Methadone Addiction

Methadone Addiction

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About Methadone Addiction

Methadone is a synthetic opioid used as a pain reliever and as part of drug addiction treatment program for heroin or other narcotics. Methadone addiction is an irony as it plays an active role in the treatment of other narcotics. Though methadone is a prescription drug, it has severe side effects and in the case of addiction may even be fatal.

 

Effects of Methadone on the Body

When used correctly and with careful supervision, methadone can be used as a long-lasting pain reliever for severe pain. However, methadone is a lasting opioid, and it will stay in one’s body for an extended period of time which increases the chances of overdose. Here is a list of the adverse effects of methadone:

Heart and blood vessels: Methadone causes weak pulse and low blood pressure.

Nervous System: Regular use of methadone may cause drowsiness, distortions or even coma.

Eyes and skin: Methadone abuse causes pinpoint pupils whereas the lowered blood causes bluish skin, fingernails, and lips.

Digestive System: Severe stomach pain and constipation is a common symptom of methadone abuse.

Respiratory System: Methadone abuse causes the individual difficulty in breathing, resulting in slow, shallow and labored breathing.

Symptoms of Methadone Addiction

Once a person becomes habitual of methadone abuse, the individual may not feel high anymore, but the adverse effects will start manifesting themselves as physical symptoms. Methadone has some serious adverse effects. Here is a list of them:

  • Intolerance to heat
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Swelling of hands and arms, feet and legs
  • Insomnia
  • Disinterest or dysfunction sexually

Withdrawal Symptoms of Methadone

Although methadone is used to ease withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other prescription painkillers, methadone also has its set of withdrawal symptoms. Methadone withdrawal is quite severe, and it lasts for a long time. The most common withdrawal symptoms of methadone abuse are:

  • Agitation, restlessness, and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Increased tearing or watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches or joint pain
  • Frequent yawning
  • Profuse sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Shivering, trembling, or goose bumps

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How Akua Can be Helpful

Methadone withdrawal is severe and lasts for a long time, and so, methadone treatment programs need to be crafted with utmost care and under proper medical supervision. At Akua, we provide highly individualized treatment programs and holistic treatment programs combining the time-tested traditions of East with the scientific approach of West to help our clients safely beat their addiction. Our dedicated staff is always there to help the clients through the difficult phase. At Akua, we believe in perfection and strive to give the best possible care to those who seek help. This makes Akua one of the best methadone treatment centers. We provide all the three levels of care

Detox from Methadone
Integrated Detox Program

Methadone detox is the first stage of recovery and has the following components:

    • 24 hour supervision
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • Psychiatric and nursing support
    • Group and individual counseling and therapy
    • Prepare the clients for the next phase of the treatment
Inpatient Drug Rehab Center
Residential Program

This is the second stage of recovery and usually consists of the following:

    • The duration may vary depending on the severity, though it typically lasts for 30 days
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • 24×7 guidance and support from our clinical team
    • Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
    • Recreational activities on weekends such as movies, beach activities, etc. under the supervision of the staff
Outpatient Methadone Treatment
Intensive Outpatient Program

This is the last stage of recovery and will look like this:

  • The typical duration is of 20 -30 sessions which translates to 30-45 days
  • Mindfulness relapse prevention
  • Evening meetings (AA or any other 12 step meeting)
  • Group and individual assignments
  • Transportation and housing provided