Fact or Fiction - Methadone Maintenance Treatment

Know the difference between fact and fiction to know if methadone is a treatment for your opiate addiction

Methadone rots your bones.
An insufficient dose of methadone can cause a dull ache in the bones, but not rotting.
Methadone rots your teeth.
Methadone can cause dry mouth. Since saliva protects against dental decay, a dry mouth could potentially increase the risk for cavities and gum disease. This is easily managed with routine dental hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and chewing gum that does not contain sugar.
Methadone affects your memory and makes you dumber.
Intelligence test studies on methadone users show that use does not reduce intelligence.
Methadone lowers immune function.
Methadone doesn’t negatively affect immune function. In fact, once stabilized patients are more likely to eat well and take care of their physical and mental health than when they were abusing opiates.
Methadone is worse than heroin.
Methadone is a non-toxic medication. Studies have shown that methadone maintenance treatment for addiction over decades has shown no significant adverse consequences.
Methadone causes weight gain.
People have gained and lost weight while on a methadone maintenance treatment program. Weight gain may simply be a function of an improved appetite and better eating habits once no longer abusing opiates.
Methadone maintenance treatment is trading one addiction for another.
Once stabilized on methadone patients don’t experience any addictive side effects. Methadone acts as a normalizer rather than a narcotic.
Pregnant women should withdraw or lower their doses of methadone so they don’t harm their babies.
Participation in methadone maintenance treatment greatly reduces the risks of illness or even the death in mother or child. It’s important to adhere to the proper dosage determined by patient and doctor.
Methadone treatment causes people to abuse alcohol or other drugs.
Studies indicate that the amounts of alcohol or drugs consumed by methadone maintenance patients (drug-free in the MMT program) before and after treatment were almost identical.
Methadone patients should not drive or operated heavy machinery.
Skills tests in attention, reaction time, eye-hand coordination, and accurate show that methadone does not prevent a person from driving safely or using machinery. Persons who maintained proper methadone doses had adequate responses and normal functioning.

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