Added by on 2012-11-18

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Bornagainathiest
Bornagainathiest

we've always been "handcuffed" to something since time began. From the moment we mutated from single cell protozoa into multiple celled organisms we have always been hard wired to feel that "more is better," or "we're better together, as a team," or "I can't do it alone," or, in your case, "handcuffed," but my experience just lend me to think that you merely haven't gotten enough take out privileges. I, myself, have been to many inpatient 12 step programs and could never stay clean after "getting clean."  Methadone has been the only thing that has worked, and I probably would've lost those teeth using anyway brother. Point is, one persons experience and perception cannot dictate another persons solutions. We have to find those out for ourselves. Who cares if the addict feels like he's getting a free high for the rest of his life (which doesn't actually happen anyway). If it works and that treatment is acceptable for his life, and who am I to keep him from experiencing some weight gain, falling out teeth, and feeling a lessened amount of sexual predation, I mean feeling less horny.

Bornagainathiest
Bornagainathiest

I've was on methadone 12 years, tried getting off a few times and it was brutal, yes, no doubt.  But you cannot refute the evidence of how many 100's of thousands of people that turn their lives around.  I mean people who have sincerely begged for a solution but found no relief from other treatments. I, myself, went to 34 inpatient facilities, many 12-step based, a few long-term, and a couple rational emotive therapy based programs. But I could not stay clean after "getting clean."  You are going to be "handcuffed" to something in this life, that's just the way it's been for us living creatures. It's been that way since we mutated from single cell protozoa into multiple cell creations. We have always realized that "more is better", or, "we work better as a team," or "I can't do it alone," or however you want to describe your experience/live your life. For you the description apparently was "handcuffed."  But you see, to me, in my experience, it lends me to believe you didn't get many take out options at your clinic. And that's a common experience. As for me I am on a 30 day Office Based Therapy where I go once a month and pick up a prescription.

Keith caughorn
Keith caughorn

Why is always people still on methadone defending it? The people who have successfully got off dont.

They aren't in denial. WE ADDICTS tend to think we are special, so we will deny the effects on the body.

Sadly you dont even realize what it really has done to u till u come off. THEN you will not be deceived defending a dam thing. AND clinics are douches hardly anybody refutes that so defending them is just a bit queer. Its pure fiction someone on methadone for years and years feels "great" lol

your telling me no constipation, stomach probes, weight gain/water retention, loss of libido, loss of passion, loss of soul, hell lose of emotion for that matter. REASON I know is been there done that and thank God made it back after couple of months. Plus the science. Methadone suppress hormone production in all and I mean all. it works as an antidepressant as well.

No wonder you "feel" fine , you dont really FEEL. I just hope people on long term methadone get the chance to see life off it. Only way u can really judge how it effected you.

peace out girl scouts

BrandonLeeAlbright
BrandonLeeAlbright

Methadone saved my life. You obviously have no idea what you're talking about.

Bornagainathiest
Bornagainathiest

@Keith caughorn  you, obviously, didn't get enough take outs. I've worked my way to Office Based Therapy where I go once a month and it's terrific.  There are many metabolic and pharmacological affects involved with taking methadone. I agree. However, when you speak of people feeling numb, or, "you really don't feel," as you put it.  This does occur also, but usually when the person has been overmedicated or takes other medications with methadone. I'm on 70 mgs. and that is good enough for me to be absent of drug hunger without feeling sedated. As far as the handcuffs, I used to feel that way when I was off methadone. I could never go anywhere or visit anyone being nailed down to their policies. That's over now. OBT (office-based therapy) is much different. As far as being dependent of the drug and addicted to it, well, I won't deny that. But it's been that way for all living creatures ever since we were single celled and we jumped in the sack with another cell and realized "more is better," and "we work better as a team," that there is strength in numbers," or since we've been "handcuffed," as your experience allows you to feel compelled to describe it that way. I try to look at it like this, Who am I to keep someone from experiencing what I have?  Chances are it won't work anyway. Every time you try to tell someone a better way to do something they secretly feel you are trying to jip them out of experiencing it for themselves.They won't admit that, but we always revert to doing things ourselves, even if we try "their" way. It's like we have to go out and prove them right. I've been doing that since puberty.  You have a good day brother. Stephen 

MelodyBatesMirandaRueda
MelodyBatesMirandaRueda

Well I've been on Methadone 24 years and I have 5 kids so SEX is great, I have all my teeth and I weigh 104 pounds had my set of twins at age 40 so all that still works, I am not handcuffed to NOTHING but my AMAZING KIDS and my amazing life, I've been married for 21 years to an Amazing man and my life would actually have them shinny silver handcuffs on them if I was still on Heroin but thanks to Methadone I don't have a record AT ALL, I can't help that you couldn't brush your teeth properly and put down the fork and spoon, but that definitely wan not a reaction of Methadone!!!!!!!!

KristallNacht
KristallNacht

how do you gain weight? ive lost 30kg since i started methadone as im afraid to eat because of anal raping constipation no matter how many laxatives i take. 

Stephen Munro
Stephen Munro

This is a complete misrepresentation of what is truly happening at Methadone Clinics.  You're playing with peoples lives hear, REAL people,  manipulating them by directing their feedback to serve your agenda.   You have no idea if 270mgs is appropriate for that person or not.  You can't compare doses like that and act like you are telling the truth.  From what I was watching there wasn't any doctor or nurse for you to interview. A good writer tells the WHOLE story, so, please, leave these people alone.   And by the way, Rifampin is a very well know medication to cause disturbed bioavailability, 35-55% to be more accurate.  So when she said she is actually only receiving about half of the methadone she is prescribed, she was correct.   Methadone clinics have become a well established, time-tested proven treatment that works, and like all good treatments, it isn't perfect.  People can demonize those places or medications all they want but if those treatments weren't available they'd be complaining about the burglaries, miscarriages, muggings, robberies, murders, and every other negative crime and scheme that used to run rampant before these treatments were available.  Don't believe me, research the history and you'll understand why they were created in the first place.  Or go talk to your grandmother or grandfather, or anyone fortunate enough to still be alive from that era who will give you an honest picture of what life was like when heroin and other drugs started swallowing up our cities, streets, and lives.