Methadone, originally marketed as dolophine, and first synthesized by German pharmaceutical companies during the Second World War, is an opiod that was used as an analgesic for the treatment of severe pain. Today it is primarily used for the treatment of narcotic addiction, although sometimes as an option for pain relief. Regular use of it however causes physical dependency, sometimes leading to methadone addiction in West Palm Beach as well as other areas in South Florida.
Holding the same characteristics as other drugs in its class, it is used to replace the abuse of drugs such as vicodin, oxycontin, percocet and heroin. Someone struggling with an addiction to methadone may feel as though they cannot function throughout the day without it.
Because methadone works on the pleasure centers throughout the brain, it creates a feeling of well being. Heroin addicts can find themselves continuing to use methadone as a way to deal with withdrawal symptoms, much in the same way they were originally abusing heroin.
When using methadone, a person’s body temperature, heart rate and respiration drop along with a lowering of blood pressure. As a result, addicts experience feelings of contentment, warmth and drowsiness during use. For long term users, symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, tooth decay and vomiting.
Just like the beginning stages of overcoming an addiction to heroin, the first step in methadone treatment is detox. Luckily there are numerous inpatient and outpatient detox options in Florida. There is more than one way to kick a methadone addiction in West Palm Beach so if you, or someone you know is struggling with this addiction, seek help today.
The Delray Center for Healing is here for you. We will tailor a program best suited to your needs as well as your family. You’re not alone in this struggle. If you want to help yourself, we want to help you.