Methadone is a controversial drug that is primarily used to help addicts recover from an addiction. The controversy is easy to see: many argue that a user is simply trading one substance for another, which can lead to another addiction.
While some have used the drug to successfully defeat their problems, there are others that remain on the drug for years after kicking their initial addiction issue. Methadone creates a sense of well-being in the minds of its users, which helps to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms that recovering heroin and prescription drug addicts might feel.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that manifests itself in the breakdown of thought processes and poor emotional responsiveness.
Common symptoms of schizophrenia are:
- Auditory hallucinations (“hearing voices”)
- Extreme agitation
- Disorganized speech and thinking
These are usually accompanied by social and occupational dysfunction, as well. Schizophrenia usually presents itself first in young adulthood. Men tend to first display symptoms in their early 20s, while women more frequently show signs in their early 30s.
Genetics are believed to be a primary cause, but it also reported that certain recreational and prescription drugs can worsen symptoms, with several studies existing that connect schizophrenia and marijuana use. One in 200 people are affected with the disease, for which there is no known cure.
Using Methadone to Treat Schizophrenia
Unlike LSD, which some believe can lead to schizophrenia, methadone is a drug that, while addictive, is believed to help relieve the symptom and aide in the treatment of schizophrenia, much like it aids in the treatment of other drugs. There are many medical professionals who swear by this treatment option.
The problem, of course, is that methadone itself is a potentially addictive drug. Like many medications, users will often become more tolerant of the drug the longer they use it, and therefore need increasing amounts of methadone in order to achieve the same effect. Eventually this can lead to dependency and addiction. Some people are never able to be without the drug, and when it comes to a disorder like schizophrenia, they could be using it for the rest of their lives.
Regardless, schizophrenic patients are not unlike others with mental disorders, and the reality of having to use medication to maintain normalcy is something that is often viewed as necessary in such cases. A drug like methadone that can achieve this for the patient is sometimes the only way for them to have a regular lifestyle.
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David W. Newton is a board certified pharmacist and also has been a board member for boards of examiners for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy since 1983. His areas of expertise are primarily pharmaceuticals as well as cannabinoids. You can read an article about his expertise in CBD on the National Library of Medicine.
Reviewed by: Kim Chin and Marian Newton