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Hi there!

Congratulations for getting through the detox! 44 days clean is a GREAT start! While meetings and counseling are great tools to assist with abstinence, sometimes the cravings can be so strong no matter how many meetings you attend, you can't stop the cravings. The reason the relapse rate is so very high is b/c the cravings for heroin/opiates is so very strong!

I don't know if you have looked into medication assisted treamtment (MAT)? Buprenorphine is a great drug that is fairly new and is an alternative to the more restrictive methadone. There has been a great success rate with bupe and bupe is also easier to get off once you feel you are ready to do so. Methadone is also a wonderful drug that assists with cravings, however, this option is more restrictive since you have to go to the clinic daily to get your medication until you earn take homes. I know that most 12 step programs do not believe in MAT - to not believe in MAT would mean that you also do NOT believe that addiction is a disease and that it IS actually a behavior that can be changed - I believe that addiction IS a disease, therefore, I believe in MAT AND counseling/meetings. If you do decide to go through MAT, I wouldn't share this with your 12 step program if I were you - what they don't know won't hurt them - assuming you are in a 12 Step program?

In any case, if you haven't already, check into MAT options and go from there. Even if you decide not to go this route, at least you checked into it and know it's there should you feel the cravings are more then you can handle - let's put it this way, if you are seriously at a point where you are considering using again b/c of the cravings, you owe it to yourself to at least TRY bupe or methadone before hitting the streets for heroin again.

Take care and good luck! :D
Thanks for the Advice everyone. I took over what I should do with my IOP Group and they think the best decesion is to talk to a medical doctor on there opinion. One guy was telling me that he was on Buprenorphine and it didn't take away cravings that it just don't get him high if he tried to use, although he was using it for cocaine addiction. I understand that its used to block receptors in the brain from being able to get high. Is the drug similar to methadone, or does it produce a similar effect? What would be a similar choice to methadone, then having to have to go to a clinic? Thanks
-Anthony
I think that you have made the wisest choice to discuss it with your doctor. I refused Methadone as it is highly addictive and the withdrawals are worst than the Heroin. I just wanted to be free. I didn't want to get off the Heroin to have to detox off Methadone years down the road. I did use Clonidine for the first couple of weeks. I hope you and your Doctor can work together to find a recovery plan that will able you to be a SUCCESS..... :)
Hi all,

I need some help, a good friend of mine was... a heroin addict for around a year, she started the methadone programme in Febuary, came down to 6ml and stopped on Friday ( to earlly as she missed her doctors appointment ) I am really worried as she has constanly been sick with stomach cramps since Saturday and wont eat or drink!!

Im scarred incase she falls back to Heroin if she cant put up with the pain!

Does anyone know what I should do?

Thanks

Summer
This is the exact reason I refused Methadone for my addiction. I didn't want to go through that process again. I knew that if I took Methadone I would be stuck for life. The chances of someone stopping Methadone is very low. I did not want to trade one thing for another. She is probably having some withdrawals. You can only be there for her, if she choses to go through this. Remind her that this too shall pass and withdrawals from this type of drug usually takes 7 to 10 days and it is over. I believe taking Methadone is only prolonging the pain of addiction. When you are at the point that you can not stand it and you feel like you are going to die, you are basically over withdrawals. Be her cherrleader, give her support, tell her she can do this and then it is over.......