• 9 months ago

    Opiate Addiction/Methadone Treatment Questions

    Long story short my husband has a long history of opiate abuse, getting clean and relapsing. Yesterday he began treatment at a local recovery center and has began Methadone treatment. He has had two doses at the clinic, I believe 30mg liquid. I can tell when he is on pills in several ways... his small pupils, his strained/raspy voice, full of energy, "happy" mood but very easily set off. Yesterday I kept checking in on him after his first dose at the clinic and he said he was very calm, more calm than ever before even when he is clean. But at the end of the day he was showing all the signs he does when he is on pills. He assured me he had not taken anything and that it was the Methadone. This morning he went and had his second dose. I've talked with him several times on the phone already and I hear his voice sounds like when he is on pills.

    Does Methadone cause the same side effects as Hydrocodone and other opiates? From what I read while researching this is not supposed to be the case. I'm just concerned he may be mixing but he has assured me he is ready to get clean for good and would not risk taking anything because of the random drug tests at the clinic. If he fails one they stop treatment. I'm not stupid by any means when it comes to spotting that is back on them, but this is a whole new deal as far as Methadone treatment and I have no clue what to expect.


  • 9 months ago

    RE: Opiate Addiction/Methadone Treatment Questions

    A wife of a person in treatment, you should be considered a partner in his care and therefore completely privy to all treatment goals, means, side effects, expectations, known difficulties to expect and especially have access to knowledgable caregivers to report any suspected use or availability of pills within this therapy center.

    Methadone is an opioid medication. Methadone reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the same sort of "high" associated with the drug addiction. Methadone, however, effects people differently and brings with it a "high" that some people prefer to other drugs as it allows them to function while still keeping them from experiencing any unpleasant feelings or symptoms.

    If you suspect your husband is supplementing his methadone with pills, tell someone. Opioid addiction is extremely difficult to overcome. It is a team and family effort. Exercise your rights to be fully informed and to fully inform of any questions you might have. Only drug testing can tell if his responses are to the methadone alone or if he is supplementing his treatment with pills that will sabotage his treatment.