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Confused About Methadone and It’s Purposes

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Stevenson, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Stevenson

    Stevenson Member

    If Methadone is a narcotic pain reliever, how can it be used to help narcotic addiction?
  2. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    I believe the thought is take someone who is abusing high powered opiates which you can accidentally overdose on such as heroin and trade it for methadone slowly decreasing the tolerance and the dose.I PERSONALLY don't think methadone is the correct choice as replacement for someone who say is addicted to Vicodin or Norco or Loratab.But you do pose a good question.I PERSONALLY believe someone taking such pills is better off decreasing the dose of such pills without trading it for methadone, However if on Heroin or a high dose of Fentanyl or Oxycontin then methadone may work but I believe there are better choices in today's world,10-15 year's ago I think methadone was the go to for such addiction
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  3. Aodafml2

    Aodafml2 Senior Contributor

    I can tell u 1st hand it serves a purpose for recovery only if its short term program...that's not usually the case.
    The dispensaries make way to much$$$ to help u get off.....
    It was invented by the nazis back in the day because USA and allied forces had control of the poppy fields..the germans needed pain killers for soilders... actually google has all your answers....I wont ramble on like I normally do.....good luck
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  4. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener


    Hello and welcome. That is a great question and @True concern has given you some insight on the matter. I'm not an expert, but I can see the value of something like methadone or Suboxone to help people get off of the more harmful opiates. But I do think they should always be with the intent of weaning off everything sooner rather than later. I know that's not always easy though.

    Feel free to keep coming back and know that we're here for you.
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  5. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

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  6. Bonsai52

    Bonsai52 Member

    I can tell you that after ruining my life chasing oxycontin and whatever substitute (heroin) I could find, I knew at some point that I was reaching the end of the road and methadone offered a stable alternative. I could manage my life much better once I wasn't wasting all that energy looking for the next high. However, I can tell u right now that there is nothing short term about it and I wouldn't go that route because it is worse to wean off than the other. so is Suboxone. they are both designed that way, each being a long acting drug. I believe now that either treatment will definitely take you the long way around to recovery. But, hey, some people need that. I would prob still be taking suboxone now if it weren't so expensive but on the other hand I am sick to death of being dependent on doctors and clinics who have the power to make you sick if you don't do exactly what they want or if you cant afford to pay or if you insurance says refill too early. Ever feel like your dealer had you by Well, the methadone clinic and sub docs are just legal dealers and they all know it.
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  7. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Bonsai52 i'm glad that you're off of those things. i can understand what you're saying.... while some people do need suboxone or methadone...not everyone has to go that route.

    thank you for your input! have a wonderful day!
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  8. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Thanks for your insight, @Bonsai52. Much appreciated!
  9. Will1980

    Will1980 Member

    Yea I agree methadone provided a short term fix for me.However don't do it.Ive been off since Dec. And still very dopesick.
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