Developed in 1937 by the Germans, methadone was created to supplement the growing need for opiates during the war. These days, it is used as an analgesic to help treat those with an opiate addiction in an effort to help them avoid withdrawals. Methadone reacts with the same opioid receptors that drugs like heroin or morphine do and induces many of the same effects as well, but for a far longer period of time. When properly used, methadone has occasionally proven successful at helping those with an opiate addiction. But the flip side of the coin is that many people who use the drug do so for the specific reason that its effects last so long. This type of abuse often leads to Methadone addiction, an affliction that is responsible for approximately 5000 deaths from overdose every year in the US alone.
Risks of Methadone Addiction
Although methadone is considered one of the safer opiates by the medical community, it still has a number of risks just as any other opiate does. The rise in its use as a painkiller has led to an increase in methadone addiction as well. Methadone use brings with it a rash of negative side effects, which vary from extremely mild to very severe. More minor side effects involve drowsiness, nausea, constipation, swelling of the extremities, and mood swings. The more serious side effects include seizure, itching, hives, rash, and overdose. Symptoms of overdose are pinpoint pupils, slowed and shallow breathing, clammy and blue skin, unconsciousness, limp muscles, and coma. Withdrawals from methadone addiction are said to be more intense and extreme than that experienced while withdrawing from other opiates, due to the fact it is a much stronger substance (source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682134.html).
Methadone Addiction and PVRC’s Methadone Rehab
At Pacific View Recovery Center’s methadone rehab, we have a top of the line treatment program for methadone addiction. When patients come to PVRC, our staff will customize the best treatment approach to help with recovery. We go about this with physical and psychological examinations, which help us decide the next measures that need to be taken. There are a number of ways we approach therapy, which include group and individual sessions. Group therapy sessions are informative sessions that educate patients on addiction and have open discussions that promote bonding and allow patients to relate to one another. In individual therapy sessions, patients will delve into topics regarding underlying factors of methadone addiction and the perpetuating behaviors which can keep triggering the disease. Clients are taken on outings throughout Santa Monica and West LA to learn how to have fun without being dependent upon exterior factors to enjoy themselves. There is one objective we strive for a Pacific View Recovery Center; helping addicts start with right foot forward on the road to recovery.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further inquiries regarding our facility or treatment program. Call 866-737-4962 immediately and chat with an admission specialist to discover if PVRC’s methadone addiction rehab is the correct facility for the addict in your life.