Why You Shouldn’t Use Methadone to Get off Other Drugs
Methadone has been used for decades to help people get off heroin. But guess what? It doesn’t work. It has life-changing side effects. It’s easy to overdose on. And it’s almost impossible to quit.
It’s hard to face up to heroin withdrawal. It can be painful. That’s why only 5 percent of people who try to stop taking heroin without professional help are successful. Once those withdrawal symptoms start getting severe, an addict wants more of the drug. And that can go on for several, very uncomfortable days.
So – someone came up with the bright idea of using methadone. The idea was to take methadone instead of heroin, and gradually decrease the dose. But nothing much was known about methadone at the time.
For example, no one knew that methadone would be even hard to quit than heroin. In fact, it’s so hard to get off of – it can take months to gradually step down without danger – that it’s hard to find a drug treatment center that will give you the addiction help you need. They haven’t been very successful at it, and don’t want to have someone in their facility for months just basically getting through the withdrawal period.
It usually takes less than a week to withdraw from heroin. Sure, it’s not fun. But if you choose a drug treatment place that’s used to dealing with heroin addiction and uses nutrition and other natural ways to help you through it, it’s a lot easier.
But with methadone, you’re likely to stay on it the rest of your life.
And since it has uncomfortable side effects (click image above to enlarge), it’s not going to be a great life!
Also, more people overdose on methadone than on heroin. With heroin you can feel that it’s leaving your system, with methadone you can’t. So, you take more. And if you take it in combination with another drug or alcohol, that can also cause an overdose.
Lies People Tell About Methadone
A lot of people on methadone are convinced that they need it. But that’s because not many people understand how to get off it – even the pros. When you try for weeks or months to get off the drugs, or to help someone else get off it, it’s understandable that someone would get the idea that the person just needs it. And that they should stay on it.
Also, the person on methadone is often told their body needs it because it doesn’t produce enough endorphins – the hormones that make you feel less stressed, less in pain, and happier. But when you’ve been taking drugs that have been basically producing the endorphins for you, it takes time for the body to get back to normal after you quit the drugs.
You have to get off the methadone, and then give the body time to recover. It also helps (a lot) to be on a really good nutritional and exercise program.
What are the Alternatives to Methadone?
You have a choice – get onto a methadone program and, most likely, stay on it forever, and make your body unable to produce the endorphins it needs. Or, get off the heroin or whatever other opiate you’re on, get through drug rehab – which will get to the bottom of why you got addicted in the first place and how you can avoid it in the future – and get your life back.
No drugs. A second chance at life.
At Addiction Help Services, we know which facilities can help you get off methadone – if you’re already on it. And we know which facilities can get you off heroin (or pain meds, or whatever you’re taking).
In both cases, you’ll also get through full rehabilitation so you can have a happy, healthy life without drugs. Give us a call!