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Do you get high on methadone?

No. Methadone does not cause euphoria or intoxication itself when used as prescribed. And if you are getting high on methadone, you are at risk of overdose and death. Plus, you are breaking the law. More on the differences between use and abuse below.

Why is methadone prescribed?

Methadone is a long-acting synthetic opioid agonist medication that is prescribed for two reasons:

1. to treat opiate addiction

2. to treat chronic pain

Methadone for opiate addiction treatment

In opiate addiction treatment, methadone suppresses withdrawal symptoms, reduces cravings for opioid drugs, and blocks the euphoric effects of opioids for 24 to 36 hours. The principle behind methadone maintenance treatment is to substitute methadone for harder drugs like heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or fentanyl. People who take opiates or opioids for a year or longer can modify their brain chemistry in a permanent or semi-permanent way. Methadone helps occupy the opioid receptors in the brain so that you can function normally without feeling high. In general, methadone maintenance duration operates on the understanding that “longer treatment is better treatment”. Some experts recommend no less than 6 months, others no less than 2 years.

Normal doses of methadone

Methadone is safe when used appropriately. Normal methadone dosing is somewhere between 60-120 mg a day. At this level, methadone actually blocks the high that you would get if you took other drugs but it does not get you high. Plus, there is no change in tolerance over time at this does, meaning that you do not need more methadone in order to benefit from its effects. And a normal, stable dose of methadone will keep you even and balanced.

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Can you get high on methadone?

In theory, yes. You can get high on methadone by taking methadone without a prescription or other than prescribed. But if you take methadone in higher doses, more frequently than prescribed, or take it in ways that are not prescribed (unstable dosing, injection, snorting, etc.) you are in danger of overdosing. This is because methadone does not produce the euphoric rush associated other opiate or opiate drugs. Instead, methadone is released into the body over time (it is a long-acting drug). So large quantities of methadone are a vain attempt to attain the desired euphoric effect and methadone can build up in your tissues, leading to overdose.

In scientific terms, methadone’s elimination half-life is longer than the duration of its action. If you take more doses of methadone faster than you body can metabolize, serious toxicity or poisoning can result. Additionally, deaths can occur when people who have no or low opioid tolerance take too large a dose or mix methadone with other respiratory or depressants.

Risks of methadone abuse

If you are taking methadone to get high, you are breaking the law. But the risks of addiction are even higher than the risks of getting caught. Methadone is a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe mental or physical dependence.

Help for methadone abuse

If you think that you have a problem with methadone or have a question about methadone use vs. abuse, please leave us a message below. We are here to help, and will respond to all honest questions about methadone in a personal reply or we may even write a new article just for you.

Reference sources: CDC Methadone Maintenance Treatment Facts
U.S. Department of Justice Fast Facts on Methadone
U.S. Department of Justice Methadone Diversion, Abuse, and Misuse: Deaths Increasing at Alarming Rate
State of Indiana Opioid Addiction Treatment: An Overview
SAMHSA Emerging Issues in the Use of Methadone

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89 Responses to “Do you get high on methadone?
GatehouseA
5:28 pm October 26th, 2011

Through experience in the actual use of methadone as prescribed, it is easy to become dependent on it. Mentally and physically, wether it is an opiate or a substance such as methadone, the prolonged use will cause dependance.

Big D
1:54 am January 1st, 2012

If your taking the right amount everyday it does not get you high. Only keeps you feeling normal…. Balanced

deb
6:51 am February 17th, 2012

i just started the methdone program dec 28th and iam on 60mg and i feel balanced iam afraid to go any higher i will become more dependent is this true?

12:35 pm February 17th, 2012

Hi Deb. By “more dependent” do you mean worse withdrawal symptoms when you stop? Or do you mean something else?

Frank
7:56 pm February 19th, 2012

I used opiates “without a prescription” for over 8 or 9 years. I finally found a local MMT clinic, was assessed, and am now actively working toward being drug free. I do not feel I need to share my dose information with you, we can just say it’s close to 140. I know people who are around 700mg. Don’t feel bad about the amount you are taking. As long as you are conscious about your dose, side effects, keeping your body as healthy as possible & not trying to get “as much methadone as possible”, and as long as you really need the medicine, I would say you are doing a great job. I love attending the educational meetings that are provided at no cost to me, I have learned so much information about addiction since being admitted to methadone maintenance treatment. I do not have that addictive personality of always seeking the drug, always wanting the drug, never getting enough of the drug, spending every penny i had on drugs, I left all that in the dust. I know at any second my life could be flipped upside down and it is possible for me to become that stranger who lives for drugs, which is why every day I try to anything I can to stay in treatment, to stay healthy, to learn as much as I can about addiction, and to help other people who are facing life threatening situations. Keep up the good work, get healthy, and never forget what it was like when you felt life couldn’t get any worse due to addiction, because every day lots of people are becoming more addicted to drugs, and less in tune with their lives. If you see someone struggling don’t just take pity on them, take action & ask what you can do to help them to improve the quality of their life.

Thank you for your web site and for the opportunity to let people like me share my opinions.

Smart 1
5:19 pm February 20th, 2012

Methadone can and will get a person high. Methadone clinics were developed in order to keep heroin addicts from preventing crimes against property, not to end there their drug addiction, only to maintain it. I was in MMT clinic for almost a yr. and it was my experience that they kept upping dosage in order to keep me there. It was privately owned by a person with no formal medical training so felt it was just money making industry. Coming off methadone was worse than kicking heroin as it left me with extreme bone pain for mos. For those trying to end addiction to opiates I say Suboxone much better medication since is full antagonist since contains naloxone(narcan)
and partial agonist since contains buprenorphine. So opiate receptors are activated enough to stave off cravings but does not get a person high. Unless haven’t used opiates in awhile and only in first day or two. I am now opiate free, thank goodness.

11:12 am February 22nd, 2012

Thanks for sharing your experiences, Frank and Smart 1. Methadone treatment is certainly one of the most talked about treatment therapies for opiate addiction. And although methadone clinics can provide many positives in people’s lives, there is also a darker side to the medication. We appreciate your points of view.

