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Methadone

By: stonegypsy
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Date: Apr 27, 2013
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Has anyone been on methadone? I no longer have access to diladids my BF lost his contract with the DR & I lost my anxiety meds because of a urine test. So here's the question after two or three weeks and everythings out my system would you recommend going on the methadone just to feel normal no anxiety etc. I heard that its harder to kick a methadone addicition.




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May 5, 2014, 12:40 pm

I have been on methadone for 4 years now and it saved my life. I almost stuck a needle in my arm, but because of my sister stopping me, and God, I didnt and went to the methadone clinic. I now am a recovering addict and have been clean since the day I started methadone. I am decreasing my dose 4 mg every month so right now I'm at 77. I feel great and it does help with cravings and sickness. I recommend it for any opiate addict.




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From: sara301
May 9, 2013, 12:48 pm

 I was on a methadone program for 7 years. I had to go 6 days aweek for 90 days, and have a job just to get 3 day pick up. It is very hard to get off. I detoxed 2 years ago and it was hell, no sleep for weeks, even months later I wasn't right, the withdrawals made me want to kill myself. Anyway, I relapsed after 10 months of being sober, got back on methadone plus oxy's. Im 20 days sober now. Maybe you can see a therapist, and have a psych doctor prescribe you the correct medication for your anxiety. I also suffer from anxiety and depression. Methadone is not something you want to be addicted to. It's like liquid handcuffs.



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May 7, 2013, 12:48 pm

For anyone who is interested in the scientific, medical facts and research data surrounding the chronic disease & metabolic disorder of opioid addiction and what has been proven to be the most effective modality for its treatment (methadone maintenance treatment), I refer you to the following sources:


 


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


Addiction Treatment Forum (A.T. Forum)


American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependency, Inc. (AATOD)


American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)


American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)


National Institutes of Health's Consensus Panel Report on Effective Medical Treatment of Opioid Addiction


The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)


Faces and Voices of Recovery


 


This is my last post on this thread. I have put forth the facts & data and references for anyone to see the TRUTH for themselves if they so chose. I am extremely busy (which is why I haven't had time to get on the forum before now) with patients and otherwise with my career. 


 


I will be enjoying the work I do with: all my teeth (I have never even had a cavity), my graduate degree (I have 3 degrees from accredited institutions overall), a multitude of friends and a supportive family, an amazing job and career, my own home, my own car, a completely unrestricted life - all thanks to methadone treatment giving me the tools to break the downward spiral of opioid addiction that was destroying my life. 


 


I hope everyone has a great day!


 


Sincerely yours,


Zac Talbott | Director


NAMA Recovery of Tennessee


National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery


"Together we can make a difference!"



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May 6, 2013, 8:31 pm

why no reply. You coming to terms wth what you are doing is WRONG for society and yourself?!



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May 5, 2013, 3:30 am

Disease of the brain? Your kidding right? The only disease you would most likely have is HCV HBV and HIV? That's just the start. What kind of normal average life do you all live when you decide to be on MMT for life? The weak way out!


You often deal with personal attacks? Yes I could of guessed that, I wonder why?


... Countless governmental authorities? What the ones that control your life and giving them countless $ every year, I could go on?


Reasearch is also clear that it should not be used for years on end and don't get me started on them "pregnant selfish MMT mothers". http://hdl.handle.net/10092/6865


You are all stigmatised for a REASON you know?


Love how you turn your info into undeniable facts!


Wake up to see reality and the real world not through the smoke of Methadone and other drugs, and live a full and healthy productive life. I would put any money on you most having teeth/mouth problems, you don't have a decent job, you take nutrients or vitamins, limited friends, restricted lifestyle, I go on??




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May 5, 2013, 12:13 am

 @Uweakaspiss - When in my comment did I suggest someone who is NOT currently taking opioids to start MMT? I didn't. I simply put forth the scientific FACTS about methadone maintenance treatment. Also, it is a statistical FACT that MORE than 90% of opioid addicted people RELAPSE absent a maintenance medication to treat this metabolic disorder & chronic relapsing disease of the brain. Your personal attacks against me are irrelevant; I often deal with personal attacks from mind-numb people who can't comprehend the 40+ years of research, data and FACTS that are available about opioid addiction and medication-assisted treatments. Take it up with the National Institutes of Health, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and countless other governmental, academic & clinical authorities throughout the world. The science & research are clear, and that is all I put forth. 


 


Sincerely yours,


Zac Talbott | Director & Patient Advocate


NAMA Recovery of Tennessee


National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery



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May 4, 2013, 10:21 pm

Zac Talbot and others why on earth would you even suggest to someone that is DRUG FREE and suffering anxiety to start MMT? You really are drug f@cked arnt you? Pretty clear drugs have fried your brain. Not just from this post but from many examples!



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May 4, 2013, 7:15 pm

 I have been in Methadone based treatment for over a year now, and it really helped me save my life! (I say it helped me save my life because I had to make the choice to get help and stay clean, nothing is a magic fix) I was an I.V. roxy user, and I honestly believe that if I had not gotten treatment I would be dead right now. If you are having withdrawals from the diladid use, then I would highly recommend Methadone Maintenance Treatment, but keep in mind that nothing is a magic fix. If you are only experiencing anxiety, then you really just need to see a doctor for your anxiety problem. Did your doctor taper you off your anxiety meds, or did he cut you off cold turkey? Stopping the use off anxiety meds all at once is a dangerous thing, and can cause a long list of symptoms. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of luck in your treatment and life!!!

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May 4, 2013, 7:03 pm

 Methadone maintenance treatment is one of the most evidence-based treatments in all of medicine. Methadone treatment literally SAVED my life from a downward spiral of oxycodone/contin, dilaudid & heroin addiction. A slow, steady & proper medical taper is available if/when you want to taper down off the medicine, but folks who "jump ship" off methadone absent a proper taper do experience a terrible time for sure... Check out NAMA-Recovery's national website at www.methadone.org for more information, and I am happy to answer any questions or help you find a treatment center/clinic close to you... Don't hesitate to ask! :-)


 


Sincerely yours,


Zac Talbott | Director & Patient Advocate


NAMA-Recovery of Tennessee


National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery


tndirector@methadone.org


http://www.methad one.org/tennessee


 



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May 4, 2013, 3:45 am

Hi.


I would reccommend suboxone. Its a complex medication, but it has a strong but special opiate in it, plus an opiate blocker. Do not worry the Opiate blocker does not do anything if you take it by mouth, but if you inject it, its supposed to reduce the effects, but everyone says it doesn't anyway (but don't inject it).


Suboxone has the strongest evidence of any opiate of being effective in the treatment of depression (especially treatment resistant depression), it is also likely to help with anxiety at least as well as any other opiate.


Your supposed to go on suboxone while your opiate dependent, but if you have been long term opiate dependent, and are likely to "relapse" and become dependent on opiates again soon, then yeah going on Suboxone would seem like a good idea.


Oh Suboxone (which contains buprenorphine as the opiate), BLOCKS all other opiates from working, because it binds more closely to the receptor than other opiates, it is thus "in the way" of other opiates having their effect. Also you have to wait until you in mild withdrawal (or not on any opiates) before you start taking Suboxone. Taking Suboxone while having other opiates in your system can cause severe withdrawal by blocking the other opiate. Its a drug you want to read about, before taking.



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April 29, 2013, 10:20 pm

Might as well drink beer to steady your nerves. It'd be a hell of a lot better for you than methadone..



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From: zencat
April 28, 2013, 11:35 pm

Clinic


The link above will help inform you all about the methadone clinic program. My GF uses the program and you can taper off it if you want.



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