Methadone is given to people under treatment for addiction to heroin or other opiates. Its prescription has become controversial, as there is an argument that taking methadone is trading one addiction with another. The drug may be injected, but is mostly taken orally. One easy-to-notice methadone addiction sign is when a person continues to take the drug after recovering from one addiction.

There are people who continue taking methadone for years. Methadone addiction is characterized by physical addiction to this synthetic opiate. It has similar characteristics to other drugs in the category of those that are used for replacing other drugs, such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin. The people who are dependent to methadone cannot function without taking it.

Methadone Addiction

Other methadone addiction signs can be noticed in the way a person takes medication. If a patient takes the drug more frequently than the doctor instructed, it shows that the body is abusing the medication. There are some patients who consume a higher dose in order to cater for tolerance. This makes the patient develop a need to take more, as the normal amount does not have the desired effect.

Methadone Craving

Methadone addiction is both physical and psychological. Those who are addicted have emotional attachments to the drug and their mind is preoccupied on getting more methadone. This is triggered by the strong urge to consume the drug. Other methadone addiction signs among people who are taking the drug as prescribed are:

  1. Combining methadone with other substances or alcohol.
  2. Taking more methadone than what is indicated.
  3. Obtaining methadone illegally.
  4. Using methadone, then continuing to take heroin
  5. Lying to a doctor about symptoms to be provided with high doses. Such patients find reasons to get extra prescriptions to cater for the extra needed. Some people will visit several doctors with the same case to get more methadone.

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

Methadone withdrawal symptoms last for a long time. At times they can last two to six months. Methadone withdrawal may cause an addict to experience the following:

  • Fever
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Delirium
  • Sneezing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Suicidal ideas
  • Hallucinations
  • Pain and aches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Increased blood pressure

Another sign of addiction is a sudden loss of interest in the vital things in life. Methadone addicts are likely to stop doing things that they were doing previously without reason. Some will lose interest in their jobs, studies, friends, and family.

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