Chante
4:43 pm January 28th, 2013

My boyfriend is an addict. but he got “help” 3 weeks ago and went to a Discovery House, to help him live a normal life without haveing to get high just to live. So the doctors gave him Methadone 60millagrams a day! But.. i don’t know? because he always wants to go to there in the morning just to get his dose. If he doesnt he is very mean. but… when he’s on the methadone his eyes are small and all like he still acts like he is high. What’s that mean? Please email me back! Thank you soo much! God Bless!

2:30 pm January 29th, 2013

Hi Chante. 60 mg methadone is the standard dose for heroin addicts. It helps occupy the opioid receptors in the brain that heroin used to affect…without getting high. Do you think that you boyfriend is taking methadone AND still using? Does he take frequent drug tests?

d.t.w
4:16 am February 21st, 2013

I don’t know exactly what others mean by high but I do know my boyfriend sure acted high when he was taking it. Dozin off, behavior was different and if he didn’t get to go get it exactly when he wanted it was like it was the end of the world and he was mean and tramutizing. I got to where I wouldn’t even let him drive because he would get all glassy eyed and doze while driving too. It was scary. But I don’t have to worry about it after awhile because he lost his license. I know he wasn’t doing anything other than the methadone so I don’t believe one bit that it don’t get you high or mess with you. I don’t understand these progams they are just giving you another addicting drug to replace the other one it should take you three years to get off the methadone. And I don’t think people should be allowed to take there kids to places like this I could not believe it when I seen people going in and out of the clinic with kids babies. I know all people are different but I was sick of putting up with my boyfriend being high and going to the clinic so I told him it was me and the kids leave or him stop going. Its been almost a year now and since after the withdrawl time (which wasn’t that bad like I thought it would be) we are still together their has been a couple times when things got hard like him losing his job he has wanted to go but I refused to take him and told him if he did that was it.

ryan
8:40 pm March 5th, 2013

I am have been addicted to methadone for around 6 years. I go through severe withdrawels when I cant get it, and yes I buy it off of the street i have never actually been prescribed methadone. In the beggining i was told it would help me stop abbusing opiates. I do get very high off of methadone especially after i go through a binge for a few days. i sleepwalk, I experience sleep apnea, i do alot of strange things while binging, recently my entire body broke out into some type of hives also related to overuse of methadone i know have scars in place of those hives, my tounge always breaks out in a very painfull thrushmouth. I believe all of these side effects are caused by seripuse overuse and abuse of methadone but it owns me I cant stop even though i realize i am killing myself

Blonde
1:13 pm September 26th, 2013

Hi I have also been going to MMS for 3&1/2 yrs,I”ve gotta say methadone is the only thing that’s keeping me from slipping off and using.I try to take mgs.lower when I can,to start the process of tapering off..It takes time..And for those who had never been an addict you have no right to judge b/c you have”nt been there..You expect users to be tapered off methadone in a month or so,but when addicts was on streets using,you expected them to quit in that short of time?Its a working progress!

Josiah
5:46 am October 16th, 2013

I’ve been abusing oxycodone up to 200 mgs a day no less than 80mg in a day since May but I have a history of heroin oxy and benzo addiction and have recently started back on the oxy May and for some reason this time I just cannot quit like I did in the future the cravings are to much so I was thinking of going to the clinic in the morning but I don’t want to overdose but I don’t wanna be sick either what should I do??? Please help I’m really conflicted about all of this

3:49 pm October 22nd, 2013

Hello Josiah. You seem to be aware of what’s coming. A detox clinic can help you during opioid withdrawal and can prescribe anything from buprenorphine to methadone to naltrexone to help manage symptoms. Make the first step, and you’ll be on the road to getting off the Oxy. Best of luck to you!

loving life
11:15 pm November 29th, 2013

after many years of suffering from chronic pain and the terrible breakthrough pain caused by regular opiates my dr prescribed methadone. I was horrified after watching my younger brother (who is an addict on mmt) nod off constantly from double dosing only to detox in two days from running out of his methadone. Well after some thought I filled my script and began my new medication and low and behold it was literally a life saver. I soon realized it was him that was abusing the medication because never once have I nodded out from my dose nor have I experienced any breakthroug pain since I have taken it. This being said I not only take it as prescribed but it works so well that I often have to set alarms to remind me to take it because it lasts long and unlike the roxy that I was on before I don’t wake up after 4 hours of sleep by terrible pain. I was told to be aware that this is a hard medication to detox from and it does have some ugly side effects. I came into this knowing that no matter what i’ll always be on medicaton so withdrawls are not even an issue but the side effects were not so nice which is why I take “Vitadone” it’s really helped with the sweating, irregularity, craving of sweets, weight gain, and decreased libido so I don’t mind the $25 a bottle what so ever. Anyway, good luck to anyone out there considering this medication and remember there are a good side and bad side to every medication and this one has been abused so much that most people don’t like it. Also if your pain is not gonna be permanant then don’t start it because getting off of it is not as easy as the other narcotics. Good luck to all of you.

Sami
2:45 am March 27th, 2014

Hi, i just got prescribed methadone to help with oxy addiction. I have been taking my dose everyday for two weeks. My dose has been from 20 to 50mg. It makes me feel great (high). My mood is great, i have alooot of energy and im always talkative. Two days ago i took an oxy 80 with my dose and i fell asleep and my alarm didnt wake me up. I went to get my next dose and four hours later i was dosing off, i went to the hospital. Today my doctor cut my dose in half for safety reasons. Im worried that methadone isnt safe for me but i need it to live a normal life drug free. Should i switch to suboxone if meth doesnt workout?

Ms. marshall
3:38 pm May 14th, 2014

My mothere is not a herion addict but she is taking methadone to get high. She live in the city of Detroit and people with a medicaid card can receive this drug even if its not need. She had to be rush to emergency yesterday because she is also a diabetic and taking this methadone, she was at diabetic coma level when she reach emergency, I confuse how can they prescribe this drug to a person is they are not a herion addict?

12:58 pm May 15th, 2014

Hello Ms. Marshall. Sometimes, people can game the system. Have you thought about connecting with her prescribing physician to sit down and have a discussion about your concerns?

