When you are dealing with an addiction to levacetylmethadol, or LAAM, you may only succeed with the support of an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. A synthetic opioid, similar to methadone, levacetylmethadol gained popularity as a second-line treatment for opioid dependence and addiction. In instances where patients failed to respond to methadone or similar medications, LAAM was used.
Until August of 1993 (when it was approved by the FDA as a treatment for opioid dependence), levacetylmethadol was classified by the DEA as a Schedule I drug, meaning it was defined as a drug with a high potential for abuse and no known medical use.
This classification is reserved for the most dangerous of all scheduled drugs because of the potential for extreme physical and psychological dependence. However, the drug is now considered a Schedule II drug, meaning it remains incredibly dangerous, with a high risk of abuse, but it does have a medical application.
In 2001, LAAM was removed from the European market and it was removed from the US market in 2003, making methadone the primary treatment for people grappling with opioid dependence. Why was the drug removed from the market? According to an article in the Journal of Addictive Diseases, it causes QT prolongation—a heart rhythm disorder that cannot be cured, but may be treated. Sufferers experience fast, chaotic heartbeats, which can lead to seizures, fainting, and even sudden death. For this reason, if for no other, you need to stop using levacetylmethadol; it is endangering your life.
If you are using LAAM nonmedically (without the oversight and direction of a medical professional) you are addicted to an opioid, just as you would be with heroin, methadone, or oxycodone. These are some of the most difficult drugs to stop using and you will require help. To speak to one of our advisers, call 800-654-0987. You can have questions answered, discuss funding, and receive recommendations for first class treatment. Don’t wait to call.
Why Inpatient Care for Levacetylmethadol Addiction?
Opioid drugs require detoxification, the removal of rugs from the system, as well as complete treatment. Because there are health risks associated with ceasing opioid use and because the temptation to relapse is to strong with this class of drugs, your symptoms will be best treated with 24-hour monitoring. For example, opioid withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Nausea and vomiting
These need round-the-clock care. Additionally, patients who suffer from opioid addiction often have mental health issues that are impacted by drug use. Inpatient care can address these problems simultaneously.
What Are the Benefits of Residential Treatment for Levacetylmethadol Addiction?
When you are dealing with an addiction to LAAM, you develop financial, mental, social, professional, and physical complications. A treatment program will clearly address the medical issues.
However, in outpatient care you still have to confront the problems you have created at work, the tension in your family, and the environmental cues to use. Inpatient care provides you with the distance you need and allows you to focus fully on your recovery.
Can I Count on the Confidentiality of the Rehab Facility?
Your inpatient rehab will adhere to the same strict focus on your health and commitment to your privacy that you would expect from a medical facility. If you are concerned about the privacy policies of the centers you are considering, ask. They will be happy to cover the policies with you.
If your need for privacy extends to your accommodations, inquire about private rooms. Many residential treatment centers offer them.
How Long Will I Be in Treatment for My Levacetylmethadol Addiction?
Because of the difficulty many people have breaking an addiction to opioids, you should consider long-term care. Don’t settle for less that 29-30 days of treatment.
If your addiction is particularly severe and you experience life-threatening withdrawals, relapsing could cost you your life. Remain in treatment long enough to avoid relapse. Consider a treatment period of 60 to 90 days or longer. Your treatment center can consult with you on an appropriate treatment period.
It’s time for you to take the first step in your recovery and Addiction’s com would like to support you. Call our no-cost helpline at 800-654-0987 and speak to an expert. We are waiting to help you.