What is Methadose?
Methadose is the brand name of the drug Methadone which is used in the treatment of heroin addiction. It is a synthetic opioid drug that acts as a pain reliever as well as helping ease symptoms of withdrawal and control drug cravings. Methadose works well in addiction treatment because it does not produce the high that addicts are in search of when abusing opioid drugs. Patients receiving Methadose during addiction treatment can be on the drug for years as a way to control withdrawal and cravings.
High Abuse Potential
While Methadose is used in the treatment of addictions the person using the drug too runs the risk of developing an addiction to it. Many patients will begin to experience symptoms of withdrawal as the drug stops working, they will require an increased dose that can result in a physical dependency. Some patients have even abused methadose by using the medication while using heroin, this puts them at great risk of health complications on top of dependency. Methadose is a schedule II controlled substance because of its high risk of abuse.
Methadose is used in the treatment of addictions, specifically heroin and other opioid drugs. It is used in the detoxification stage of treatment, to help the patient cleanse of the chemicals and toxins associated with heroin or opioid abuse without experiencing withdrawal symptoms or overwhelming cravings. Some patients require the medication for the duration of their stay in the treatment facility, others require methadose for years after leaving the treatment facility. The severity of the addiction determines how much and how long the patient will need methadose to control withdrawal and cravings.
Recreational Use of Methadose
Methadose is not commonly used as a recreational drug because it dose not produce a high like other opioid medications, it simply relieves pain and symptoms of withdrawal. This does no mean the drug is not abused, commonly patients will complain that it is no longer working and they require larger doses of the medication for relief. Their doctor will then increase the dose which can lead to a dependency. Many patients will fall back into the use of heroin or other opioid drugs and continue the use of methadose, dangerously abusing the drug.
Signs of Methadose Abuse
- Pretending the medication has stopped working to get increased dosage.
- Using the medication while taking other illicit drugs
- Forging prescriptions
- Visiting multiple methadose clinics or doctors offices for new scripts
- Legal trouble
- Lack of interest in usual acitivities
- Problems at home, school or work
Symptoms of Methadose Withdrawal
- tearing of eyes
- runny nose
- excessive perspiration
- dilated pupils
- abdominal cramps
- body aches
Methadose Addiction Treatment
Patients addicted to Methadose have lost control of their lives and sought out help only to land themselves addicted to another substance. There is a lot of controversy on the use of Methadose for that reason. Patients taking methadose for treatment of heroin addiction are working towards their sobriety when they begin to develop a tolerance to the medication that requires increased doses to acheive the desired effects. As the dose increases and the patient is taking the medication over a long period of time the greater the risk of a psychical and psychological dependency occurring and the patient developing symptoms of withdrawal. Once addicted the patient needs addiction treatment to stop its use.
When entering into a treatment facility for methadose addiction the patient will be assessed to determine the severity of the addiction and set up an individualized treatment plan. Rapid detox is typically the first step to this treatment. In a hospital setting the patient will be medically sedated and cleansed of all of the chemicals and toxins related to methadose as well as other drugs within their system. They will then be woken to focus on their psychological addiction through cognitive therapy and counseling sessions. The biggest step in overcoming a methadose addiction is within the physical withdrawal, once complete the patient needs to develop relapse prevention tools.