“So lets talk about the dangers of methadone. Methadone is a medication that carries of a lot of urban legend, a lot of phulpur, and a lot of mixed public opinion. Some of the real facts about Methadone is that yes it is an effective treatment for heroin and opioid dependence. It is also an effective pain medication and coming off of Methadone in terms of withdrawal is more difficult then regular opiates. However, what is little known about Methadone is that it is extremely dangerous in overdose. Much more so then pretty much any other opiate out there. The problem with Methadone is that it can kill you two different ways. both of which usually accidentally. The first is by simple overdose, just taking too much. The problem with methadone is that its hard to gauge how much is too much. Somebody and a very large amount of heroin or oxycodone, a very large amount might think wow I can take a large amount of Methadone also I am very tolerant, and usually that’s true. However, rather often its not true. And a person will experience a rather sensitive response to Methadone. Where a small dose will suppress the original symptoms and a slightly larger dose that is still overall pretty small will cause them to overdose and possibly die without medical attention. That is one of the main problems with Methadone. Is that and that tendency is rather unpredictable and it’s different from person to person and within the same person its different from one year to the next, from one month to the next, even from one week to the next. It really changes you know even within the same person over the course of time. The other way that Methadone can kill a person is through an arrhythmia of the heart, where it stops your heart. This tends to happen at higher doses, but can happen at lower doses this is at a dose where the person may have not overdosed. Like they would have expected too, or thought they might have. But rather they just have an arrhythmia and there heart stops. It will kill them just the same that effect is also some what unpredictable and really this is why people on Methadone for pain maintenance or for relapse prevention maintenance need to be checked as far as there EKG, as far as there heart rhythm regularly. To make sure that they are not having any kind of arrhythmia that could escalate to a problem. At the higher doses it is more of a problem.”
West Palm Beach FL, Delray Beach FL, Boca Raton FL, Boynton Beach FL, Lantana FL, Ft Lauderdale FL, Parkland FL, Pompano FL, Deerfield Beach FL Raul J Rodriguez MD, a double Board Certified Psychiatrist and Addictionologist, discusses addiction and family historyhttp://www.delraycenter.com
I didn't hear one word as to how it saves lives, how it gives people their lives back with a regular treatment program and a counselor, how it prevents disease that may have happened during illicit drug use. How children get their parents back, or the patient gets their families and friends back. We earn trust and respect back.....My clinic is wonderful, they are strict, but that comes with the territory. I managed to work my way to level 8, I get 27 take homes, I dont do any drugs what so ever....I've been clean for 5 ¹/₂ years. I do have legit underlying disabilities and am on disability for my back...my discs are basically going bye byes from the bottom up, one right after the other. So I will most likely be on for life. Don't judge until you know somebody's story. I am drug tested faithfully and know I can be recalled at any given time. I was diagnosed as having hep c...Then entered treatment soon after..it didnt take long for my next hep test to come back negative. My body actually got rid of it...rare but it does happen, I'm proof. Had I stayed on the path I was on, I would probably be on daily antibiotics and whatever they give you....for an incurable disease. Yes I have gained weight, get sugar cravings, and sweat but there is a vitamin that is supposed to be really good, I'm getting ready to try called Vitadone. I have only once taken more than I was supposed to at the very beginning of treatment, and Would never do it again, i felt so guilty. I have been completely honest with my counselor and even tried to start an advocacy program at the clinic and get involved to help others. My clinic and program has saved my life. Granted, there are some clinics, (I wouldn't call them programs), that don't care about their patients and operate mainly for monetary gain. But just like doctors, there's always going to be the frauds and quacks. If you do decide to do a methadone maintenance program, please, work the program and always remain open and honest with your counselor and staff,and your other healthcare providers as well! They can't help you if you aren't honest! One of my main goals is to show the public and the medical community that hate on this method of treatment, that it does work, and it is an effective, wonderful method that does save lives and families. There are programs out here that do take it very seriously!