Ms.Marshall
6:30 pm May 15th, 2014

Yes, but she insist it wasn’t prescribed to her that she call a number and if you have medicaid you can receive methadone with out a doctors ok. I find this hard to believe or is that possible

7:38 am May 16th, 2014

Methadone is a prescription drug only available through a doctor. But it’s pretty tightly controlled. It’s possible she’s buying it. Does your state have a law against harming yourself? Contact the state attorney general’s office. It’s possible that you can report your mother and she may be required to attend mandatory drug abuse treatment. I feel for you!!!

Maeghan
11:47 pm August 10th, 2014

I took 150 mg of methadone in two days . How long till it’s out of my system ? For a urine screen.

11:17 am August 11th, 2014

Hello Maeghan. The metabolism of methadone can vary from one individual to another. Although your system can rid itself of the methadone within about 72 hours in most cases, traces of methadone can still be detected in your urine for up to 3 weeks. It can be detected even longer if you get a blood test.

TayLor
4:46 am October 15th, 2014

My boyfriend has been going to a methadone clinic for a year now. He’s had a few set backs in the last couple months and promises he hasn’t used H in the last two weeks. However, he still nods out at night sometimes. He claims it’s due to the methadone and being tired. Is this true even though he takes his dose around 8am? I love this man and Ive been completely supportive … I’m just afraid that I’m easily manipulated because I don’t have any experience in this at all. Please offer some insight and “truth”

Evan
12:07 am November 24th, 2014

BULL$HIT to ALLLLL of you wanna-be know it alls! I say this from my own personal experience as well as many other people i know that i have witnessed… You can get HIGH AS F*CK on methadone… In fact, it is EVEN BETTER than most other pain medications because it has THEE longest half life.. Meaning, you can take 5 80mg OXY’s and be high as hell…BUTT ONLY FOR A DAY! You can take 60mg of methadone (if you are not EXTREMELY tollerant) and be high as hell for 2 to 2 1/2 days… THIS SHOULD BE THE REAL TOPIC HERE… *** DO NOT REPLY TO SOMEONES SERIOUS QUESTION #ESPECIALLY# IF IT INVOLVES SOMETHING THEY COULD OVERDOSE ON AND DIE ATTENMPTING TO TRY ANYTHING YOU POST, IF YOU DONT HAVE A DAMN CLUE WHAT YOURE TALKING ABOUT! YOU ARE GIVING FALSE INFO, SOUND LIKE A COMPLETE IDIOT TO ANY BODY READING THIS WHO ACTUALLY KNOWS THE TRUE EFFECTS OF THE MEDICATION, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY… YOU CAN SERIOUSLY HURT OR EVEN KILL SOMEONE.

Thank you.

Evan.

K
4:23 am December 30th, 2014

I hav nerve damage in my spine n hav been suffering terrible pain.i m 49. But still very active and it’s like my sad secret of my bad pain. I try to keep my pain just to myself. I treat it but try to ignore it and put on my happy face. I have my two sons and my husband / very active! Sadly, I very recently sprained my back from a vehicle accident . Terrible for me and my family! More pain!!!!!! and hav tried everything in the world to fix the problem. It’s been 3 months now and it’s seeming to damage the other problems w/ my spine. I be had to b much more still. Like on the floor still! Dr. Visits and now another visit to surgeon as I did about 8 years ago. I hav two sons and I feel like I m dying inside because all I want is to do the things I always did w/ them. Biking skating sledding sliding water fun ect. ect. ect. I be been on oxy for at least 12 years to control pain in my spine . I was on 8 pills a day n by the help of my dr went down to 3 a day. That was good until this recent car accident. 3 pills – not a chance- I spend most of my days laying on the floor . My dr now wants me to go on methadone to help manage the pain. Also possible surgery. What am I getting into w/ this methadone? I m in soooo much pain all the time now- he doesn’t want me to b on high doses of oxy again so he speaks of this methadone… Pls help me. Will this help my pain? I am already addicted to oxy because of – pain or addiction and less pain. I hav chose less pain , not to get high but to make it so I hav a life! So if I were to have to stop at any time I am aware that my body would b in trouble.,so I manage 90 a month. Well I hav been… Now I m suffering because it’s still too much pain at this point. I have never taken methadone. I hav no interest in getting high. I hav gardening to do in the spring. I hav fun to b had w/ my active family….. Can’t I hav some fun anymore?

addicted
5:54 pm January 15th, 2015

I need to knw how to break down methadone and Demerol and yea I am a dumb ass and also an addict. But would appreciate if someone could help a sister out.

Bro
8:56 pm February 6th, 2015

I was a heavy pill abuser, mostly pain pill such as oxycodone, fentanyl patch, ect. I have been going to Meth clinic for around 7 months. I’m on a dose of 120mg. You will get high off of methadone. Maybe not as high the longer you dose, but you will get high.

Double D
6:05 pm February 19th, 2015

My pain management Dr just prescribed me 5mg of methadone for pain but I also take hydrocodone 10/325 and soma360mg.should I alternate days on taking them or can I take them a few hours apart on the same day?

john
5:02 pm March 17th, 2015

If im taking 190 milligrams of methadone per day ,am I taking to much because now I gained like 70 piunds and ive been on the medicine over a year already to kick off of heroin am I hooked on The medicine or can I get off of it coldturkey…

1:34 pm March 19th, 2015

Hi John. Methadone is great maintenance drug that truly helps long-term opioid users to stay sober. If you are still working on your recovery, this medication can keep you focused on your goals and life-improvements. Weight gain is one of the effects that go along with methadone maintenance treatment, but on the long run it’s not a dangerous symptom. And no, quitting methadone cold turkey and without consulting your doctor is not recommended nor is it safe. You will experience withdrawal symptoms that can be very abrupt and stressful, which is not a good idea.

josh s
1:40 am May 30th, 2015

I have had a problem with oxycodone for about 5 years now I keep trying to get off of them but it is really hard and I have tried suboxone and the wd from that is really bad for me but I don’t want my family doctor to know that I have a problem with pain meds.i have some mental health issues and my doctor just started me on .25 xanax and that really helps me deal with my issues that I lost my wife to cancer four months ago so I’m afraid to tell my family doctor because I don’t want him to take my xanax away from since they help and calm me down.

