Methadone Abuse Signs
Methadone is a synthetic opiate that is used to help in controlling the withdrawal symptoms that result from quitting opiates such as heroin, oxycontin and Vicodin. When administered in the right quantity, Methadone makes quitting the habit easier but continued use will result in a tolerance developing until the patient cannot function without it.
When a person cannot stop using Methadone, it is being abused. Addicts will continue to use the drug as they are not prepared to experience the withdrawal symptoms that they were originally attempting to escape while they were abusing other drugs such as heroin.
Continual abuse of Methadone will lead to the patient increasing their tolerance of it. This often results in users becoming stuck in a negative cycle of needing more and taking more which will lead to a physical dependency on the drug. Addicts lie to their physician in order to obtain larger quantities of the drug, often claiming that they are still under the control of the drug while increasing the quantities they are taking.
An increased tolerance to Methadone results in it not providing the addict with the original effect, this leads to them combining it with other drugs or alcohol in an attempt to enhance the effects and increase the duration of the effects.
When a patient craves Methadone, they become obsessed with it and cannot function without it, their prescription is not enough to satisfy the increasing demands of their body and so they begin to look for an alternative supply.
If a person is buying Methadone on the street, it is likely that they are abusing it and need to acquire a higher amount than their doctor has prescribed in order to fulfill their increasing need.
If a patient is addicted to Methadone they will develop withdrawal symptoms after a period of abstinence from it. Their general health and well-being will become affected and they may gain or lose a noticeable amount of weight. The addiction also causes drowsiness and patients are often not willing to get up in the morning and will remain sleepy throughout the day.
The behavior and general attitude of an addict will also probably be affected. People who used to be very social may avoid the company of former friends. Spouses report that their partner has become moody and secretive. Mood swings are common in general with the addict sometimes appearing exhilarated while at other times they seem depressed.
A more difficult indicator to recognize is a change in appearance; however this has been identified as a common place behavior in addicts.