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Is the Use of Methadone Simply Replacing One Addiction with Another?

It has been found statistically that a large percentage of drug addicts are not aware of the treatment that is possible to get out of the addiction. Only a small percentage goes for treatment. This may be due to fear and anxiety through keep the fact of this addiction a secret. Such people do not realize that sooner or later their condition will come to light because of their various actions typically if his employer finds him slack and haphazard in his work and also unable to meet the targets set for him. Those who go for treatment get the medicines prescribed to neutralize the harmful effects of drugs being taken by them. The medicines prescribed will depend on the potency of the drug being taken by them.

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It may sound peculiar and strange, but some drugs are countered with other forms of drugs. Methadone is one such drug usually prescribed. It is expected that the use of methadone will remove the craving for the drug, and eventually, the person will stop using the drug. However, it may happen that prescribing medicine like methadone to counter the drug, may show positive results in the beginning, but may become counterproductive in the end. It depends on the length of time taken to administer methadone to cure him completely of the addiction problem. There may not be a problem if the period of treatment is short, to get a good result. However, continued use of methadone may help the person to get out of his original drug addiction, but he may get attached to methadone.

On the face of it, it is not a good idea to use a narcotic to counter another narcotic. Researchers have certainly found out other forms of treatment, which can bring positive results. Methadone, therefore, appears to be not good medicine for treating addiction.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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