kelly
9:01 am June 18th, 2015

Hi there,
My name is kelly i am 24 years old and currently on a methadone treatment program. I have been on this program for 3 years i went from 170 mgs to now im about 110 mgs, im currently detoxing at an extremelylow rate ( 1 mg ) a week. My point is i am ready to get off of methadone but i dont want the withdrawls but im paying a lot of money to be on this program so the councelors there arent much help. Is there any way i can get off methadone faster but without the sickening withdrawls

3:22 pm June 18th, 2015

Hi Kelly. Unfortunately, any abrupt cessation, larger dose reduction, or faster tapering rate can produce harsh withdrawal symptoms. I’d advise you to stick to your recommended tapering schedule as advised by doctors.

craig
10:15 pm June 18th, 2015

Hi after reading a little research im on the methodone program have bin for 4 years roughly i had all 6 carries for. 3 years at 120 ml me n my wife jave been trying yo conceive a baby for 5 years we both hav kids we hit bad time split ip i blame it on me 5 month later lost carries pulld back together but now on140 ml. I have different immune system n tollorence yhan ur avarage person im scared to ask doc if its me cant have anymore kids or methodone cuz we r back together n still everyone is havein kids but us n we try daily so guess my question is goin on 5 years has it made me not able to hav kids anymore and even tho it saved my life i cant get off it my story like most have one is diff i made my carreer on opiats fot 12 years long stpry short lost carree. Family house wife now on dissability from dammage i caused myself even tho im on the program everytime i try to go back work my minds so used to doin it eith pills i fail i want more kids but dont think il ever get off the program or able to hav a child can u help

Kathy
5:11 pm July 17th, 2015

can someone please give me some much needed information, my son has been a Heroin addict for 3 yrs and now has decided to go on methadone, he is currently on 50mg but he appears to be high extremely talkative going into the nod and basically looking and acting just like he did when using, without the track marks, is this as good as it gets ,is this what recovery looks like because I do not see how he can even get a job looking and acting like this, or am I naive and being played. he was clean for a few months before this and I do not even know why he made this decision I know it is his recovery but he lives with us and I can not live like this. does supporting someone in their recovery mean sacrificing my own peace of mind, he looks awful but he feels really really good.

kelly
6:32 pm July 23rd, 2015

Hello I am very scared and don’t know what to do I have been taking methodome for 2 years now and I acutely get them from the streets I know this is awful but I only started them because of pain and a friend told me how good they help and they did I always felt great but now I want to get off and when I try I get so sick and weak so then I get more because I’m scared and I can’t stand the pain and plus no one knows that I have been doing this I want help so bad I have no one I can tell because no one ever new that I did this I feel so bad, what can I do please help.

Bo
8:35 pm July 26th, 2015

Kathy
After he gets stabilized it’ll get better . At first you do get a euphoric feeling (talkative, energy boost,etc…) but cravings go away & you just feel normal. If he’s committed to the program it can work. Takes counseling seriously & not play the ” get as high a dose as you can ” game . The lowest possible stable dose recommended.

joe
4:30 pm July 27th, 2015

What other drugs I can take to make my tapering side effects comfortable like lack of sleep and heavy overwhelming anxiety please contact me with some answers sicerely

kelly
6:59 pm August 7th, 2015

Hello I have been taking methadone for 2 years now and I tried to stop and started feeling so sick and I started taking again I’m very scared I never wanted this to happen this way I just want to get this out of my system and not depend on it plus I will never get a job again if this is in my system I just want to know what to do who can help how to stop please I’m very worried and scared no one knows that I take them I feel terrible that I have been taking them for this long but now it’s not easy at all

Cannot Believe This
12:32 pm August 10th, 2015

Reading the comments from people on Methadone are as in denial as I was for most of my decade long experience with the most terrible thing I ever got involved with. First, I started using Methadone on a recreational, I did not know it got you high, but when I first tried it (I couldn’t get pills, and I did previously do Heroin occasionally) I loved it. I started using it every day and when I became dependent on it I then went on a clinic. Someone gave me advice not to go over 115 so I went straight there and was still getting high and while in a different state in college it stopped giving me that high. Yet that’s where I found what I was looking for mixing it with other things, I would drop out of college and spend there years in a bedroom, on a clinic, as they told me I was doing well. I know I’ll hear the (Well, I don’t do benzos) Well, I’m seeing people talk about how they’re on 140 mg, that’s insane. After 3 years of denial I would end up switching to a different clinic that was not into giving out “Take Homes” after I came down from 115 to 49 mg in 3 months (I was working out every day and doing well, yet could not get further off of it, and was not encouraged to by any clinic, as there was never, ever an “End Game”) The next 7 years was an Absolute nightmare, most people there were not in any way sober, and were just being enabled, like me, and having our insurances milked. What finally happened was the best thing that could have happened, I got kicked off of the clinic (after around a decade of being on 2 clinics, wasting 10 years of my life, confined to yes, Liquid Handcuffs) But I decided to kick cold turkey, no hospital or anywhere was willing to help, see, outside of your clinic there was no one to help taper me off nor help me in any way. I was sick for over 2 months and it still was in my urine. At 37 I finally was off of it, had some memory loss, speech impairment, depression, bodily functions still not right, tremors, teeth a mess, things I finally could take care of. I know what it’s like on Christmas morning to be in line standing there, waiting for my dose that will make me “Normal” but trust me, when ya kick you’ll know that dose lasts a while, it’s as mental as much physical, and in 2 clinics for over a decade, I never saw one person leave – I was the only one.

