Addiction to methadone and other opiates

You suffer an injury in a car accident, or you have a simple "slip and fall", or you strain a muscle while playing tennis, golf or working out at the gym. Or perhaps you're recovering from surgery, severe arthritis or cancer treatment.

In any case, your doctor is likely to prescribe a painkiller to help you manage the pain. Yet weeks, even months later - long after the initial injury may have healed - you are still taking OxyContin, Vicodin or some other opioid painkiller.

Unfortunately, the very drug which was supposed to help you, is now hurting you.

Today, an estimated 1 million Americans are addicted to heroin. About 120,000 people take methadone, a synthetic opiate, to control their heroin addiction. About 20% of methadone patients continue their methadone treatment for more than 10 years.

Methadone is a synthetic drug, an opiate narcotic which, when administered orally once a day, in adequate doses, can usually suppress a heroin addict's withdrawal and cravings for 24 hours. Patients are as physically dependent on methadone as they were to heroin or other opiates, such as Vicodin or OxyContin. Methadone is a drug substitute for heroin, it is not a cure for addiction.
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There is much controversy surrounding the use of methadone for the treatment of opiate addicts, a practice which is prevalent since the early 1960s.

Methadone addiction is a serious problem. In blind trials, users who were given both drugs orally were unable to distinguish between the effects of heroin and methadone. As compared to other opiates, such a heroin, in which the withdrawal period is a week to 10 days, heavy methadone users can expect to not recover for up to 5 or 6 weeks.

Many former heroin users have claimed that the horrors of withdrawal from heroin were far less difficult and painful than withdrawal from methadone.

When "methadone treatment" was invented, it was meant to be a 20-day process to help ease the pain of withdrawal from opiate addiction. Today, methadone treatment facilities are run based on their financial success, on profit from their customers. Think about it for a minute: if a methadone treatment center is licensed to treat 150 individuals and they are currently only treating 149, you are not going to get off methadone. This is due to the fact that they need you as a customer. Not true in 100% of the cases, very often true.

Many experts do not agree that the trading of opiate addiction for methadone addiction is a step in the right direction. Methadone is one of the most difficult drugs to detox from, since its effects are long-lasting and methadone is readily stored in the body's tissues.

 

Detoxifying from methadone and other opiates

Methadone cannot be discontinued without considerable physical discomfort. The amount of methadone should be very gradually decreased. The rate at which it is decreased is dependent on the reaction of the individual. Keeping methadone withdrawal symptoms at a tolerable level is the goal.

The herb skullcap (also spelled "Skullcap") is reputed to offer some relief and to lessen withdrawal symptoms from drug addictions, especially opiates, barbiturates and tranquilizers.

Methadone, as well as many other types of drugs such as cocaine, Valium, heroin, amphetamines (meth, crystal, crank, ecstasy, etc.), PCP, alcohol, and pharmaceutical drugs such as sleeping pills, tranquilizers and narcotic painkillers, can remain in the body for years. Over time, the metabolites and residues of these drugs can become stored in the fatty tissues of the body. When this happens, these stored residues can make it difficult, if not impossible, for the addict to remain drug-free, because they can trigger drug cravings and depression.

L. Ron Hubbard, author of "Clear Body Clear Mind", researched and developed methods to help addicts get through the pain of withdrawal without the use of potentially addictive drugs. A vital component in the successful rehabilitation of substance abuse is flushing out these accumulated toxic residues. A regimen of exercise, periods of time sweating in a dry sauna and nutritional supplements - such as niacin - are used to rid the fatty tissues in the body of these drug residues.
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I highly recommend the book "Clear Body Clear Mind", by L. Ron Hubbard, if you are interested in learning more about ridding fatty tissues from drug residues.

Also, as with ANY addiction, the power of PRAYER in helping one heal from addiction, should not be overlooked.

 






 



 

 

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