What is Methadone
- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Drug Addiction
- Written by Derry Hallmark
What is methadone? Methadone, technically, is a synthetic form of heroin. It is a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. It too can reduce withdrawal symptoms. Taking methadone improperly will increase your risk of serious side effects or even death. The side effects of withdrawing from methadone are certainly uncomfortable but, not fatal. One may feel as if they will die from it. Its symptoms are similar to that of the flu including body aches, leg cramps, queasy stomach, diarrhea, and excessive vomiting.
Many clinics and doctors condone the use of methadone thinking that it is being used solely for the purpose of weaning an individual off of another harsher drug. They are sadly mistaken as methadone is widely misused. Let’s go back to the question of what is methadone. It is a narcotic pain reliever. It’s sold on the streets and obtained by other illegal means. In other words, addicts are abusing it because it is getting them high. As far as being used legitimately, it is some times but, it is still replacement drug therapy, using one drug to get off of another drug. Eventually, one must withdraw from the replacement drug. This withdrawal is extremely painful for the one withdrawing from it, as described above.
No we come to not just what is methadone, but why methadone. Again, most doctors and practitioners believe it is not abused, but instead used for the purpose in which it was designed, to wean one off of another harsher drug. It is frequently prescribed for pain, which leads us right back to its abuse. It is a narcotic and will continue to be abused as long as it’s manufactured.
I work in a drug rehab facility and I hear it everyday. When asked, people often tell me their drug of choice is methadone. So, that only tells us that the drug replacement therapy is not working as intended. I, myself, was on methadone, a very low dosage and for a very short time, and it was excruciating to come off of, the worst withdrawal I’ve ever experienced and I was a long time drug abuser with many, many withdrawals. I could not drive from work to home without nodding off at the wheel. This was in the late afternoon and I was dosed first thing in the morning. It was in my system for hours and hours. People tend to become clinically depressed when withdrawing from methadone. So, in answer to the question, what is methadone, it is a killer of men and souls. It literally sucks the life out of its prey and leaves them totally defenseless, not to mention, totally dependent on it for without it, they are sick.