Don’t mistake the fact that methadone is used to treat addiction to other drugs like heroin
as an indicator of a harmless substance. It is anything but harmless. Much like heroin
and other destructive drugs, methadone is an opiate. Therefore, it is very addictive, and it requires a detox process that involves serious withdrawal symptoms which must be closely monitored and managed. Many are tempted to stop the so-called heroin rat race and go on methadone. They are sick of feeling sick. They are using not to be sick – just to maintain. They don’t feel the “high” any longer. They are pushing the limits to just try to get high. Overdoses are happening and often they will turn to methadone. After that, the methadone upward taper starts. 40mg to 60mg to 90mg and then 120mg. You stay there for a little bit or you increase 150mg, 200mg and so on. There seems to be no limit but the difference is that there is really no high. The couch looks more appealing, then the snacks and junk food increase. Weight gain, depression, no motivation continues and until you are stuck and tapering down is 1000 times harder and slower than you would even believe.