It does not rot teeth, nor is it stored in the bones. More often, the lifestyle of the addicted person often results in less dental care and poor eating habits. In the body, methadone is handled by the liver and stays in your body a long time. Its effect last a long time, this is the reason the person only needs to take it once per day.
Methadone stays in the body a long time (it has a long half-life), withdrawal from methadone takes longer than withdrawal from heroin. If a person wishes to decrease their dose of methadone, it is decreased under medical supervision over time.
Another name for a drug dealer is a drug pusher, one who pushes drugs on you. They don’t offer a push up, instead they offer a push down. Methadone is the most highly regulated and monitored form of treatment. Persons participating in medication assisted treatment are not getting "high" from their dose. This treatment serves the same purpose as a nicotine patch, and it helps to stop withdrawals. It is the counseling, supportive treatment that will help to give you the tools to build your life up and away from the addict lifestyle. You are now a Person in Recovery- You are A Courageous One.
People have been taking methadone for more than 30 years, for both pain control and addiction. There has been no evidence that long-term use causes any physical damage. Some people do suffer some side effects from methadone - such as constipation, increased sweating, and dry mouth – but these usually go away over time or with dose adjustments.
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