Methadone, a drug that is often prescribed to those dependent on stronger opioids, can also be addictive, especially when administered in high doses.
Withdrawal occurs because the user’s body has to relearn how to function without methadone. These symptoms can make recovery difficult and is one reason why people undergoing detox can relapse so quickly. When the body attempts to return to normal functioning, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms often occur.
Due to the particularly unpleasant nature of these symptoms, methadone users are encouraged to undergo a detox in a medically-supervised environment. Using this approach, users are supervised 24/7, and vital signs are monitored. Medications can be rendered to mitigate many of the worst effects of detox.
Keep in mind, the process of withdrawal will be a little different for everyone. Symptoms and duration will vary depending on the severity of the individual’s addiction, as will the user’s body makeup and level of tolerance.
Symptoms Of Withdrawal
Symptoms of withdrawal from methadone are similar to those of other opiates, such as heroin and morphine, but are typically less intense. Methadone withdrawal symptoms are usually moderate and flu-like.
Fever and sweating
Muscle aches and pains
Nausea or vomiting
Irritability and paranoia
Users who are addicted to multiple substances may incur other symptoms, and they may be more intense.
Withdrawing “cold turkey” is never recommended. Methadone users should be weaned off their medication and receive around-the-clock supervision.