Cassidy
10:00 pm August 21st, 2015

Im confused because my mother in law went to the treatment center for help with her heroin addiction, but as they get her up to the dose she needs to be on she cant even function. they want her on 90mgs a day but today she took 50mgs and she cant keep her eyes open, she cant talk to you without falling asleep. i just dont understand how liquid methodone could help when it does that to you..

sara
1:24 am September 18th, 2015

Just a question. I have been taking methadone daily now. About 40-60mg per day. Not prescribed. I originally did it to get a buzz since I loved painkillers. I wasn’t expecting them to save my life if you will. I haven’t spent a dime on pain killers in about a month. I feel amazing, I could cry. I didn’t realize how miserable and lazy and sick and naseous they were making me let alone the $ I have secretly spent. How can I get help if I’m abusing them now…

Jessica
5:49 pm September 18th, 2015

Hi! I’ve had started at 21 taking pain pills due to I felt I was super mom and was addicted before I ever knew it. I started taking methadone but wasn’t from a Dr was buying on street. I tried 1 1/2 yrs ago to do rehab was sick of what I had become after 10yrs doing this tomyself and my family. No rehab would take me due to just one addiction, and I have no thousands of dollars to pay nor my family. Tried subutek that a Dr put me on but visit plus my scrips were way too much for my FAM to pay due they have me and my 4 kids living with them. So I only was able to take a 2week supply which worked until SMH I still felt withdrawals. So now I’ve gotten on methadone which I’ve only took 20 mg max 30. But its a withdrawal that last so long . I’ve lost babies to my parents , and 12 days ago on my own I decided f#*k this I want my kids back. But I’ve took a few percs, loricet, &xanax to help me. I’m still leg and arms jerking, not sleeping well and I need advice cuz everyday I feel I should feel better. My emotions which I’ve numbed for yrs are out of nowhere makes me cry with I guess guilt. I just want to know advice or if there’s anything I can do because GA SEEMS TO HAVE NO CARE FOR BROKE AND HELPLESS LOST ADDICTS LIKE ME. I CANT FAIL THIS AGAIN!! Thanks and I’m so thankful for any info. Plus will I withdrawal from the percs n loricet I’ve been taking no more than 20-30 mg a day to help me

Kathy
3:30 pm September 22nd, 2015

I originally posted this summer when my son started on a methadone maintence program. After he stabalized on the drug he is doing wonderful I would never even know he was on anything. He is working his recovery going to meetings, getting behavioral therapy and this week is moving into a sober house. He is on 65 mg per day and although I was not on board with this it does seem to be helping him tremendously so for anyone dealing with this it does get better.

josh s
7:13 pm September 22nd, 2015

I do have a problem with oxycodone I’ve been taking them for almost five years now and I have a big problem.I do have a family doctor but I’m afraid to tell him and have him judge me, I lost my wife to cancer this year and the pills seem to help me get through the day but I’m spending all of my money on them and can’t get my self out of the rut what should I do.

josh
6:14 pm September 25th, 2015

Hello my dr gave me 2 options for long term pain management either methadone or fentanyl patch would it be best for me to get the patch in case of becoming dependent on opiods I would later have options of methadone to come off any dependency

Cannot Believe This
5:36 pm September 27th, 2015

I would encourage anyone thinking about getting help off of opiates the one and only way I’ve seen it work (as Methadone is quite the joke – please find me a doctor who could prescribe you 60 or over milligrams of Methadone a day. I just saw a lady I personally knew die from cancer and on Hospice she was still fighting for her life and not taking the liquid morphine she was given plus other things, plus hospitals it’s on a severely rare basis a doctor will give out 5 to 10 mg a day if that still even happens) There are many problems with Methadone Clinics, as a moron myself I was on one as I wrote above, there was no looking to the future to help you get off of it or to find a time and date to get off of it, the only cases I saw leave went to prison, Heroin, or another clinic. Me writing this is surely not going to make anyone think differently and you can make your own excuses as to why you should be on it, and I’m not sponsored or doing a commercial, yet there is a reasonable way to stop opiate abuse in the form of Soboxone. If you’re an addict saying, “My insurance wont’ pay for it but they’ll pay for Methadone” that is true, at first – you have to call your insurance right away and get them to talk to the prescribing doctor and it will be covered. You found a way to get high for years and that’s something that comes with time, being tired of that job, that never ends and that you never will catch up to. Otherwise, anyone Pro-Methadone Clinic I sincerely hope one opens next door to you

2:09 pm September 28th, 2015

Hi Josh. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate drug which is a powerful painkiller and tranquillizer, while methadone is also a synthetic opioid. They both have the potential of causing dependence. Coming off of either one won’t be easy, but it’s achievable.

Straightfacts
5:46 pm September 28th, 2015

No other medication has undergone such a plethora of rigid studies over the last 40+ years as has methadone, notably by opponents of MMT and coroners who routinely record every death that shows a trace of methadone in the system as its sole cause.
Despite the lack of a single credible, corroborated study over the past decades showing hepatic, renal, cardiac (or other) damage resulting from long term use of methadone – including people on dialysis or with chronic liver problems – the myths about methadone continue unabated. Sadly also among health professionals and researchers seeking to make a name for themselves with ‘groundbreaking’ new studies which fit the funding government’s drug treatment glove or have other conflicts of interest. Your list of socalled risks included “cardiac problems” which probably stems from what is jokingly known as “the Krantz syndrome”, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2009 by Krantz et al. on methadone and prolonged QT interval/TdP. It was discredited as “not adequately verified” and has not been to this day. Krantz had a stake in the competing drug Buprenorphine that supposedly would “solve the problem”.

En fin: I do not wish it on anyone having to be in a position where methadone is needed nor do I encourage anyone ever to use more than their prescribed dose. What I can say with certainty though is that doubling up a dose in an otherwise healthy opiate-tolerant long term user does not lead to “organ damage”.

Hi Evan
5:37 pm October 1st, 2015

Evan your cap lock button is stuck in the “on” position. But I’m sure you know that, too, along with everything else, huh?

rob
12:52 am October 11th, 2015

What happens when you are hurt in the er and are in pain what pain meds would they use on you being that the meth is an opioid blocker? Also how long does it keep blocking after you take your dose for the day?

