Methadone is one of the many drugs that are approved for treating addiction to Opiates like Heroin and Oxycodone. If you are struggling with an addiction to an Opiate, such as Heroin, you might go to the doctor and he or she may recommend getting into a Methadone maintenance program. These programs can be effective because Methadone works over a long period of time, it stays in your system for 24-hours and you usually take it orally which only takes 30 minutes for it to kick in. However, Methadone isn’t all safe and effective. If you go on a Methadone maintenance program, without any other help from rehab or a 12-step program you will most likely end up becoming addicted to Methadone and trade your Heroin addiction in for a Methadone addiction.
You may feel like having an addiction to Methadone is better than an addiction to Heroin because Methadone is prescribed by doctors. This, however, is the opposite of true and Methadone can create the same problems in your life that Heroin did. Let’s say you are going to a Methadone clinic, you are really set on coming off Heroin and changing your life. However, when you are evaluated by the doctors, you lie about how much Heroin you were using so they give you a higher dose of Methadone. At the time, you aren’t going to think anything of it and you will be able to justify it because you are getting off Heroin and doing the right thing. Are you really doing the right thing? Not completely.
The doctors that prescribe your Methadone is going to give you a dosage of Methadone that will allow you to feel how you were feeling while you were on Heroin until you start to dose down. They do this because they want you to stay on the Methadone program and getting the same euphoric high you got while using will keep you coming back. This is good for the people who are honest with the doctor about how much they were using. Since you have lied to the doctors they are going to give you a higher dose than you need that will intensify the high you are feeling when you take your dose in the morning and because Methadone lasts about 24-hours or more you will be feeling that high all day.
You are going to feel that high and feel grateful you found a Methadone program because it is just like Heroin but you get to be high all day. The feeling the Methadone gives you will keep you coming back to the clinic daily because you never want to miss a dose. The whole point of a Methadone program is to ween you off the Methadone slowly and the day will come that the doctors will pull you in and tell you they are dosing you down. At the time, you might not think anything of it and you are still coming back in the morning to get more.
When you show up in the morning, you take your Methadone as usual, but something is missing. You don’t get those goose bumps or that feeling of “awe” you usually did after you took it. So, you ask to see the doctors but they tell you this is what the program is about and it is going to help you if you keep dosing down so you will eventually be clean off all drugs. When you first started the program, this is what you wanted but now you know the feeling Methadone brings you are not sure you like this idea of dosing down. You are thinking about what to do and remember your old dealer sold Methadone along with Heroin so you give him or her a call.
You meet up with him or her, buy some Methadone and after you take it, everything feels right again. Now you are getting your Methadone in the morning from a doctor and buying an additional amount off the streets to keep the high you wish to feel. This all seems familiar, you are broke again, your parents or spouse want you out of the house and you feel alone. You are confused because you thought stopping the Heroin use will take all this away. Which, if you were to stop the Heroin use and really get the treatment you need it would all stop but you just traded one addiction in for another.
What you need to do now, if you don’t want your life progressing into nothing again, is to get the help you need. You need to go to the clinic and be honest with the doctors about your use and ask them if they know of any detoxes around town. They will probably give you a sheet with phone numbers and addresses. It is your job to pick up the phone and start calling. When you find a detox center, you need to tell them it was Methadone you were using because if you take the medication they are going to give you to help the withdrawal symptoms too soon, you will become very sick.
Once detoxed, you will go to a treatment center to heal your mind, body and soul. You have put yourself through a lot in your addiction and it is time for you to work on being the person you want to become. You will get your family back, learn to love yourself and begin to believe in yourself again and realize what you are worth. If you are still using Methadone and feel like you cannot stop, give us a call. We will put you on the line with an addiction specialist and he or she can help you find the best treatment that will help you recover.