my daughter is in detox and she chose the methadone treatment which terrifies me? can someone help me understand this?
If someone is going to have long term pain from an injury or condition, methadone is the better medicine to take. It is one of several opiate replacement therapies available. Methadone is also a long acting pain medicine. It blocks other opiates from working so, she won't be able to take any other opiate and get a buzz or get high. Methadone sits on the receptor sites in the brain and works for pain, but also to block other opiates. Join the methadone group here and look through old posts and there will likely be other members and posts who can help explain this further if I didn't give you enough info. Methadone when used properly actually will be better for her body than using too many pain pills. They can cause liver damage if taken for long periods or in large amounts. Another alternative is suboxone, but if she has true pain, methadone is the way to go.
hi ckelly,when your daughter went into rehab methadone is most likely the drug she was given to help ease the symptoms.in rehab you can get off the pills but if thats what she did she must address the problems that got her there and in this predicament.they call it pharmaco therapy.being on a methadone clinic will get the help she may need.young people today have the same problems we did growing up.if she is gonna get 1 on 1 therapy and group therapy,it can be most enlightening.some people have problems that there not even aware of. i personaly got on suboxone in rehab,and have been clean for almost a year.some people fear methadone because of a few bad apples in the past. the methadone and suboxone clinic i'm on is saving my life one day at a time. a/a and n/a are another great place to help in your daughters recovery.try anything that keeps her off the pills and the streets. a methadone clinic will monitor her urine for other drugs. believe me anything is better than the streets or them pill pushing doctors.give this a try with her and it may be saving life... pete
ckelly, The purpose of methadone detox or maintence is that once your daughter reaches what is known as the comfort zone, she will no longer have any cravings for other narcotics, she will begin to turn her life around and become a more productive individual, if she tries to get high, the methadone will block it, she won't be wasting anymore time chasing pills when she doen't feel anything. Almost every program will insist on random urine samples or mouth swabs. Required weekly counseling and probably even some mandatory outside help,A.A./N.A. She won't have to worry about an accidental overdose as she has to take her medication in front of the dosing nurses. As she begins to pull her life back together, she can hold down a job, still have the money she earns as opposed to chasing pain pills around at unreasonable prices not to mention some of the people she is around when she does so. That was the upside.
The downside is the programs can be costly depending on what state you live in. Some privately owned programs are more interested in the almighty dollar, so they jack their doses up which in turn makes it harder to come off. Long lines at some programs, people who hold down morning work usually get in the door and out first. She will meet almost, if not more drug abusers. Please advise her not to try and make friends, they usually just want something from you. the detox from the methadone is not fun by a long shot, it is less severe but can last up to two months if not detoxed carefully by the nursing staff. They do not have any tolerance for use of tranquilizers, alcohol, and most importantly cocaine.I have experienced it from your daughters side and now after getting clean my pain management Dr. prescribes me Methadone for chronic pain, but it helps and for now that's good enough for me. I wasn't clear if she was inside a facility for detox, if so that is better. Hope the info helped. Fall Queen
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