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How addictive is methadone?

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Asked: 2017-11-23 20:06:06
Yesterday I felt high off of the methadone I have been using to stay off heroin and it made me crave heroin a lot. It seems as if methadone is equally as addicting as heroin... am I right or wrong?


Answered: 2017-12-11 00:14:49

The sad answer is yes. In the space of six years, deaths from methadone jumped by 460% - a frightening number. Whether these people were chasing a high, or had simply developed a tolerance for methadone needs closer examination, but there is no doubt that it is being abused as a drug. The problem is that many people who are prescribed it to get over withdrawal are already addicts, so the propensity is there, and when they have to take it over a long period of time, they become reliant on it.


Answered: 2017-11-24 00:02:24

Methadone is addicting, Im not certain if I would claim it similarly addicting as heroin. There is a reason it is used in a maintainence program for heroin addicts, but there are other options for maintainence programs that are not methadone. Suboxone or even the 12 step programs could work for ya.


Answered: 2017-11-24 07:49:47

The only time methadone had a part in my life is when i was abusing it and taking it when I couldnt find heroin so ya i look at the drug as addicting, really its just a legal way to do heroin.


Answered: 2017-11-25 00:32:54

Its pretty addictive. Not because you get high from it, but because when you take it over time, you build up a tolerance to it and a dependency on it, so it can be easy to abuse. But, it probably wont ruin your life the way other opioids can, you just have to take it as prescribed.


Answered: 2017-12-15 19:53:58

Its not as addictive as other opioids, because you wont get the same euphoric effects, even if you try. However, it is used to treat pain relief and you can develop a tolerance for it, so you need to take more to get the same relief, so in that case, its easy to become addicted to it.


Answered: 2017-12-11 02:07:54

Methadone has a longer half-life than most opioids (for instance heroins is about a half hour, whereas methadone is about 22 hours) so it lasts longer in the system and theres less chance of abusing it, but this does not mean it doesnt happen. They can begin stockpiling it and taking more of the drug, and can feel withdrawal symptoms if they dont have it. There will be warning signs, if they are missing events or meetings to take drugs or it becomes the main focus of their lives, then it may be time to get some help, even checking into a clinic to wean themselves off.

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