What to Know About Methadone Detox

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“That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen”, wrote Charles Bukowski. The writings in his book ‘Women’ touches upon many of the facets that direct and produce alcoholic thinking in a person. The character in the book comes across many situations that he begins to realize are a direct result of his constant drunken stupor, but irrationally disregards them while continuing to play his health like a game of Monopoly. 

These fleeting revelations that the protagonist would have are a remarkable lesson for the world of alcoholism and those that claim citizenship in it. After there is a recognition of the disease of alcoholic thinking, there are generally two directions to go: Continuing a path of powerlessness and unmanageability, or doing something different and following a new route to getting better. 

In this day of age, most find themselves in conflict with the opioid epidemic, although drinking is still just as pervasive. Opiates and synthetic opioids alike are the focus of our seemingly never ending drug war in the United States and are the reason for our country being plunged into a “state of emergency”. Illicit substances as well as congressionally approved narcotics such as Fentanyl, Oxycontin, and Morphine have become chemical catalysts for the condition of our nation. Even Methadone, which is supposed to help those addicted to opiates/opioids, is causing widespread addiction issues. The severity of Methadone addiction is just less heard of because it sits under the radar due to it being the lesser of evils. Rest assured though, Methadone detox is just as serious as any other opiate/opioid withdrawal process. 

Methadone Detox is Very Real

Alcoholic thinking can create dependency with any substance, and Methadone should never be omitted from that list. So any aspect of recovery that can be conjured from Methadone dependency must be started with detox, just like would be needed for any other form of opiates/opioids. For some, Methadone withdrawals can begin as soon as someone misses their administered dose.

Everyone experiences detox a little differently, but Methadone detox is one that sometimes requires a special approach. This means going through the unavoidable process of ridding out the toxins. This means abstaining from use while regulating ourselves back to normal. Methadone detox is not an enjoyable process, but it is one that is completely worth it. Being that most who undergo Methadone detox are actually prescribed the substance, often times they have been on it for a while. 

Prescription Trouble

Getting off this prescribed drug often necessitates medical supervision. That medical attention can sometimes be the difference between life and death in extreme cases. Medical help will also make things more comfortable as the withdrawal symptoms set in. Some of those distinctions include:

  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Aches
  • Agitation/Frustration
  • Cold Sweats/Hot Flashes
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Constipation/Diarrhea

There’s even more in severe cases, but that’s the bulk of what to expect. Physically, detoxing from Methadone is an overwhelming experience that really could be a form of torture. The agony that take hold upstairs only makes the physicality of it much more dreadful. Coupled together and we have the magic ingredients for why many addicts/alcoholics fear getting clean. Most that have used for this prolonged state are familiar with withdrawals and the discomfort that follows along. Most who have used for this prolonged state are also over it and ready to move on with their lives. It’s kind of a double edged sword. Detoxification of a substance like Methadone takes a lot out of the individual being treated. It is something that absolutely demands dedication to get through.