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Methadone Addiction

Methadone is a painkilling, opioid drug. Opioids can be natural or man-made, pain-relieving drugs, prescribed to relieve pain and discomfort.

Methadone produces effects, similar to morphine but the effects tend to be longer-lasting. It is commonly used as a substitute to opiate like heroin and morphine. While methadone does not produce intense effects, it can still produce feelings of euphoria and relaxation. However, methadone can still be abused, resulting in physical and psychological dependence, if not used properly.

Short-Term Effects
After an initial absorption, individuals experience drowsiness, which may make them feel lethargic. They also experience pain relief, euphoria and complete relaxation.

Continued use of methadone produces severe physical effects on the body, including –
• Sweating
• Nausea
• Constipation
• decreased heart rate
• pinpoint pupils

Behavioral changes include aggressive mood swings, increased anxiety and feelings of depression.

In the event of an overdose or dependence, users may experience –
• lowered blood pressure
• shallow breathing
• tremors
• itchy skin
• blue lips
• decreased heart rate
• extreme lethargy
• hard time recognizing whereabouts
• even a comatose state

Long-Term Effects
The long-term effects of methadone addiction worsen as the individual goes on using. Long-term use may produce effects, such as –
• severe respiratory issues
• cardiovascular problems
• memory loss and issues with learning
• poor judgement
• changes in personality or behavior
• poor physical hygiene
These issues begin to build-up with continuous injections and go on becoming severe.

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