Methaqualone is a synthetic sedative, classified as a Sedative Intoxicant. It works as a central nervous system depressant similar to barbiturates. Methaqulone is ingested orally in tablet form. It produces effects including light sedation, euphoria and sleep at lower doses to unconsciousness and sometimes seizures at high doses.
In the 1970s Methaqualone was popular for its medical and recreational purposes. Methaqualone is Schedule I in the United States, meaning it is illegal to manufacture, buy, possess, or distribute without a DEA license. Today Methaqualone is a widely prescribed medication in the United States. Its recreational use is too high.
Methaqualone is used as a sedative for medical purposes. In therapeutic, low, doses Mathaqulone produces light sedation and sleepiness. When taken in higher doses (300 mg+) it can produce a more pronounced sedation and euphoria. Recreatonal users of Methaqualone fight the sedative effects to stay away, creating a dissociative high.
The desired dissociative high produces the following effects;
- a sense of well being
- loss of inhibition
- increased pain threshold
- loss of muscle coordination
- tingling or numbness throughout the body
- relaxation, calmness
- increased self confidence
- sexual arousal
Along with the desired effects of Methaqualone, users often experience the following unpleasant side effects;
- stomach pain
- rapid heart beat
- loss of apetite
Methaqualone Signs and Symptoms
Mathaqualone abusers begin to feel overwhelmed by the craving to use this drug again and again. The euphoric effects its produces makes it seem impossible for them to experience pleasure when sober. They will begin to take Mathaqualone as often as they can. They are psychological and physically dependent on the drug, without it they experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that send them running back to the drug for comfort.
Methaqualone Addiction Treatment
Treating a Methaqualone addiction requires a wide array of treatment aspects, each tailored to the patients individual needs. These treatment aspects may include but are not limited to;
- Detoxification to cleanse the body of the chemicals and toxins related to Mathaqualone abuse
- Individual counseling to get to the root cause of the addiction and work through it, along with any other mental or emotional illness
- Group counseling to help the patient express their feelings, share their journey and help others while helping themselves in recovery
- Family counseling to help the patient mend broken relationships with friends and family, to create a strong support system when returning home
- Behavioral Modification Therapy to help the patient identify and change the dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and actions associated with Methaqualone abuse