Many people with an opioid addiction turn to methadone to wean themselves off of the drug. Methadone clinics promise rapid recovery and a path to a better life. But using methadone to treat opioid addiction really just means replacing one addiction with another. Methadone is just as dangerous and addictive as other opioids. It’s even possible to overdose on methadone. So if you’ve used methadone to quit heroin or another opioid, but now can’t stop using, you may need help from our West Palm Beach methadone detox program.
The nation is in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis. More people than ever before are using, abusing, and dying from opioids. The epidemic is only expected to grow over the next several years. As an antidote to this epidemic, some public health experts have recommended using methadone. This powerful drug can help wean people off of other opioids, but it’s not a panacea. Indeed, methadone can destroy lives just as easily as heroin.
Methadone is an opioid, which means that it’s chemically similar to drugs like heroin and oxycodone. It also affects the body in similar ways. As a nervous system depressant, methadone—much like other opioids—slows the functioning of your brain. This induces a state of intense relaxation, but can also undermine daily functioning. You may have less motivation, a shorter attention span, less energy, and a decreased ability to get things done. Over time, as the addiction progresses, you may begin valuing methadone more than anything else, even when your use harms your children.
Methadone addiction isn’t a choice. It’s not just a behavior. It’s the result of clear, specific changes in your brain and body. Abuse of methadone becomes addiction when the body becomes dependent on methadone to feel normal. When this occurs, the body also resists efforts to quit using methadone. You’ll feel sick, overwhelmed, and like you need methadone. The sensations get progressively worse over several days, and then get gradually better.
Most people who attempt to stop using methadone don’t make it through detox. The challenges of detox convince them that life isn’t possible without methadone. But if you can push through the pain of detox, the recovery journey gets much easier. That’s why it’s so important to choose a compassionate, qualified detox center.
Some people are more vulnerable to methadone addiction than others. Risk factors for methadone addiction include:
So how can you tell that you’re a methadone addict and need to go to detox? Some symptoms include:
One of the problems with addiction is that addiction causes denial. The people who need detox the most are the ones least likely to seek it. If you’re not sure whether you’re an addict, try to stop using methadone for a few days. If you can’t do it, that’s a sure sign that it’s time to go to methadone detox.
Detox might be the hardest part of the journey toward recovery, but it’s just the beginning. Once you’ve been an addict, you’ll always be at risk of again developing an addiction. The right treatment program can help you understand your addiction and reduce the chance that it will happen again.
We offer evidence-based therapy, trauma-sensitive counseling, complementary treatments such as massage and chiropractic care, and a compassionate, sensitive environment. We want to help you make your first detox your last. Let us help you chart a course to a lasting recovery and a happier life.
Addiction is a disease of the brain and body, not a moral failing or a bad personal choice. People with addictions need medical help to manage the risks of detox. They also need to address the underlying brain anomalies associated with addiction. Our West Palm Beach addiction detox program does both.
Research has shown that people with addiction are more likely to have low levels of a brain enzyme called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). This enzyme helps cells perform a wide variety of reactions, making it vital to good health. The process of addiction itself can further deplete NAD levels, which means that addicts are doubly at risk of low levels of NAD.
When NAD levels dip, so too do some neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that help carry nerve signals. Without these chemicals, the brain and body can’t function as well. A variety of mental illnesses, including addiction, depression, and anxiety, are linked to low levels of neurotransmitters. This means that addiction can lower levels of NAD, which then lowers neurotransmitter levels, producing a brain that doesn’t work as well and a mind that feels plagued by misery.
Our brain restoration program offers a path out of this nightmare. Our NAD IV drips nourish you through detox, restoring your brain and body so you can fight the disease of addiction once and for all.