Methadone Addiction and Abuse in Plymouth Devon

Knowledge Of Methadone


Methadone is a synthetic form of opioid used in treating serious pains. Methadone is ordinarily used to treat sedative addictions, particularly dependence on heroin.

As an opioid Methadone is an addictive prescription drug utilized to lessen the cravings for other opium-based and more commonly abused drugs.

By law it is classified as a Schedule II drug i.e. legal but addictive. Morphine and hydrocodone have also been listed as Schedule II substances.


In order to reduce the unpleasant side effects of quitting opiates and prevent a relapse, Methadone attaches itself to the same receptors that morphine and heroin attach themselves to.


Abusing Methadone

It is more readily available than other drugs because it is designed to cure drug dependence. However, it also has the potential of being a potent opiate which has addictive qualities. The effect of Methadone unlike other opiates is that of seizing pleasant feelings. Methadone is illegally used by many people despite this information, and it is basically in their search for a high.


It should be used only as prescribed no more no less.


Patients recovering from other opioid abuse are more likely to develop the Methadone addiction as a substitute drug.


Methadone Dependency

Methadone use often starts in good faith, to curb an addiction to other opiates. However, just as with any opiate addiction is a side effect which is quite common.

Its ability to relieve pain is a major factor that leads many people to become dependent. With the passage of time the tolerance to Methadone builds, and the user begins to find a need for additional quantities of the drug to achieve the equivalent effects.


Methadone And Other Drugs

Negative interactions are common with other drugs because Methadone is classified as a depressant and is also similar to alcohol, which has the same designation. Alcoholics are also another group of people that usually form a dependency on Methadone. This is a combination which can be called potentially deadly because the two have the capability of causing dangerously low hypotension and respiratory depression.

Methadone is best and most safely used alone. In the event that you or somebody you know has a dependence on Methadone and whatever other substance, get help now.


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Statistics Of Methadone Misuse

Rising deaths from 790 to 5420 people between 1999 and 2006 are linked to Methadone use.

Back in 2008 750,000 Methadone prescriptions were written by the medical fraternity for pain relief.

Between 2000 and 2001 the number of people that were treated for abuse of other opiates, which includes Methadone increased from 28,235 to 36,265.

For every one in three deaths caused by opiate analgesics Methadone is responsible.


Getting Clean From A Methadone Dependency

Quitting Methadone can be a very hard thing to do, as it is the case with any other opiate. It can be an uphill battle trying to quit Methadone without any assistance due to the sheer unpleasantness of the side effects, since it is well-known for being as potent as heroin. Call us on 0800 772 3971 to discover how we can help you conquer Methadone abuse.