In a clinical setting, the drug Methadone can be used to treat Opiate Use Disorder. While this can be effective when used under the supervision of a qualified physician, it can be extremely dangerous if individuals take it upon themselves to treat their addiction with this drug. Some addicts take Methadone in order to become intoxicated. Methadone is a dangerous, addictive opiate, also known as a Narcotic. Compared to using buprenorphine (Suboxone) to treat Opiate Use Disorder, Methadone overdoses can be fatal. In stark contrast to this, no one has ever died from and overdose of buprenorphine, especially if not combined with other drugs.
Methadone Deaths Are on the Increase
Methadone addiction can be just as dangerous as other types of opiate addictions. Because it is often an acceptable treatment for other addictions, it is often seen as safer. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In fact, the number of deaths attributed to the misuse of methadone has been on the increase. When individuals use this drug on their own without the proper guidance, their risk of addiction and death greatly increases.
A Highly Addictive Drug
The problem with using Methadone to treat drug addictions is many of these individuals already have addictive predispositions, which can leave them more susceptible to replacing one addiction with another. Without the proper guidance, one can quickly develop a Methadone addiction due to its addictive properties. One main problem with Methadone, compared to all other opiates is the fact that Methadone lasts a very long time in a person’s system. As such, levels of Methadone can easily build up to dangerous levels, causing the person to stop breathing.
Serious Side Effects
Methadone has some serious side effects, compared to buprenorphine; both of which can be used to treat Opiate Use Disorder. In particular, Methadone can cause heart rhythm problems, which can contribute to a heart attack. Most other opiates do not have such a property and the medication buprenorphine is not associated with any special cardiac risk factors
Methadone addiction is just as real as any other drug addiction, even though it may be used in the recovery treatment process. For this reason, it’s important to consider the much safer treatment with buprenorphine to treat Opiate Use Disorder, and to use it carefully and only under the guidance of a trained professional who can carefully monitor you until you can be gradually tapered and weaned off of it.
Methadone addiction is just as serious as any other opiate addiction.