Absolutely, methadone is the gold standard especially for heroin addiction. Once she gets stable you will start to very quickly your sister in law come back to normal. Methadone for a heroin addict takes away the cravings and withdrawals which relentlessly pulls the addict back into using. Methadone is not switching one opiate for another. Chemically methadone isn't really a opioid/opiate but it does react with the opiate receptors allowing the addict to break free of the addictive behavior and begin a life without heroin. Also methadone allows the brain to revert back to it's normal chemical state and begin to produce it's own endorphins which is critical for a recovering addict.
Depending on how long she has been addicted (most heroin addicts are heavy long term abusers) she will likely be on methadone for quite some time and possibly for life. I myself have been in recovery for almost 8 years and I can't see me stopping treatment as I have turned everything around 180 degrees. So my advice to you would be to learn about heroin addiction and methadone treatment. I think you will find that your sister in laws story is a very long one of a depressed person who maybe took a vicodin or percocet and found that she felt normal and happy, which most addicts start this way... Try and Google `we speak methadone? and go to their forum. Excellent help there at that site... Hang in there at least you know she wonèt be found dead from a heroin od...
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