Information About Methadone Addiction
Methadone is a synthetic opioid which is used medically to manage chronic pain and to aid opioid addiction withdrawals. Methadone does not resemble morphine or heroin chemically but does act on the opioid receptors to produce many of the same effects. Methadone Maintenance Treatment is an opiate replacement therapy used to reduce and/or eliminate opiate use. The main participants are those suffering from heroin addiction hoping to ease their addiction symptoms. The principal goal of methadone maintenance is to alleviate narcotic cravings, suppress withdrawal symptoms, and block the euphoric effects associated with opiates. Methadone blocks the euphoric effects of heroin, morphine, and similar drugs helping patients reduce or stop altogether their use of these substances. When methadone is injected, it does not produce the “rush” associated with opioids such as morphine due to its high distribution volume. Methadone diffuses into other tissues in the body, particularly fatty tissues. While methadone does work for maintenance, methadone addiction is always a possibility.
Methadone is available in a traditional pill, a dissolvable tablet, and two formulas the patient can drink. The most common administration route is the liquid form for it allows small dosage changes. Regardless of whether injected or ingested, the reaction is produced about the same time.