Physicians use methadone as a pain reliever. However, patients don’t always use drugs the way doctor prescribes them. “Doctors, when they prescribe drugs, always assume patients are going to use it as prescribed,” says Raffi Balian, co-ordinator of a Toronto drug users’ program. For example, a study of opioid-dependent patients by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto shows that 63% got their drugs from legal prescriptions.… [Continue Reading]
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A new trend is emerging that is leaving drug addicts that set out seeking treatment in worse conditions then they were before they started treatment: doctors prescribing opiates as a solution for drug addiction treatment.
What is Buprenorphine Treatment
Methadone and OxyContin have been trendy methods of Drug Addiction Treatment for the past few years. These “treatment” methods call for heroin addicts to be placed on a prescription drug of Methadone or OxyContin in order to lessen withdrawal and craving effects associated with abruptly stopping drug usage. What happens, however, is that dosages of Methadone need to be steadily increased in order to get the full effect of the drug, ultimately reaching the point where drug addicts become addicted to the treatment drug. The addiction to the treatment opiates then leads to illegal means of acquiring those prescription drugs.
Buprenorphine Treatment is a similar “treatment method” to Methadone and OxyContin. With Buprenorphine, drug addicts are prescribed orange pills which dissolve under the tongue in order to relieve addicts’ cravings for narcotics. The thing to remember, though, is that Buprenorphine is an opiate.
Buprenorphine Treatment Abuse
In recent months, Burprenorphine has become one of the most popular and requested street drugs, mostly by drug addicts who were prescribed the opiate as a treatment option and now need a higher dosage than their doctor will prescribe.
Health officials have seen patients crushing and injecting Buprenorphine pills, eventually leading to overdose and relapse situations. A recent report by The Sun investigated abuse of the drug, which included illegal street sales.
Explore Your Treatment Options
If you or someone you care about has made the decision to seek drug addiction treatment, please research all of your options before deciding on which treatment is best for you. Realizing that your body can easily become addicted to drugs – even opiate drugs that are being prescribed by doctors – early in the research process will help ensure a successful treatment journey. Don’t trade one bad habit for another!
We came across an article from the Toronto Star today that tells the chilling story of a Toronto jail inmate, named Keigo White. Keigo was a former heroin addict and was now on methadone.
However, in jail his addiction to methadone ultimately pushed him over the edge and led to his suicide. The story serves as a reminder of the addictiveness of methadone and the dangers that can result from using methadone to quit other opiates.
One of our recent success stories at our center comes from Chelsea, a young girl from Oregon, who’s life took a turn for the worse after a basketball injury.
After her injury, Chelsea’s doctors prescribed the pain killer Vicodin and then Percocet to combat any discomfort from the injury. But over time she developed an addiction which led to her buying OxyContin and Methadone from a friend. Her life started spiraling downward until she realized that, in her own words, “the addiction consumed me until I said this is it, you either get clean or this addiction is going to take me.”
Luckily, Chelsea chose to call the Rapid Drug Detox Center and get help. She has been clean ever since and even provided some encouragement for anyone not quite sure about our center. In Chelsea’s words:
“Please to anyone reading this there is hope, you’re just a phone call away from getting your life back #1-866-399-2967 if anyone would like to talk to me ask Jeannie for Chelsea and I would gladly tell you more about my experience. Don’t be scared, you are in good hands and rapid drug detox team is there to help us get clean!”