Methadone Lollipop Addiction
Is it possible to suffer from a Methadone Lollipop Addiction?
Methadone is a synthetic opioid medication (narcotic) generally used to treat addiction and dependence to strong drugs, such as heroin, morphine and/or prescription painkillers, therefore, a Methadone lollipop addiction is certainly a possibility.
In addition to being used as part of a detoxification treatment and/or maintenance programs after addiction, methadone is often used as a pain reliever, therefore it is only available legally through certified pharmacies.
Methadone works as a "blocker"; this means that it affects the brain by stopping or blocking the high caused by opiate drugs. This also serves to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms an addict can experience when going through a rehabilitation program.
This narcotic is prescribed to be used once a day, to reduce withdrawal symptoms for a period of 24 to 36 hours. It comes in a tablet, an injection or in liquid presentation - which is often frozen and converted into candy-like squares or lollipops, being this last one the most popular form of use.
While this is a medication developed to treat addiction and help alleviate pain, no one can deny the methadone dangers that come with using the narcotic.
Using methadone to ease cravings of other drugs prevents the euphoric rush caused by the original addictive substance. However, this tends to cause a new form of "relaxation" that can easily lead to the presence of signs of methadone abuse if not controlled.
A methadone lollipop addiction is one of the methadone dangers that people often take for granted; this means, that because the medicine itself is presented in a candy-like form, they don't believe it can pose any real danger if used more than directed.
While people are more likely to develop abuse and/or addiction problems due to other opioids (painkillers or heroin), methadone users are equally vulnerable to suffering a methadone lollipop addiction.
Methadone lollipops have often been prescribed to ease pain on cancer patients and ease withdrawal symptoms on addicts recovering from a heroin addiction. A new craze, however, its the illegal distribution of berry-flavored methadone lollipops - being 100 times more powerful than morphine - and exposing users to numerous methadone dangers.
Signs of methadone abuse can come in a variety of shapes and forms. While someone using the narcotic can have access to it through a legit prescription, the addictive nature of the medicine can lead to its abuse or even to an addiction.
Some of the most common signs of methadone abuse are:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blurred vision
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pale or blue lips and fingernails
- Irritability and/or mood swings
A methadone lollipop addiction is a serious problem. Even if the medication itself is intended to help someone going through a rehabilitation process or ease the pain caused by a terminal illness, methadone can still be a deadly drug if misused.
Fortunately, there are ways to help someone showing signs of methadone abuse. A methadone lollipop addiction can be eliminated from someone's life starting with a 5 to 7 days detoxification program.
While detox alone is not enough to recover from a methadone addiction, it is the first step into a healthier lifestyle. After a patient is done with the detoxification process, they usually go into a drug rehab program to continue treatment. These rehabs programs include a variety of techniques that help the abuser deal with the addiction problem.
A rehab program teaches a patient new coping skills, assists them in developing a relapse-prevention agenda and recognize and avoid the triggers that initially caused the drug addiction. Counseling and therapy are also a core part of the recovery process.
Through counseling and group or individual psychotherapy, a recovering addict can identify hidden causes for their addiction problem; these causes can often be a long-term depression problem that was never addressed, an un-diagnosed bipolar disorder, consequence of mental or physical abuse, bullying in teenagers, etc.
Suffering from a methadone lollipop addiction does not have to define anyone's life. If you or someone you know is showing signs of methadone abuse, the time to get help is now.
We can help you find the right treatment facility and program for your particular needs. Call us at (305) 260-6513.