Methadone Clinics Henderson NC

Methadone has become the hot topic publicly due to it being finally accepted as a proper form of heroin and opiate addiction treatment. Universities and other medical institutions of learning have incorporated addiction into separate course studies, prior to the early part of this century, the only study on addiction in 4 years of medical school was approximately one hour in length, 3/4 of which was spent on alcohol addiction. Read on for more.

Serenity Counseling and DWI
(919) 603-1655
146 Main Street
Oxford, NC

Data Provided by:
Bailey, Gary
(877) 220-0793
291 N. Graham Hopedale Road
Burlington, NC

Data Provided by:
Harvest of Wilmington
(910) 793-0566
767 South Kerr Avenue
Wilmington, NC

Data Provided by:
Matthew McMillan NCC, MAC
(336) 329-8506 
Greensboro, NC

Data Provided by:
Davidson Alcoholic Care Inc
(336) 248-8914
1675 East Center Street
Lexington, NC

Data Provided by:
CMC Union
(704) 283-2043
1623 Sunset Drive
Monroe, NC

Data Provided by:
Miller, Roger
(828) 658-3515
PO Box 8312
Asheville, NC

Data Provided by:
Al-Con Counseling Associates
(336) 299-4655
612 Pasteur Drive
Greensboro, NC

Data Provided by:
Miller, Melissa
(704) 365-1844 x405
4425 Randolph Rd Suite 411
Charlotte, NC

Data Provided by:
Coastal Plain Hospital
(252) 443-9500
2301 Medpark Drive
Rocky Mount, NC

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Methadone: Is it Really a Proper Treatment for Heroin Addicts?

Provided By: 

Methadone: Is it Really a Proper Treatment For Heroin Addicts?

Ericka Lear

Friday, September 14, 2007 Methadone has become the hot topic publicly due to it being finally accepted as a proper form of heroin and opiate addiction treatment. Universities and other medical institutions of learning have incorporated addiction into separate course studies, prior to the early part of this century, the only study on addiction in 4 years of medical school was approximately one hour in length, 3/4 of which was spent on alcohol addiction.

Public perception tends to fall behind on medical acceptance; until recently, the general consensus on depression and other mental health disorders was one of character defect, a flaw in willpower, or just plain laziness (i.e. "If they would just get up and start doing something, they'd be fine.") Many people still avidly believe today that addiction is only caused through choice and that society should not be responsible for the poor choices of another person. Interestingly, it should be noted that many medical disorders which plague our society are primarily based on a poor choice. Heart disease, differing types of cancers, diabetes (especially type II), and AIDS occur when the afflicted makes a choice in life which negatively affects health. Knowing this, it is interesting to see the differences in attitudes between the aforementioned diseases and addiction. How many people would turn out for a Relay for Life to fight addiction, or a telethon to raise money to improve addiction treatment?

That being said, methadone is currently considered by the medical community to be the gold standard for opiate addiction treatment. Why? It seems odd that physicians would treat heroin/opiate addiction with a synthetic opiate and those ignorant to the mechanics and progression of addiction believe that it is just trading one addiction for another.

The first problem we come across publicly is the tendency to combine dependence and addiction into one group. Dependence is when a patient ceases taking medication, when to do so causes a set of aggravating abnormal effects of withdrawal. It can be fatal in some medications when abruptly ceased. Addiction has a component of dependence within it, however there is an all-encompassing attribute of behavioral, physical, and emotional changes that occur specifically with it that does not occur when just dependent.

Next, the advent of the MRI proved the postulating theory of Dr Vincent Dole and Dr Marie Nyswander; that opiate addiction is a metabolic disorder which causes multiple changes in the brain and body which can be permanent. Opiates, when artificially administered with no source of physical pain, causes a decrease or cessation of endorphin function. Endorphins are chemicals that are released by the body that help to regulate a number of processes, most notably mood, sleep, motivation, stress, sexual drive, and hunger. When a disruption occurs in the system, then ra...

Click here to read the rest of this article from Addicted.com