Heroin addiction has become an epidemic in recent years, with its use found amongst every demographic throughout the nation. Drug treatment facilities are full of people seeking solace from the nightmare of their heroin addiction. Anything that can help end the suffering of this dangerous addiction is often welcomed, with methadone and suboxone prescribed readily to countless heroin addicts every day.
While these drugs undoubtedly help curb heroin addiction and have helped many people escape the grips of heroin use, they do little but replace one addiction with another. Methadone (which has been called the “replacement heroin”) and suboxone both hold tremendous potential for addiction, with many former heroin addicts remaining subject to them for the rest of their lives.
Methadone has long been considered the “standard” treatment for heroin addiction. And although it does stop one from using heroin, it happens to do quite a bit of damage on its own. One addicted that used methadone for their heroin addiction described this “standard treatment” as “lightly hosing a fire with gasoline.”
Methadone literally replaces heroin addiction with another similar drug. The difference is one is legal. And it is given out readily to people looking for an escape. Methadone isn’t safe and it’s shown to be extremely addictive. The side effects methadone contains are very similar to those of heroin and high doses of the drug can prove to be fatal.
For those looking to kick their methadone habit and truly beat addiction, they can expect their withdrawal symptoms to be pretty much on par with those they experienced when withdrawing from heroin. Withdrawal symptoms of methadone include:
Methadone is an opioid just like heroin. And while switching to methadone will help someone with their heroin habit and get them off the needle or away from the some of the people and circumstances associated with their heroin addiction, it does little to treat their addiction at all. Instead it offers a new addiction…one that has some people hooked for life.
It was hard enough to get off heroin, why would someone want to do it all over again when getting off methadone? Without proper treatment and truly recovering from addiction (not just quitting heroin) there are many people that stay on methadone for months, years, and even a lifetime.
Suboxone is no different. Approved by the FDA in 2002 as a drug replacement therapy, suboxone has led many heroin addicts out of the depths of their addiction. Unfortunately, it does nothing but replace one addiction with another. Treating opioid addiction with more opioids might help short-term, but for those looking for real freedom from addiction suboxone certainly isn’t the answer.
Just like heroin and methadone, suboxone holds serious potential for abuse. And even if someone is using it as it is intended, it’s terribly unhealthy and can do irreparable damage. Suboxone does nothing to treat the neurological issues of a person’s addiction. It merely covers up the “need” to use heroin.
Because suboxone is relatively new to treating heroin addiction, it isn’t until more recently that long-term studies have shown just how dangerous its use can be. It’s shown to be extremely addictive…and can actually be more difficult to stop using than methadone, which has been proven to be just as hard as quitting heroin itself in some cases. It’s also usually prescribed in exceptionally high doses (think up to 24mg), with some people claiming getting off doses this high virtually out of the question without professional help.
Long-term effects of suboxone use have shown to be awful. A number of different health problems are now associated with the long-term use of suboxone. Endocrine disruption is common which in itself is responsible for a variety of issues including hormonal imbalance and lowered sex drive. Tooth and hair loss are also common side effects of long-term use of suboxone.
How Ibogaine Can Help
No change can be solved by the same level of thinking that created it, which is precisely what someone is getting when they choose to end their heroin addiction with the use of a different opioid. Methadone and suboxone aren’t helping with addiction; they’re just helping someone get off heroin.
To truly become free from addiction (to heroin, methadone, suboxone, or any other substance) one must address the reasons for their addiction in the first place. There must be actual neurological changes in the brain to overcome addiction for good, something that can never happen when one continues to use a substance that keeps them addicted.
Ibogaine not only helps reset neurological function, but helps one to uncover and work with the fundamental reasons behind their addiction. In order to overcome addiction for the rest of one’s life, healing must be done at deep psychological levels. Ibogaine is something that explores these levels, helps one overcome addiction, and isn’t habit-forming or the least bit addictive.
No one should succumb to the slavery of an addiction that lasts a lifetime. People that have taken Ibogaine to help with methadone and suboxone addiction have stated that they feel better than they have in a long, long time…with no desire to use the substances that have kept them prisoner to addiction for far too long.