Jan
3:30 am October 18th, 2015

Hi, this question actually is for me but about my x boyfriend as of a week ago today we broke up. I’m very depressed at this time as I loved him deeply . we’ve been together 8 years this Halloween. He has been on methadone and oxy for at least 12 years maybe longer. He is in a pain clinic program as he had an accident at work that caused damage to his neck and arms. So is on disability. The last 2 years have been terrible. I feel I am on a rollercoaster. His moods are terrible along with being paranoid, he is anxious, sleeps all the time, accused me of having affairs, has the sweats, feels people are threantening him, have no sex life. Etc etc. So much more. My question is..after all these years can the chemistry of the brain change so much from the drugs that even his personality changes? Also, this pain clinic, what kind of Dr. Puts a person on these types of drugs when he is an alcoholic and a x heronine user? I’m really confused. We have had multiple fights..and now which I am a social drinker has changed everything around in our relationship that we are broken up cause I am an alcholic. Please let me know? I really feel he is taking more then he is suppose to be taking. I think he is addicted to them. Thank you. Please send responce to my email address. Confused and depressed, jan

Tammy
6:14 pm October 21st, 2015

I have been on methadone maintenance for 12. Years I have went from 180mgs down to 38 mgs. I really want to not have it control my mind and life anymore. That is the reason I have went down. yes, it has taken me a year to come down, I have pain everyday and was on prescription meds oxcodone and was sick of taken pills and at the time I was abuseing them,that’s when I decided to go to a clinic, I regret it now I feel withdrawal symptoms like cramps in my legs and feet sometimes my muscle will cramp up so bad you can see it. Do you have any suggestions to help me in this battle? I would really appreciate any information you can give me. The clinic I go to tells you that you are clean. I tell them I don’t feel clean when I have to go to a clinic everyday. Thanks

gina
11:34 pm October 22nd, 2015

I am a patient at a methadone clinic in ms I have been there 2 yrs I was 100mg then I asked to be lowered to 85mg because I was feeling high which I was now I am feeling high once again and it’s making me so sleepy that an hour drive home from the clinic is taking me up to 2 hours I have went to my counselor but she says the Dr. refuses to lower my dose I even told her I want off of the methadone but nothing but I some how fell test when I know there is no way and that causes me to have to go daily at least i didnt have to take it all when i got my take home dosing it was suposed to be 18 month program then I would be able to come down even off and now I’m scared because I am an recovering addict and feeling high is not a good thing addicts chase the best high not the color of the drug or name

Ashley
4:55 pm November 19th, 2015

hello I was being treated for herniated discs from nursing for years. when I lost my health insurance I couldn’t afford the Percocet pain meds I had been pprescribed.I started feeling sick n couldn’t sleep or sit still and realized I was withdrawing from the Percocet even though I was taking it legally for real pain. it got so bad I didn’t know what to do. someone I knew offered me methadone n I was sick n weak minded I took it n it has been going on for five yrs. I dont even care about it I just get soooo sick every time I dont take it that now im stuck. n its even worse than trying to get off anything else. I went 16 days wo it and was still sick. a dr told me I might not be the same for close to a year if I stop. I don’t have that kind of time. am I truly trapped in a physical dependence to this chemical? sure feels that way!

Abdulla
12:41 am November 24th, 2015

Am on methadone mmt for last 3 years started with 10mg a day until last 3montha reached 30mg and still I feel its low dose couse I feel craving for Heroine. When I use heroine I stop methadone and hide them for my detox. Meanwhile I take penzo xanax 2-3mg a night doue to my accute sleep disturbance mostly without methadone but with other opiates & Heroin.
Can I take 1mg zanax or 15mg valium with my 30mg methadone without heroine ???
Or shall I ask for increase of methadone upto 40mg only without any other thing .
Fyi while GP writing my monthly take home prescription twice collection ie for 2weeks she asked me do you need any othet medicine to write … I said No only Methadone ..couse I thout she might want to test me if I love to ask for benzo and maybe she was truthful.
Tomorrow is my appointment and need your advice

Kindly help me

Many thanks and best regards 2all

Jason
8:21 pm November 25th, 2015

I am tkn 140 mg of liquid methadone a day.it mks me slp alot and at about3am every night im waking up and cant go bk to slp due to comfort and I feel drowsy most of the day.do you think thats to much methadone.

12:33 pm November 27th, 2015

Hello Abdulla. There is no effect of your recovery if you are still taking heroin when you need it. I suggest you talk with your doctor about your carvings, she’ll find a way to help you. Good luck!

Maryanne
12:03 am December 18th, 2015

Hey I know I’m on methadone with welltrbin 159mg of it 150mg

Bri
9:03 pm December 25th, 2015

I just started methadone 2 1/2 weeks ago, and the Dr increased my dosage from 40 to 50 BUT since he increased it I get extremely before I started the methadone treatment I was on Roxicodone, loritab, norco and percocet. I had gastric cancer and the marginal ulcers which led to me having a full stomach reconstruction and a g tube placed for nutrition. I need help with this sleeping all the time because I have 9 mths old boy and girtwins, a 17, 15. 13 and 10 year old boys so I can’t just sleep all day long. Thanks everyone!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:48 am December 29th, 2015

Hi, Bri. Have you talked with your doctor about your sleeping problems? If not, I’d suggest you to seek an advice. Or call an ask a pharmacist. Also, you may consider some home remedies or teas. They might be helpful. Good luck!

Ultraviolet
3:31 am January 3rd, 2016

As someone who was on methadone for 17 years, usually on a dose lower than 60, I can tell you, methadone certainly makes you high. Not high in the euphoric sense, but in the sleepy sense. I would take it after waking and it was like taking a handful of sleeping pills every morning. Now had I had a job that I had to go to to pay by bills, I could have overcome this, but I didn’t it. Was usually in school which has laxer standards. Even when I worked I didn’t have to to support myself. I had a friend who was on it who did well at her 50-hour a week job who described it thus: when she was at work she was fine, when she wasn’t, she was falling asleep on the toilet. I also felt easily overwhelmed by tasks with any complexity to them so I was constantly letting down people I was doing projects with in film school because there were often complicated tasks involved with competing a film that were far more difficult and other-dependent than say, doing an English paper. Saying this, I don’t know if I could’ve gotten off heroin without methadone or if I could would have had the discipline to do so knowing methadone was available. But I am sick of this b.s. that it doesn’t get you high because it doesn’t get you euphoric or stoned feeling. I was more mentally affected by heroin than methadone and the doses they give you nowadays are way too high. When I started in 1991, in Philly the maximum was 80 and in NYC the maximum was 100 and they started you at 25 mg. Dope was less strong then, but still. At 60 then I had to go down because I was nodding out in my classes. When I brought this up with my counselor she said it was just because I was taking a summer class!

