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Methadone is a drug used to treat opioid addiction by changing how the brain and nervous system respond to pain. Methadone is an opioid drug that creates severe dependence because most opioid addicts remain on a methadone maintenance program for months or even years. Like any other opioid, the body develops a tolerance and requires an increased dose as time goes by.
Methadone is an opioid and is addictive, creating dangerous dependence. When you stop taking the drug, you begin to experience opioid withdrawal symptoms. Methadone withdrawal is painful, like any other opioid dependence, making methadone withdrawal difficult to manage. Patients are generally weaned off methadone slowly and given other medication to manage withdrawal symptoms.
Yes, methadone is an opioid drug that creates tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Heroin addicts or opioid users are replacing an illegal opioid with a legal opioids. Unfortunately. Methadone maintenance is still common practice, and treating people for methadone addiction is also common.
The first step to treat methadone dependence is with medical detox to wean the person off the drug and manage withdrawal symptoms. Detox takes time, and it has been known to take weeks to get a person off the drug successfully. Following detox, the next phase of treatment should include short-term or long-term drug rehab. In addition, aftercare support is critical to help manage sobriety.