Well, to begin with, let me ask you what you know about Methadone. What is Methadone? Is it a causer or a curer? Is it safe or unsafe in your hands? If you cannot answer to these questions by yourself, let me help you find out with a series of information on this subject.
What is Methadone?
Methadone, also known as Dolophine is one of the opioid drugs which are used in detoxification of other opioids (narcotic) drugs mainly Heroin, Oxycontin, and Dilaudid. It is used pharmaceutical just to get rid of opioid drug dependence from which thousands of people suffer every day. Methadone is usually administered orally, very few times it is seen to be injected into veins. The effect can be both rapid as well as slow depending on the dosage you are following. It will take 5 days to show its effect at the most and will last for six hours after one dose. The history of its discovery dates back to the Second World War in between 1937 and 1939, in Germany. Methadone was first put in use for pain relief effects and since then it has been manufactured globally for its rapid and effective actions on pain and addiction of drugs. The interesting part is, Methadone itself being a drug is capable of cutting off the impact or dependence of other drugs in your life. However, this does not demarcate the information one should know about it.
Is Methadone a Curer or Causer?
The answer is none of the options given, it is simply a treatment; a treatment to save you from the grip of other opioid drugs whose effects and impact are huge in your life. The duration of this treatment varies from person to person and also from clinic to clinic. Depending on the amount of reduction it is causing you after one dose, the rest of the detox program is sorted. Methadone not only stabilizes you medically but also boosts your inner mental strength to improve your lifestyle without a bunch of addictive drugs. As earlier discussed, it also gives you a sigh of relief if you are suffering from chronic pain issues and you cannot make a difference in terms of results with any medication.
Is Methadone Safe or Unsafe in Your Hands?
Everything in this world is safe if used properly with proper guidance and everything can turn out to be unsafe too if you start abusing or misusing on a daily basis. Methadone is usually prescribed to a person after evaluating his or her body system strictly. The need of Methadone can be urgent to people who are only suffering from drug addiction (opiate) and cannot take control of their lives. It is absolutely safe in this case as you are under a supervision. On the other hand, if Methadone is treated as a street drug and misused by a person who does not have the tolerance to take its effect, it is highly dangerous. A slight dose can cause a person death in this case. The dispense is hence very important here.
This is whole another segment where you will get to know what Methadone is doing to people in this course of treatment and how to get rid of such occurrence. As Methadone itself is a drug from the opioid family, during the treatment of detoxification or pain relief, people get intoxicated. This happens because over the time, people develop a certain tolerance against it and this keeps increasing day by day. Therefore, to get the effects, one has to increase the dosage per day and unwittingly people end up following whole another direction in this journey. So, to cut out the link of drugs from your life altogether, Methadone Detox came into play.
What is Detox from Methadone?
This is a bit complicated question and can be answered only through other topics which I am going to talk about now. Soon after you realize that you have been trapped by this powerful drug, you will notice a few withdrawal symptoms. This might be a little painful initially but don’t allow the short-term pain to be a part of your long-term painful life.
Methadone Detox or Withdrawal Symptoms May Include
- Eyes tearing
- Runny nose
- Flu-like sensation
- Mood swings
- Drug cravings
- Severe pains and cramps
- Change in heartbeat rate
- Trouble breathing
The duration and the intensity of such symptoms may vary. Some of these might peak on the 3rd day. The withdrawal symptoms will get worse with time and may last up to a month or more depending on the addiction level. During this period of discomfort, you might feel of relapsing like most of the people. But in doing so, you kill the possibility of detoxing further. Therefore, you should remember to hold yourself firmly during this tough period and don’t let yourself slip off the tunnel. Next, it is recommended not to deal with this situation alone, as this will only increase the risk of your life. Following is a list of schedules or protocols you may follow to Detox from Methadone.
Methadone Detox Protocols
# Set yourself for an Appointment with your Doctor: Team up with your doctor and start working on it. In doing this, you allow yourself to walk on the right path and that too with support which is very much needed for such kind of life situations. Consult your doctor about the symptoms you are going through and seek a medicinal or therapy based cure. Don’t be scared about the effects of medicines in this case, as this is a comfortable way to root this out is with the help of guided medication like Buprenorphine, Naloxone, etc.
# Methadone can be used to Detox from Methadone itself: Don’t be shocked or confused if your doctor asks you to take the very drug that caused you such symptoms. Methadone is very effective to reduce its own impact or effect on a person’s if taken sensibly with guidance and supervision. This works as this is a long-acting drug and the drug levels in your body gradually break down with shorter and shorter dosages. Again, dont be worried about the opiate drug worsening your scenario more. Follow your doctor and his/her every word.