Ann
5:08 am January 4th, 2016

Kathy,

I’m so glad other people have seen what I am seeing in my son, the MMT clinic said, “You do not get high” and the effects I reported and video taped meant he was doing something else. Which I knew he wasn’t. My son started MMT a week ago, he is high as can be. How in the world do we ride this out? He is sweating like crazy, hyper as can be, didn’t sleep for 5 days, had a car accident, and very angry that he missed his Saturday appt. He had stayed that night with a friend and finally feel asleep and didn’t get up to go. Which honestly I see as a blessing because he came home and finally slept for 19 hours straight and then feel back to sleep at 9. How long did it take to stabilize? Concerned that he is just getting addicted to something else which appears to be more powerful then anything else he has been on. What if he is allergic to it? Day 4 he had red bumps on his chest, day 6 stomach completely red, red marks on his neck and red spots on his face. These are now gone since he has not had his dose in 2 days. How can I support something that is causing so much chaos in my home?

Fastfifty
5:45 am January 5th, 2016

Ann,
Not sleeping for 5 days and being hyper do not sound like methadone side effects. Those sound like crystal meth or maybe cocaine side effects (some kind of stimulant). Yes, the sweating drives me absolutely crazy as well. What I found worked for me is I keep my dose as low as I possibly can to minimize the side effects. I used to be on 90 mls- now I am at 50. If he just started a week ago his dose should be very low, as they start you low and slowly titrate up until you are comfortable/stable. Are you SURE he isnt using other drugs? And honestly, it is ridiculously easy to beat the drug tests you get at the clinic. I would be skeptical if I was in your shoes. Hope things get better for you.
L

pj
12:19 am January 17th, 2016

my son is on a methadone regiment at the p.a.r. clinic for about a year now. for the last week his speech is slurred and very slow, and he seems to be unbalanced when he walks. so i suspect he is using something to get buzzed.
any thoughts that might help are appreciated!

Lisa
3:47 am January 25th, 2016

I’ve been takeing 30mgs methadone a day for almost about 8 months now. I told my doc that it was not helping my pain anymore and he ignored me. What can I do to get pain relief.

Randy jo
6:24 pm February 20th, 2016

I’ve been taking methadone from a clinic for just over 3 yrs now. I would very much like to come off it now but weening is not working at all. Can u give me any information on ways to come off methadone. I originally came into the program at 200mg daily and I’m at 70mg today. I seem to be stuck….HELP PLZ

Joanne
8:07 am February 29th, 2016

Hello im addicted to hydrocodone Narcos 10 mil. For the last 4 years it has become a really big problem and i take alot a day. I went to rehab and was on suboxone and was doing well but was no longer able to go because I lost my private insurance. I relapsed and now planning to go into another rehab but I can only get methadone becuase that is the only thing that my insurance covers. Im really scared because im adfraid that i might get hooked on the methadone and have another bigger problem. Im so confused on what to do but know that i have to do something my habbit is getting worse and loosing alot of relationships over it. Can you please give some advice?

Jessica
1:55 am March 10th, 2016

Hi there. I just started on methadone today. So far i am having no withdrawal from the 30 percocet that i had been doing every day for the last 6 months or so. My issue is i am still having to snort a half a perc here and there to help the absolutely horrible pain in my nose and throat. My question is about how long until that malicious burning pain in my face goes away and will doing a half here and there hurt me?

Luke
7:56 pm March 25th, 2016

I’m currently a college transfer student and I was wondering if your record shows that you are going to the methadone clinic for help to get off prescription medication would the college be legally able to not except me for that being on my background?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:11 pm March 30th, 2016

Hi Luke. I suggest you ask addition officers which documents are required to make the transfer.

John
7:46 pm March 31st, 2016

Try to separate those messages from people who are using methadone for addiction from those messages from whom methadone is being used for pain. It is a different ballgame.
Those using M for addiction are just satisfying/quelling receptors which are now demanding what is now a new normal amount of a substance. M ramps up over several days to a level so do not try to kick start with a higher dose. If you take higher doses than your body can process in 3 days it will start to build up into a slowly forming overdose. M is supposed to take the edge off and make life tolerable. During this borrowed time you have to find new options to make life more satisfying.

Deep
6:47 am April 7th, 2016

Actually, my concern is that, I started methadone in July 2015 and I started from 20mg and in next 4 months I reduced it to 9mg but suddenly I was feeling very bad and too much pain in my body and I started increasing my dose and now my dose is 35 mg and I felt just one or two weeks better whenever I increased my dose and afterthat I have to increase my dose because I feel withdrawal symptoms.So, My question is that why I feel just couple of days better after increasing my dose and it is the reason
That I am now at 35 from 9. Pls answer me about this if someone knows about it.. Thankss very much..

Deep
5:37 pm April 7th, 2016

Actually, my concern is that, I started methadone in July 2015 and I started from 20mg and in next 4 months I reduced it to 9mg but suddenly I was feeling very bad and too much pain in my body and I started increasing my dose and now my dose is 35 mg and I felt just one or two weeks better whenever I increased my dose and afterthat I have to increase my dose because I feel withdrawal symptoms.So, My question is that why I feel just couple of days better after increasing my dose and it is the reason
That I am now at 35 from 9. Pls answer me about this if someone knows about it.. Thankss very much……

Broken
6:29 am April 29th, 2016

I too have been on just about everything, except methadone, I was given 5mg twice daily, I have been on this for only 1 month, ( worst month of my life) I broke my back, need more back surgeries, both knees replaced, needless to say 52 other surgeries, I guess I don’t get how this pain clinic works….I don’t abuse my medicine, the med might work at a different level, I don’t know what to say to this Dr. He is a very sweet man, but dang my body is killing me right now, please help. Thanks in advance, plus I like to stay busy, but jut just can’t at this very low level without break through meds…..PLEASE PLEASE HELP, I don’t want to have to sit back down in my wheelchair..

