Methadone is a prescription opioid that is weaker than most other opioids. The purpose of Methadone is actually to treat opioid addictions. Because it is a lot weaker than other opioids, it triggers the brain’s reward receptors to satisfy its opioid cravings, while being much weaker. This substance helps gradually decrease the need for other opioids to the point where they are no longer needed to satisfy.

However, methadone is still an opioid itself and has been proven to be just as addicting as other opioids. This is because even though the substance is much weaker, it can still produce euphoric feelings. There is also a more positive stigma behind it, as it is used to treat addictions, resulting in a higher chance one will be willing to keep using it.

Methadone overdose is entirely possible, and one is put at a much higher risk of overdosing if they are using other substances that affect the central nervous system in conjunction.


Methadone is commonly used in Opiate Replacement Therapy (ORT), which is the act of using much weaker opioids to satisfy the brain’s needs as it gradually adjusts to returning to life without the stronger opioid. This is unique in the sense that a potentially addictive drug is used to help curb addictions.

Treatment for methadone addiction is similar to other opioids, and not as intense. A user has many options such as inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. Withdrawal symptoms still occur, so it is highly recommended one seeks help from a professional when attempting to recover from methadone abuse.