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Detecting Methadone Addiction

Methadone addiction is often hard to talk about, as this medication is known to be given to clients recovering from other opiate addictions. While methadone can be very effective in controlling heroin addiction, the drug can also be addictive to those who use it for pain. When carefully monitored and adjusted to reach correct levels or doses, methadone is perfectly fine to use in a hospital or a hospice setting. Since it is dangerous for a person to take too high a dose of the drug, which is otherwise ineffective when taken in little doses, it is important to monitor its intake. Therefore, abusing the drug with no such regulation can be extremely dangerous and even fatal, when doses are too high.

Methadone does not usually cause the same kind of euphoric rush as other drugs, but you will probably still feel the high as you start abusing the drug. With increased use, comes increased tolerance, which means the body will need more dosage to experience the same high. Your constant craving to achieve the same rush may lead to overdose, or worse, death.

One way to detect methadone addiction is by observing the side effects associated with taking high doses of the drug. Common symptoms of methadone abuse resemble those that you may experience with other opiate drugs like OxyContin, heroin, morphine, and hydrocodone. These drugs, along with methadone can cause weakness, drowsiness, constipation, and vomiting. You may also experience trouble sleeping because of the unusual sleep schedule that these opiates bring about. Headaches, itchiness, dry mouth, and lack of appetite are also common symptoms of methadone abuse, along with unexplained weight gain, flushing, sweating, and mood swings. Other symptoms to watch out for include difficulty urinating, skin rashes, water retention, and irregular heartbeat and slow breathing for those who don't tolerate the substance well.

A nursing mother using methadone may also transfer these symptoms to her baby, so think twice about using if you are one. Methadone use may also interfere with livelihood, as abuse may give you difficulty to safely operate machinery or even drive. Other symptoms usually manifest as you begin withdrawing from the drug after a day or two of not using, such as muscle aches, excessive yawning, dilated pupils, and restlessness.

If you notice these symptoms in you or any of your close friends or loved ones, consider enrolling in a program of methadone rehab that can help you overcome this dependency, such as those offered here at One 40.