Broken
4:08 am April 30th, 2016

Sad to say, back in the wheelchair after 9 great years, all I can say is I hope this dr. Steps up to the plate with something….:(

Sabrina
10:36 am May 7th, 2016

I have bipolar disorder with no other aches and pains. My doctor prescribed Methadone to me. I am not addicted to any drugs and I wonder why he gave me the prescription? I told him I didn’t think it was helping me and I stopped taking it. I would like to know why a doctor would treat a bipolar person with Methadone who has no history of drug abuse?

Tony
6:52 pm May 15th, 2016

Iv reciently started methadone as treatment for opiate addictiction, and i find tht it has absolutely given me my life back it also gets me high. So i dnt understand why in all the articles i read on methadone it says that methadone does not give u that euphoric feeling or rush. Because i know first hand that it does. I started at 30 mls a day , and am now at 120mls. And at this does i am able to function very well. But im high. And i dont beleive im high bcause im getting to large of a dose because i was getting high off of 30 mls a day as well. So i have to disagree with the infomation that says that methadone does not get u high. Bcause for me everyday i do.

bs
12:02 am May 18th, 2016

I know someone who has been on this drug n mixed it with Phenagin are they at yigh risk? Of death?

Concerned employer
2:54 am June 3rd, 2016

I have an employee that is in treatment for opioid abuse, he is currently being treated with Methadone. He is a good kid and I am trying to give him a chance but sometimes he is just in outerspace and cannot focus, He forgets things and does not complete tasks. Could this be in part due to the treatment?

Cas
10:59 pm June 4th, 2016

I can not believe the bad rap methadone gets if you use it correctly and don’t keep upping your dose to”get high” it works how it’s supposed to I was on my way to a stable dose and could go to 200mg liquid per day I stopped at 190 it made me sleepy if u call that high wow! Because I’m an addict I knew this was not how it was supposed to work plus I want to get better. I’m now at 175 and feel normal I work 3 jobs have a life and can actually stay awake at family functions. The only way to get high on it is by abusing it sure take it with other meds which I’m not going to let all u people looking to find out what to mix it with. If the program don’t work for you don’t use it but don’t give it a bad rap for those of us it works for. And as far as Drs not allowing you to change dose it’s always been in my control to say when I want to start tapering as well. I’ve never been forced to stay and was always told don’t focus on a number no matter how low or high it is focus on recovery. I see my counselor every 2 weeks and in 25 yrs this last 3 yrs is the longest I have ever been sober. My parents were so proud of me then they read blogs like this . Uneducated people who don’t understand it. And they questioned the process they now feel the same as me the program works if you want it to. There is always someone who abuse it just to get through till they can score and give it a bad rap but Hell you don’t have to make it worse. Please don’t comment uneducated responses for a plan that helps us….

Verdal
7:38 am June 15th, 2016

I been drinking methadone for20 plus years want to detox will my health be in danger

April
7:33 pm June 15th, 2016

Hi, I’ve been on methadone at a clinic for about 2 weeks now and I go there every day besides Sunday because they’re closed. When you first start you’re on a low dose & I only get 1 take home on Saturday. Late Saturday night I started to feel like my dose from earlier that morning wasn’t enough. My mind started playing tricks on me and I opened my take home met for Sunday (the next day), and drank half of my dose! Afterwards I felt guilty and then of course the next day felt even worse cause I only got half my dose..I wanted to use but didn’t thank god. But do you think i should tell my counselor? Is that considered abuse? What should I do? This is old behavior things I do while using i don’t wanna live like that anymore! Im just worried this could happen again I don’t trust myself right now. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks, April P.

J
5:20 am June 23rd, 2016

I have been taking methadone for 10 years. Last week my Doctor told me I had to take Pain Mtmg classes starting today. I live on a very disability low income and do not have the money it takes to get to the classes. Because I do not have money for gas, I did not go to the classes. Now, I do not have any methadone. How long will it take before I go into withdrawals. When this happens should I go to the ER?

Courtney
3:12 pm July 20th, 2016

I began taking Methadone for opioid addiction in August of 2014…. almost 2 years now. I have been 100% some ever since!! I am at 108mgs. My problem is this. Now that I am not working and just going to school online, I find that an hour and a half after I dose I start to “nod-off”. I was at 130mgs and am going down and I never had this problem at 130mgs. Why am I having it now, and what can I do to prevent this from happening? It’s beginning to affect my school work and I truly am quite annoyed by it. Heroin was never my drug of choice. I only took massive quantities of pills, however, I feel like the way someone on heroin looks when they nod-off, I could be in the middle of writing and I just nod-off!! Please help!!!! It just happened right now!!! Please help me!!

lilBunny78
1:22 am July 21st, 2016

Firstly, Yes you do and can get high on methadone i take it every day and get high why? take if you didn’t secondly aside from blocking all other opiates, I want to state this so no one else tries this and kills them self-methadone does not block fetal- and it is a synthetic opiate so methadone does not block it as we found out when my boyfriend tryed because some idiot said only 50% get through NOT TRUE! he almost died in fact did until i brought him back! lest say throw down a match size head amount! or you will die shooting it! you can always do more you can’t take it back! for all you dummies out there who think methadone blocks fet you are wrong i speak from a person on methadone who’s done it and also for someone who almost died taking that advice of some idiot who posted that crapp!

A
9:09 pm August 1st, 2016

I’ve been doing the veterans department taper down to 5mgs so stopped sicker than hell any ER wants to admit me to psych calling drug addic- never used anything but put on this for pain management but when my doctor retired I was screwed- help
On Xanax clonidine and gabapentin oh onstradan too- not helping severe withdrawals

Pat
9:17 pm August 23rd, 2016

My brother is addicted to opiots. Hes gonna go cold turkey to get off them. I’m scared that something might happen to him. Should I be concerned. I don’t want him to go into a seizure or worse things happening.

12:04 pm August 24th, 2016

Hello Pat. Opiate withdrawal is very uncomfortable, but more than anything, there is a risk of relapse. I suggest you read this article about helping an opiate addict: http://drug.addictionblog.org/help-for-opiate-addiction/ It outlines the whole process of physical and psychological symptoms, what you can expect, what you can do to help, and who to call for help.

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