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Drugs and Alcohol Addiction is a universal problem. There are several ways to overcome it.
Methadone Addiction

Methadone hydrochloride is an opiate narcotic. Once used as an analgesic, it is now mainly used as a substitute for heroin or other narcotics in the treatment of drug addicts. Methadone has the power to suppress a heroin addict's withdrawal and cravings for 24 hours when administered orally once a day. Methadone's stabilizing factor permits addicts to change their behavior and to stop using heroin. It is not a cure for addiction, but a drug substitute for heroin. Methadone is seen in the form of a liquid called linctus or methadone mixture, tablets and injectable ampules.



Effects of Methadone

In patients with severe pain, Methadone works in the brain to decrease the sensation of pain and mute the emotional response to it. Methadone can be as addictive as morphine and heroin. Chances of death are more at the beginning of treatment in methadone programs. Methadone generally has almost all the opioid side effects. It includes developing tolerance and physical and psychological dependence. Respiratory depressions, hypotension or bronchospasms, constipation, nausea or vomiting, sedation, vertigo, drowsiness, weakness, euphoria, dry mouth, urinary retention and edema are other side effects. The positive effects are a sense of well being, feeling warm, content, and untroubled. Sometimes the pupils of the eye become smaller, body temperature drops, and blood pressure and pulse rate slow down.

Symptoms of Addiction

Insisting the doctor to prescribe a higher dosage than is required, taking excess dosage of medicine, mixing methadone with other drugs, including alcohol, etc.. are some of the symptoms found in people getting addicted to Methadone.

Treatment

Recovery from drug addiction starts with detoxification. But detoxification is difficult because it is immediately stored and stays long in the body's tissue. It is advisable to adopt methods that help addicts get through the pain of withdrawal without using potentially addictive drugs. Exercises, time sweating in a dry sauna and nutritional supplements can be used to rid the fatty tissues in the body from the drug residues.

 
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