How many methadone myths have you heard?
If you got clean using methadone maintenance treatment or have a loved one who improved their life using methadone then these methadone myths piss you off.
Yet, if you have a friend or loved one stuck in the grips of heroin hell and you read these methadone myths then you are probably scared to death or totally against any idea they have of starting methadone maintenance treatment.
Lucky for you, I am going to shed some light on the most unbelievable methadone myths. Yet before I begin, I want to cover a few small things.
P.S. – Bear with me if you are a frequent visitor to Unjunkiefied. I don’t talk like my usual self (which may be a relief to some). I want to get the point across in a professional manner to people who are reading this for informative purposes only. And don’t want to hear my unnecessary two cents about certain things. Okay, maybe a few times but this article is coming from personal experience, knowledge, medical professionals, etc. It’s real talk.
The Stigma Surrounding Methadone
Methadone maintenance treatment or MMT is a form or treatment for opiate addiction.
The United States has been using MMT for well over 50 years. May I add…that methadone maintenance treatment has been and continues helping people overcome heroin addiction with great success.
The negative stigma surrounding medicine-assisted treatment including methadone leads society to think badly and negatively of methadone treatment due to misinformation.
The methadone myths in circulation are utterly ridiculous. Yet, people believe these myths without a second thought.
People receiving the wrong information and passing it along to others keeps the negative stigma in effect.
Most humorous to me is the fact that many of the misconceptions about methadone come from the MMT clients themselves.
It’s a classic tale of miscommunication.
One person says something and another passes it on, changing it just a little, and so on and so on. Until it’s a completely different story than what was originally said.
So with all of the nonsense that is being said, the myths of methadone continue to grow.
The point is people have misconceptions.
People have their own thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Some are open-minded and susceptible to new information.
Others are stubborn and think that recovering addicts in MMT are nothing more than junkies. The stigma will always be there.
For those of you who want to know the facts or maybe even want a laugh continue reading.
10 Unbelievable Methadone Myths Dispelled
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1. Methadone is a substitute for heroin.
Methadone is a maintenance drug, not a replacement drug. You will hear me say that over and over again.
- Methadone is distributed at a methadone clinic.
- A nurse is present to monitor the client when he or she takes the methadone.
- Clients are on a stable dosage.
- Methadone is long-lasting.
- A doctor with a valid license must prescribe methadone for you to legally obtain usage of it.
Heroin is an illegal street drug.
- It is fast acting.
- You feel euphoric when you take it.
- You don’t have euphoria when you take methadone.
The simple fact is if taken legally Methadone prohibits the client from feeling the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms of heroin and other opiates.
2. Methadone gives you the same euphoric high as dope. Ultimately, causing the person on methadone to not function normally.
When you are on a stable dose, methadone does not give you any euphoric feelings.
If your dose is too low, you will actually still feel somewhat miserable. If your dose is too high, it means you aren’t using it right and you either need to lower your dose asap. Or get on with life as a heroin addict and try methadone maintenance when you are serious about getting help for opiate addiction.
When a client is stable and properly uses his or her methadone they are so-called “normal”. Simply meaning- it is impossible to distinguish the difference between a person on methadone and a person not taking it.
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The whole point of methadone is to enable the person using it to be able to work, to live, to parent, to sleep, to eat, to function like a normal human being does. Without having to experience any painful withdrawal symptoms.
3. Pregnant women should not take methadone.
It is recommended that a pregnant woman who is addicted to heroin or any other opiate drugs convert over to methadone. This is done in a hospital that specializes in both prenatal care and pregnant woman prescribed to methadone. This will save the mother and the baby from any harm.
A baby could possibly withdrawal from the methadone after birth which the baby will be gently weaned off of in the NICU. Medical professionals typically use morphine to wean a newborn baby off of methadone. This way, the baby doesn’t go through painful withdrawal.
If a pregnant woman using heroin is sick and withdrawals. It may hurt her and cause harm to the fetus or even a possible miscarriage. Methadone is the correct medication for a pregnant opiate addict. The pregnant woman is doing what is best for her and her baby according to professionals. (for those of you who have something to say about it – DON’T. Your opinion really doesn’t matter.)
4. Using Methadone Rots Your Teeth.
Are you serious? How many heroin addicts do you know that take care of their teeth properly? Hell, some don’t even shower. You don’t eat right. And you don’t brush your teeth right.
Once you get off of the drugs, you finally feel the pain. Your mouth is falling apart. Blame it on methadone all you want. You did it. Your mouth was a disaster long before you began methadone. The good thing is, now you care enough about yourself (not to mention, you can feel the damage to your mouth) and your appearance to go get your dental issues fixed.
