Methadone: The Good and Bad

MethadoneAccording to the National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, methadone is the most effective treatment for opiate addiction. It has been used since the 1960’s as an alternative to opiates. Today, methadone and suboxone are commonly used. The topic is highly controversial and those that are for replacement therapy people that were using heroin and other highly potent prescription opioids can get off of those drugs and at least function using methadone and in addition, they are not breaking the law.

Methadone, the Double-Edged Sword

A recent News Tribune investigation has found that methadone treatment is far from harmless. In Minnesota, since 2001, 392 people have died of methadone-involved overdoses. From 2006 to 2010, the number of deaths almost equals those who died from firearms. This puts a heavier burden on taxpayers as well since half of the patients in Minnesota are on some sort of public assistance to pay for the care.

Another problem is that methadone ends up on the street and in the hands of drug dealers, where the price is as much as hundreds of dollars a dose. The result is big amounts of the drug out on the street with no prescription or without medical direction.

Most of the overdoses that occur are caused by people using other drugs in addition to methadone to increase their high. Those who are enrolled in methadone clinics are supposed to take random urine tests to ensure that only methadone is in their systems.

You Still Have an Addiction, You Still Need to Get Treatment

Whether you are thinking about taking the Methadone Treatment route or not, for your opiate addiction, it just means that you have an addiction nonetheless and need to get help no matter what. Get the help you need either way, from a methadone clinic or from a treatment center. There is a treatment out there just right for your special addiction needs.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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