Methadone and Morphine are members of the opioid family. They are strong prescription pain medicines. They are stronger than over the counter pain relievers such as Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin. They are used to treat short term acute pain such as pain after surgery, broken bones, nerve pain or burns. They are sometimes used to treat chronic, long term pain like back injuries and pain caused by other long term illnesses.
What is Morphine?
Morphine is a main psychoactive chemical in opium. Morphine is used to relieve intense pain. Like other opioids morphine acts directly on the central nervous system to relieve pain. Patients on morphine can develop a high tolerance very rapidly which can lead to addiction to the narcotic and may need to seek help. According the National Institute on Drug Abuse or NIDA. repeated use of Morphine and heroin will cause dependence to occur. Dependence occurs when the brain’s neurons adapt to the repeated exposure to the drug and will only function normally while in the drug’s presence. The patient can suffer withdrawal syndrome. Withdrawal can be very serious and the addicted person will use the drug again to avoid the withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms can be mild to severe and in some cases life threatening.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is a long acting narcotic pain reliever which was discovered in the 60’s to be an effective treatment for people with opioid addictions such as heroin and morphine. It is a synthetic prescription narcotic It has been used for over forty years with great success in treating opiod addiction.
What is a Methadone Treatment Center?
Methadone must be prescribed by a doctor and administered in a public or private methadone treatment center or clinic and is monitored by a nursing staff. Methadone clinics operate under close federal observation and regulations. Methadone treatment centers and programs are mostly voluntary so the length of time spent in treatment varies greatly from patient to patient, however the longer you stay in treatment greatly increases your chances of success. The patient must visit the clinic daily to receive their dose of medication. Depending on your state’s regulations a patient might be able to earn privileges than can include fewer visits and the possibility of taking medications from home. This allows them to work and care for their families and lead more normal lives.
Although not required it is encouraged to attempt other forms of treatment prior to entering a methadone program. Most methadone treatment centers will only accept someone after attempting other types of treatment first.
How Can I Find a Treatment Center?
Many methadone recovery centers are available near you, around the United States, and all over the world. Before you choose a rehabilitation center, you’ll need to decide if you want to go to an inpatient or outpatient program. You can search the SAMHSA government website to find a center, or you can talk to a doctor to determine which kind of treatment is best and where it is provided. The doctor can refer you get into a hospital-related treatment facility.