5. Methadone makes you gain weight.
False. Wow. Before you got clean when you were in active addiction – How much did you weigh? You probably were anorexic thin but thought you looked good. It’s funny when you think about it. Most of us could stand to put on 10 or 20 pounds. Some even more than that. Now that we are clean, we feel better, we eat more. It’s a fact.
We are not running the streets from dawn till dusk getting money and getting high. Now that we are healthy and don’t do drugs, we eat. Hey, I like to eat. If you put on more weight than you should. Did you ever think maybe you traded one addiction for another?
Consider the situation. Are you overweight now? If so, why do you think that is? I guarantee it’s not the methadone. There is not one little thing in methadone that makes a person gain weight, want to eat more, slows down your metabolism, or anything like that.
Since your doping days, you have got older, probably sit on your phone or watch tv much more than you used to. Just think about it.
FYI – If you have gained more weight than you wanted, just know you are not the only one. Yes, I am talking about myself.
6. It is harder to stop using methadone than to stop using heroin.
This is how it works. Methadone is long-lasting. You only need one dose per day to prevent withdrawal from occurring. (In specific and rare cases, some people receive split doses)
Heroin lasts for a very short time. You need multiple doses every day to maintain your withdrawal symptoms. When you stop using heroin, the drug is out of your system in approximately 72 hours. You may still experience withdrawal due to the fact that your body is accustomed to having heroin.
Being that methadone lasts longer, it’s not until the tenth day after you stop using that the withdrawal really sets in. The withdrawal symptoms are slower which is why people say it’s worse because it tends to last longer.
When a person is in MMT, he or she gradually lowers their dose so they never have to experience any withdrawal symptoms.
There is no specified time it takes to get off of methadone. Every individual case is different.
It is up to the person and how they choose to detox. Better yet, when they choose to or if they choose to.
7. Methadone was named after Hitler.
This is a rumor that matters to quite a few people. Methadone was invented in Germany. Originally, methadone was a wafer form named Dolophine which is where Adolf Hitler is supposedly involved. Dolophine is actually named after Vincent Dole, a physician in New York city that was one of the first doctors to market methadone.
The -phine in Dolophine comes from Morphine. Morphine originated from Morpheus, the Greek God of dreams. The -dolph or -dolop as said was named after Vincent Dole, not Adolf Hitler as people presume.
Bottom line, Adolf Hitler has nothing to do with the naming of Methadone.
8. Methadone is worse for a person than heroin.
Why would a person think a medication can harm you more than an illegal street drug?
Methadone does not cause a person harm when used correctly.
It does not rot your teeth, your bones, or your organs. It will not make any disease that you may have worse than it already is.
Methadone is actually the only prescription medication used for pain that does not lower the immune system.
Here’s something you may relate to and find quite interesting…
When you were in active heroin addiction, I bet you never got sick, never caught a cold, etc. When in reality, you were in a state of euphoria even though you may not think so. Which is the reason you never felt a cold or sickness or body aches.
Now that you’re not high on illegal drugs, you feel the harm that heroin has done to your body. Just so you know, methadone does not make it worse or cause any of this.
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9. Methadone gets into your bone marrow.
If you are on methadone, I’m sure you have heard this myth.
Methadone does NOT get into your bone marrow. The truth is that methadone settles in your fat cells. The more fat cells you have the longer it takes to get out of your body.
To simplify that statement, if you are heavy and out of shape, your methadone withdrawal will take longer than someone who is fit and doesn’t seem to have an ounce of fat on their body.
Once in recovery from substance abuse, you should start taking care of yourself anyhow. This is just another reason to eat healthy, exercise, and live clean.
10. Mothers can NOT breastfeed while on methadone.
Doctors actually recommend that a mother on methadone breastfeed.
First, the colostrum which is the first bit of breast milk is extremely beneficial to the baby.
Second, it will lessen the baby’s withdrawal from the minuscule amount of methadone transferred to the baby through breast milk.
The one and only reason a mother on methadone should not breastfeed her child is if she is HIV or AIDS positive.
I hope these ten myths shed a little light on what you had in mind about methadone maintenance treatment.
The stigma and negativity simply come from misinformation, dishonesty, and fabrication.
Methadone maintenance is a medication-assisted treatment that has saved many lives. Due to the harsh symptoms of heroin withdrawal, methadone maintenance treatment allows addicts to recover and live a life they thought was otherwise impossible.
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