remains a problem for many individuals, who must engage in a full drug rehab program to help overcome their dependence. For most, the process begins with detoxification, which can cause methadone addiction withdrawal symptoms.
What are the Primary Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms?
There are several primary withdrawal symptoms associated with methadone addiction. While not every individual will suffer from all of these symptoms, one or more of them is not uncommon in those giving up methadone.
Psychological and Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
- Feeling of lightheadedness
- Tearing eyes
- Excessive sweating
- Depression and anxiety
- Body aches
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Strong drug cravings (which often lead to relapse)
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Dilation of the pupils
The strongest methadone withdrawal symptoms begin to make their appearance in the first 24 -72 hours after the individual has stopped using. The withdrawal symptoms generally last a period of about a week, depending on the severity on the individual’s addiction.
Treating Withdrawal Symptoms
There is no “cure” for methadone addiction withdrawal symptoms -just care and medical attention to make sure the individual gets through the process as safely and in as healthy a manner as possible. Withdrawal symptoms are the chief reason why individuals are urged to go through the methadone addiction detox process while in professional care. The chance of relapse is simply too high if the individual attempts to go it alone.
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