# Emotional Boost is what you will need in Extra: Under such life risking situations, you will need a moral support above everything. If you lack motivation, 90% of your efforts in detoxing the drug will go in vain. So, you may talk to your friends or anyone you know who has suffered from the same and has overcome finally. This will build up a mental strength and boost you up even more. Don’t be around people who send negative vibes about this. Allow good vibes only.
# Take the help of The Detox Program of TCI: The Coleman Institute has come up with an amazing detox program of about 8 days which ensures that your body is free of opiates by the end of the 8th day. This works with the help of Accelerated Opiate Detox (AOD). This is one of the comfortable ways to detox from opioids that too within a short span of time with guaranteed cure. It generally takes 3 days for you to clean off the opioids with AOD but as this is a long-acting drug and may not be removed at once, they make sure you are completely free from the addiction by using the 8-day Detox Program. For more details, check these websites out:
# Novus Medical Detox Center: This Centre has a similar kind of detox program arranged for you. This is another safe method of detoxing high dose of Methadone with the guidance of National Experts with minimal discomfort.
# Detox Cold Turkey: This is going to be a painful and tedious process so you need to take this step under a good supervision. You need to remember that initially things are bound to be worse because this is rapid withdrawal or detox process without any tapering dose or anything. In Detox centers or any other clinic, you will be asked to taper the dose so that the detoxification occurs step by step but going cold turkey is not at all of such kind. Besides, you have to be patient enough throughout the process because Methadone might stay in your body even after two weeks. Unless you are fully satisfied with the results, don’t give up.
# Choose Qigong: It is a kind of ancient Chinese exercise which is undoubtedly and surprisingly more effective than any other withdrawal medications. It basically deals with your mind and soul connection. It is very similar to Tai Chi and involves activities like deep breathing, concentration, meditation and meditation moves. It enables you to practice stillness of mind. It has been proven that Qigong is more effective than any withdrawal medicines by examining a bunch of male addicts in China.
# Use Opioid Agonist: You should start taking Kratom as soon as you become detached from Methadone. Kratom is a plant whose origin is same as the coffee. It is one of the most powerful opioid agonists. Using this will help you considerably to overcome the drug cravings and the withdrawal symptoms as well. Take 10 gms of Kratom dust every day in the morning in a glass of grapefruit juice. Replacing water with fruit juices, in this case, is highly beneficial and helps Kratom to work better. Discontinue this after 2 weeks maximum as this can be addictive.
# Get started with Opiate Withdrawal Supplements: This step is exclusively for people who have started tapering the dose of Methadone intake. While you have begun to learn how to come off Methadone, start taking an opiate withdrawal supplement. This will enhance your mood and energy, soothe your anxious level, restore your sleep, etc. You may check the following websites for reference.
# Exercise on a Daily Basis: By doing this, you do help yourself with a lot of things. An outlet to the negative energy inside you is necessary. By exercising you get rid of that negative vibe and not only just this, exercising will help you boost our confidence and reduce you emotional and physical pain. This will also rebuild your physique and help you to get rid of anxiety, depression, etc. You will feel relaxed above everything.
# Prepare a Morning Tonic: It is important for you to maintain a proper schedule of detoxing and to categorize your detoxing plans according to when to use. As soon as you rise up in the morning, prepare a morning tonic for Methadone Detox by using the following ingredients.
– 4 or 5 ounces of water
– 2 full droppers of Shen Nong’s Ginseng (a kind of root that adapts your body to mental stress)
– 3 full droppers of Raw Reishi (a kind of mushroom which acts as a mood booster)
– 1 tablespoon of Maca juice (Maca root is beneficial for body balance)
Stir this well and drink early in the morning.
# Build up Your Endorphins: Design your diet chart in a way so that the net intake of protein is 25-30 gms in each meal. If you eat the mentioned amount of proteins thrice a day, your brain will automatically release endorphins (a group of hormones causing analgesic effect). So, try eating fish, turkey, chicken of high-quality protein. Eat as much organic food substances you can, plenty of veggies and fruits and drink plenty of water (3 liters). You can also build up your endorphin level by exercising regularly.
During the stages of withdrawal symptoms and cure, craving is something, which will be a part of your journey. Don’t be impatient about it. Act wisely and focus on the long term effects only rather than the short term pleasure and desire.
Here are a few Tips to control your Drug Cravings:
- Learn the consequences from someone or Internet, this will reduce the craving in no time.
- Divert your mind whenever the craving strikes.
- Control your senses and don’t let them control you.
These are the protocols you can implement shortly for your betterment. Make sure to make a schedule and strictly abide by it till you see any changes. For more confidence, go and talk to your doctor about this. Before choosing the right protocol, seek his/her permission so that you gain some mental support. Keep your patience and efforts up and embrace a good and healthy life like before.
**Note: Consult a doctor before you follow any of the tips.