Is Methadone Really a Solution?

Methadone maintenance therapy has been administered in the United States for more than 50 years now as treatment for opiate addiction. Although this is the case there is a lot of controversy on its effectiveness and many are discouraging recovering addicts from using methadone to help alleviate their withdrawal symptoms because of the accompanied risks.

Methadone is classified as a Schedule II Narcotic. This means that methadone can only be obtained from methadone clinics and hospitals. If you are undergoing methadone therapy, you will be required to show up in either of these places every day in order to get your daily dose of treatment.

Recovering addicts are becoming dependent on its use because they are unaware that like opiates, methadone can be very addictive. Many of those who fail to follow the program end up substituting methadone for their previous addiction. Methadone is more addictive than other opiates like heroin and its effect on the body is even more dangerous when misused.

However, studies have shown that when methadone treatment is followed to the letter it is actually effective in helping a drug addict to recovery. Long term use of methadone and following the scheduled doses that is coupled with psychological and behavioral treatments have had huge success in helping addicts start a drug-free life.

Many, who have tried other methods of treatments and failed, swear to the effectiveness of the methadone therapy. Methadone therapy has also decreased the incidence of HIV and Hepatitis among drug addicts.

The focus of both medical practitioners and government agencies concerned should be in the close monitoring of the administration of methadone for those who are under the maintenance program as well as providing behavioral treatments for these recovering addicts, otherwise, these efforts will all be in vain.

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