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Heroin Addiction, Is Methadone The Answer?

Updated on March 31, 2011

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I have done more than a couple of articles on heroin addiction, and more than several articles on addictions of all kinds and the possible cures for them. Our society today is plagued with people who are addicted to substances, activities, and more bad habits than anybody could list in one place. I am living proof that addictions can be brought under control, and stopped it you please, but there are more than one way to do so.

Not every one is the same. We as people are so diverse that to think that there is one way and only one way to cure our ailments is absurd. Heroin addiction has grabbed people of all classes, of all lifestyles, and of all ages. My own brother was addicted to pain killers and was shooting up at the age of 9 or 10 at the most. I won't go into why at this point, but opiates have to regard to anything in a persons life, age included.

One of the more popular "cures" for this addiction problem has been Methadone. I have been on and off of methadone myself at least 10 or 12 times. A couple of times I did a 21 day detox, and the rest of the times were simple maintenances. Maintainance means that I went to the clinic every morning to get my dose of medicine, and after giving the clinic clean urine tests, you can earn take home doses after a while. This then means that you go in let's say Monday, and you take your medicine, and they give you the next days dose so that you do not have to go in the next day but then Wednesday I would have to go again. In this manner you eventually earn enough places to go only once a week and pick up the whole weeks worth. But, if you give them a dirty urine test during this time, you lose your status and have to begin again with the clean tests.

Some people can make this work for them, and here is why and how. There are those addicts among us who can never just give up their addiction to drugs. They are the ones that mentally and emotionally cannot give it up due to the fact that they have issues that they have never dealt with, and their pain, whether physical or mental is too much to not be medicated. Unless they face this fact and get the help that they need, they will never be drug free, and for us as society on the whole to expect them to is not only unfair and out of line, but cruel.

One person can never feel another persons pain. I will always think that my pain is far worse than yours, and that is how the human animal works. It is not only easy, but normal for us to put down another person for the pain they feel, for you do not feel it. This is especially true of emotional pain. It is impossible to feel or experience, or understand anybody else's emotional pain. The normal thing people say is "get over it" or "you think that is bad". Although emotional pain cannot be measured, felt or understood, even by professionals, to the person who has it, it is not only real, but extremely hard to live with. I would guess an estimated 80 % or more of the addiction problems we have, are due to emotional pain. This is derived from things we have experienced growing up, from our parents, schoolmates, friends, brothers and sisters, and even from strangers. Emotional pain, though real is hard to determine. Only through therapy can one deal with emotional pain, except through self medication.

Those addicts who have not dealt with their inner pain, will probably never be able to just set down their ways and means of dealing with it, through heroin or other opiates. Methadone therefore is the perfect way to get a handle on their addiction, for two reasons. Number one, is that it is legal, therefore they will not be getting arrested and thrown into jail, disrupting and further causing the emotional pain they are running from. Secondly, it is much much better to be medicating with a drug that is measured and you know the strenght of, unlike heroin. Also, it is being administered by a doctor, not yourself, and you can be monitored by a licensed physician, so that is something does happen you are under the care of a doctor, and you do not die.

Methadone I would say is the second best way to deal with heroin addiction, and those people out there that are wondering what to do, this would be my first suggestion. Methadone is a synthetic opiate, and even though it is similair to heroin, it is far better to be on this program than not to be under anyone's care. This gives the user time, time to get counseling he or she needs, time to get off the merry go round of hustling money needed to buy drugs, and gives a person time to get their life back into some kind of normal order again, like going to school, or work. It gives you the time you need to get your priorities straight again, and is an excellent first step in getting your addiction under some kind of control.


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    deb douglas 

    6 years ago from Oxnard

    The only way to successfully overcome an addiction is to be sure of your decision to stop doing it. Until you make up your mind, you will never stop using.

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    6 years ago

    addiction is only a problem to other people cause when you are on it its not a problem i loved my habit and was sad to stop but i did and i am sorry to say this but it was actually easy i do miss it though but i grew up and woke up one day and actually said to myself ok time to stop and i did easy but not every one can do it like i did ,i had a habit on heroin for 20 years it was my life but you do have to stop haveing fun at some time ,oh well in my next life .good luck to all you who are coming of it but remember you really have to want to stop or forget it , it wont happen , you have to really really want it . blessed be

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    7 years ago


    Just wanted to let you know that all of the article is in bold except the 2nd paragraph.

    Not sure how much you know about search engine optimization (SEO) but when articles/hubs use all bold, italics, or headers then it can work against you (not ranking as high in Google). If you wrote it all in one capsule and didn't mean for it to be bold then you can edit the capsule, highlight the text, and click the word "paragraph" to return it to non-bold text. That should work anyhow :) Also when you put links to your other articles, if you use a keyword from the other article (like using 'quit smoking' instead of 'tests') that is a huge help to the articles. The link words are called the "anchor text" and they're another important part of SEO.

    I didn't want to leave this in my other comment since it's more feedback related and I wanted you to have the option of deleting it if you want.

    Take care!


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    7 years ago

    Good piece. You do a nice job of making the case for addicts to find the method of recovery that words for THEM. It's very frustrating when society puts stigmatized pressure on people to "get clean" a certain way and if it doesn't follow their thinking they label us as not clean.

    Methadone is an effective approach and has saved lives all over the world for years. I think I read that it's the most studied treatment method and backed by scientific evidence.

    I think that Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex) treatment is an excellent start to a new way to treat addiction. It's finally an treatment that allows addicts to go to the doctor for help...just like "regular" people do when they're ill. After all, addiction is a brain disease. I hope it's just the first step. Heroin addicts have received a lot of "attention" which is great. However, there are a lot of people cross-addicted or with poly-substance dependence and they're not getting the proper treatment at all. Heck, there's a reason people have non-opiate dirty UAs!

    "...for us as society on the whole to expect them to is not only unfair and out of line, but cruel."

    Spot on. Addiction treatment is missing so many key pieces that it's hardly fair to blame the addict for not having the skills and resources to stay clean.

    "I would guess an estimated 80 % or more of the addiction problems we have, are due to emotional pain."

    Heck yes. I have never met a heroin addict who wasn't violated some time growing up. This is not to say that all of them have had this happen...only those who I've met throughout the years.

    Keep writing!

  • ddsurfsca profile imageAUTHOR

    deb douglas 

    8 years ago from Oxnard

    Thanks for your interest, and thanks for voting, I appreciate it. There will be another hub coming out soon regarding this subject.

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    Abdinasir Aden 

    8 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

    Thanks for sharing ddsurfsca.

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    John Young 

    8 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

    Much better DD. there are still a few minor ones, but I'm sure you'll find them. I always find something I missed the 2nd and third time around. Very interesting hub. Lots of stuff I wasn't aware of. voted up.

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    deb douglas 

    8 years ago from Oxnard

    Thanks, and look forward to a few more, for I battled this addiction on and off for over 39 years, before I figured out the solution.

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    8 years ago

    This is an useful Hub on a vital topic of drug addiction.

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    Robert P 

    8 years ago from Canada

    Interesting insight into the addictions problem.


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