Welcome to the forum. I very happy to hear you're going against their (better?) judgement and weaning your way off the methadone. My brother was on methadone for many years, besides addictions he also had some serious mental problems. The methadone did help him and he was trying to wean himself off but was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed in 2005 .Along time ago I went out with a guy who worked for a methadone clinic for a short time. The things he told me about what goes on there would raise the hair on your neck. He told me to tell my brother to wean himself off because they would never willingly agree to it. Their job is to keep people on it, if there's not enough addicts on the methadone they loose funding for the clinic, besides many of the people that work there enjoy dipping into the supply themselves. The methadone deffinately has long term effects on your health. Anyone that tells you it doesn't is lying. Just take a look at the teeth of a long term methadone user. It gets into your bones, liver etc.
So stick with your plan to get off the stuff. If you find your having a hard time with it, concider switching over to Suboxone and using it for short term detox.
Good luck and keep posting.
It seems strange that in searching for 'methadone', there are still so many advocates for it, Don't get me wrong...it helped get us to where we are today (in a much better place!) Methadone should be used for a short period of time...once the patient is stable...go ahead and detox. Originally that was the way it was meant to be. Before the gov't realized how lucrative a business it was.
We have not been on it a year yet and already, the effects physically and psychologically are bad.
Each and every person on here seems so genuine and sincere in wishing the best for all...I think that is awesome!
congratulations on wanting to live life drug free...!!! I completely understand how you feel! I have been there. I was on methadone for one month and finally decided to go cold turkey. It was hard and i suffered terrible withdrawl symptoms for 3 months but by the third month, once i started to get energy and finally stopped having cold sweats, it was like being touched by an angel...the most beautiful feeling ever!!! I am rooting for both of you! if i could do it ...i know you can!!!! all the best...B
At the clinic I go to, my counselor was happy & supportive of my decision, she has had my back ever since I started my taper, also the nurse who is in charge gave me her blessing & is always a inspiration & keeps telling me that she has seen many clients get off this stuff, I also must mention my counselor is a former addict & alcoholic, I dont know if this is why, or what the reasons are that some counselors are more supportive then others, but I do know that if a person wants to get off methadone that this is their choice, not anyone elses. Also in the groups that I attend, their are several clients going thru methadone detox, I,ve seen some make it off this stuff & others fail, the ones who tend to make it are the ones who have remained drug free for a long period of time, so I am a firm believer in the longer you have been clean the better your odds are for getting off methadone, & above all, this is a slow, slow process, if ever their was a time in your life to put on the brakes & have patience, its now, & you will find this out once you get under 20mgs, as this is the time when you are at your weakest & very vulnerable to relapse, I personally never believed anyone when they said, once you get under 20 you will feel the difference till I got under 20, then I knew & understood what they meant, but this is because of the half life methadone has, I was put on 20mgs & did fine, then dumped down to 18 & I felt different, but 10 days later I felt fine again, its kinda like a roller coaster ride, methadone takes you up then pulls you down again, so this is when you must dig down deep & understand this is your body adjusting to the lower dose & it will get better, but its gonna take some time. On tuesday I will be dropped to 10mgs, & I must say, Im excited! & for me personally its my excitment that is gonna carry me thru my detox. Good Luck Penelope