Facts and myths about methadone
Ignorance is impossible to combat without accurate, up to date information. Myths about methadone and methadone treatment continue to spread. We are dedicated to help, and that includes discussing any concerns you or your support team have regarding methadone treatment.
Here are a few myths you might have heard along with the Facts everyone should know:
Myth: Methadone rots your teeth and gets in your bones.
Fact: It does not rot teeth, nor is it stored in the bones. More often, the lifestyle of the addicted person often results in less dental care and poor eating habits. In the body, methadone is handled by the liver and stays in your body a long time. Its effect last a long time, this is the reason the person only needs to take it once per day.
Myth: Methadone is more difficult to "kick" than heroin.
Fact: Methadone stays in the body a long time (it has a long half-life), withdrawal from methadone takes longer than withdrawal from heroin. If a person wishes to decrease their dose of methadone, it is decreased under medical supervision over time.
Myth: Methadone treatment providers are just "legal drug dealers."
Fact: Another name for a drug dealer is a drug pusher, one who pushes drugs on you. They don’t offer a push up, instead they offer a push down. Methadone is the most highly regulated and monitored form of treatment. Persons participating in medication assisted treatment are not getting "high" from their dose. This treatment serves the same purpose as a nicotine patch, and it helps to stop withdrawals. It is the counseling, supportive treatment that will help to give you the tools to build your life up and away from the addict lifestyle. You are now a Person in Recovery- You are A Courageous One.
Myth: Taking methadone damages your body.
Fact: People have been taking methadone for more than 30 years, for both pain control and addiction. There has been no evidence that long-term use causes any physical damage. Some people do suffer some side effects from methadone - such as constipation, increased sweating, and dry mouth – but these usually go away over time or with dose adjustments.
You will receive a Patient Orientation Packet with more myths and facts and additional educational information.
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