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Methadone

My husband has been using heroin for around 1 year now. He has tried to stop and went back. He did good for a while and relapsed. He got him self into the methadone clinic thursday and has been going faithfully, he has not used anything since monday. I want to know some of the effects that the methadone will have on people. Any ideas?
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I do believe gnarly_1 is the resident expert on methadone.
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HI.......well methadone will put his addiction on hold....I dont recommend except to the worst addicts ...I/E heroin addicts and people with a 20 to 30 + day pill habits....the key to having methadone really help you is dont just switch drugs.....work a program to get yourself well so when you go off it you can stand on your own 2 feet....N/A is a good program they also offer free consoling at the clinics ....you need to work on your addiction wile on the program...you also want to make your time on methadone as short as possible the withdrawals are not pleasant and the shorter the time and lower the dose the better.....this is fare better then slamming a needle in your arm but methadone comes with its own vises....it will not get him high if he is dosed right ...but he may appear sleepy for a wile...hate to say it but your sex life will be over in a few months it takes away all the drive....weight gain is common but he should be able to put his life back together....stay on him to work a program you dont want to be3 on this stuff the rest of your life good luck and God bless.....Gnarly
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I second everything  Gnarly has said. I was on methadone for 1 year and I just recently c/t detoxed off of 22mgs. I'm currently on day 11. I wanted to detox and knew when it was time.  If he wants and is sure he can be clean, get thee to classes and start tapering the methadone as soon as possible. It's a long road to taper down but worth it, if there's even a slight chance of relapse.

Methadone gave me the time I needed to concentrate on things. I sorted my head, bought a new house - worked constantly and paid no mind to anything else. The downside is that I hadn't any real emotions, sex drive or care to associate with others. I isolated myself and was easily angered with a bad memory. Coming off of it instantly lifted it (although I felt like crap and still kinda do). Again, worth it in some regard but I can truly say I wish it was less available to everyone. It's a demon and only should be used when VERY necessary. Just my opinion of course.
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I have to agree with the above posters for the most part.  While my husband was taking methadone he was like this all the time.  But like they said DON'T just switch drugs.  And there's one thing I would have to disagree with the other posters.  It may just be an exception, but my husband never lost his sex drive.  In fact the sex was amazing while he was on methadone.  It was probably the exception and not the rule though.  If he becomes addicted to methadone the withdraws are almost as bad as from heroin (IMO).  My husband went crazy when he detoxed.  Depressed and wanting to end his life, had nothing to live for it seemed, even though he really did.  He also started hearing voices to tell him to do all sorts of things.  Thankfully I was there to help him through it.  

As the non-addict in the picture your going to have a hard time too.  As I'm sure that you know already.  Just know that you can come here if you need something, and any time you just want to talk feel free to message me.  I'm a non-addict too, my husband was the one with the addiction.  I know it's crazy hard to deal with at times.  Just remember you're not alone and things will get better :)  All happens in time :) Good luck and tell your husband that he can do it.  Just keep him positive and looking up!  
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