Methadone Treatment Controversy: Options for Treatment

Posted on :  July 18th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Drug addiction is a serious issue in North America and all over the world. Addiction tears apart families and friendships, it destroys businesses and careers, and it seems that no cure is in sight. Those suffering from addiction often try anything and everything to overcome the debilitating problem.

While most people would accept any treatment option that will help them break their addiction, there are a handful of treatments that are considered controversial. It is easy to look at the options and ask what else there for the people who are suffering from problems with heroin and other opioids destroying their lives.

Controversies with Methadone and Suboxone

Two of the most controversial substances used to fight opioid addiction include methadone and suboxone. These are prescription opioids given to addicts so they can successfully make it through the painful withdrawal symptoms that come from stopping heroin use. The idea behind methadone treatments is that the drug will help heroin addicts stop their lifestyle of often leads to crime, poverty, and sickness. Since methadone does not have the same side effects that heroin has, it has been applauded by physicians and drug rehab professionals.

Methadone has become so controversial for a handful of reasons. The biggest is because methadone is just as addictive as other opioids. Instead of “curing” the addiction to heroin, methadone simply replaces the addiction. When former heroin addicts try to wean off of methadone, they still struggle with symptoms that are severe and painful.

Many addicts are given Suboxone instead, because its addiction factor is lower than that of methadone. Instead of really curing the addiction, methadone and Suboxone mask the symptoms. For some addicts, this is enough for them. For others, they want to be completely free of needing any drugs, whether prescribed or not. While the prescription drugs can give relief in the short term, they are still addictive.

Along with the other controversies, staying on methadone for a long term therapy is frowned upon, too. It is best for addicts to have talking therapy and other treatments instead of just taking medications. Addicts can be treated for a short time with methadone or Suboxone.

Using Heroin to Treat Heroin

Along with the controversial treatment of methadone, some heroin addicts are actually treated with heroin. This is usually a last resort, but since the withdrawal symptoms are so painful, heroin addicts are often in such a poor state of mind that they cannot function at all. With a controlled amount of heroin, addicts can become stable and become receptive to other, less controversial treatment options. This treatment is controversial because of the fact that heroin is an illegal drug. There are not many recognized medical purpose and it has extremely dangerous side effects, especially overdoses and death.

Some addicts are treated with LSD. Those who have taken the drug for treatment of addiction have reported that they actually see their addiction in a new way. While this is not a medical reason for using LSD for treating addiction, it is still used occasionally. This is a controversial option for addiction treatment because no one knows exactly how a patient will respond to an LSD trip. This Schedule 1 substance has too many risks and not enough proof that it actually helps.

Stimulating the Brain to Reduce Addictions

One other treatment that has caused a serious amount of controversy is Deep Brain Stimulation. This is a surgical treatment that is designed to stimulate the brain with a little device. The treatment is often used for epilepsy because the electrical impulses slow the effects that cause seizures. The treatment is controversial because it is surgical. Anytime the brain is operated on, there are potential complications like hemorrhages and infections.

At Towards Recovery Clinics, we can help addicts work their way back to a healthy, addiction-free lifestyle. Contact us at 905-527-2042 for more information.

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  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.