Methadone Withdrawal - Prescribed Treatment Option Can Lead to Addiction

One particularly surprising aspect of this study is the stark contrast in search queries between “methamphetamine withdrawal” and “methadone withdrawal”. In Graph 1, the top two phrases “methadone withdrawal” and “methadone withdrawal symptoms” total 26,763 searches. The next three phrases together, “meth withdrawal”, “meth withdrawal symptoms” and “methamphetamine withdrawal”, tally only 5,943 searches, a difference of 20,820.

This is startling because conventional addictions research shows the prevalence of methamphetamine addiction well above that of methadone addiction.

Methamphetamine Withdrawal - Significantly Fewer Searches

Methadone withdrawal has many devastating symptoms. Methadone, a synthetic opiate most commonly used in the treatment of narcotic addictions (primarily heroin) can be physically addictive itself. As such, “methadone withdrawal” will occur if an individual abruptly stops taking this drug.

New trend-tracking addictions research sheds light on the online popularity of this issue. Raw data was collected for search frequencies of the phrase “methadone withdrawal”. The study results presented below in bar graphs indicate that methadone withdrawal is on the minds of many internet users, with almost 24,000 searches a year. They also show that methadone withdrawal appears to be a more pressing concern than methamphetamine withdrawal.

Methadone Withdrawal - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  24,000
methadone withdrawal    22840
methadone withdrawal symptoms    3923
meth withdrawal    2938
meth withdrawal symptoms    1853
methamphetamine withdrawal    1152
symptoms of methadone    1116
symptoms of methadone withdrawal    1105
withdrawal from methadone    856
crystal meth    586
crystal meth withdrawal    579
symptoms of meth    375
withdrawal symptoms of meth    371
length of methadone withdrawal    160
meth addict    91
withdrawal from meth    82
meth addiction    77
neonatal methadone withdrawal    73
meth withdrawal symptons    73
withdrawal from meth addiction    73
methadone withdrawal sleep    36
methadone withdrawal blog    36
methadone withdrawal stages    36
help with methadone withdrawal    21
help with methadone    21
methadone withdrawal help    20
methadone withdrawal message boards    16
drug methadone    15
symptoms of methamphetamine    14
crystal meth withdrawal symptoms    14
methadone withdrawal in babies    13
0 24,000

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms - Looking for Answers

In Graph 2 of the study, the word “methadone”' is revealed to be the most commonly searched word for this topic, with “symptoms” second, followed by “meth” and “methamphetamine”. Other notable mentions include inquiries for pharmacological solutions/treatment for methadone and meth withdrawal symptoms, as indicated by the infrequent, but present terms “hydrocodone”, “vicodin” and “clonidine”.

Methadone Withdrawal - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in methadone withdrawal searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 methadone withdrawal exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  25,000
methadone    23765
symptoms    8131
meth    3523
methamphetamine    1179
from    962
crystal    592
length    167
vitamins    146
acute    93
post    93
addict    91
addiction    82
symptons    79
neonatal    73
using    56
alcohol    56
help    46
stages    36
blog    36
sleep    36
babies    22
how    21
side    18
drug    18
treatment    17
boards    16
message    16
duration    16
fever    14
vicodin    14
count    14
clonidine    14
long    13
what    12
hydrocodone    11
syndrome    11
stopping    10
last    10
signs    10
remedies    10
platelet    10
supplements    10
getting    8
rid    8
severe    8
management    8
home    8
infants    7
symptom    7
stories    6
zinc    6
magnesium    6
suboxone    6
naltrexone    6
why    5
born    5
treating    5
mg    5
affects    5
treat    5
expect    4
depression    4
percocets    4
blood    4
low    4
process    4
dose    4
remedy    4
newborns    3
cold    3
causes    3
stroke    3
turkey    3
money    3
months    3
darvocet    3
death    3
newborn    3
vertigo    3
pain    3
detoxification    3
white    3
substitute    2
when    2
60    2
ultram    2
6    2
drugs    2
taking    2
darvacet    2
dangers    2
natural    2
forum    2
deadly?    2
meds    2
counter    2
ease    2
take    2
klonopin    2
city    2
cocaine    2
easing    2
sauna    2
oklahoma    2
dealing    2
people    2
anger    2
detox    2
opiate    2
time    2
used    2
shoplifting    2
ways    2
personal    2
lead    2
new    2
florida    2
0 25,000

Montreal Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center Explores the Future of Addictions Research

USDR, an alcohol and drug rehab center near Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is one of the first addictions treatment centers to sponsor search frequency research. Data collected is not only utilized for program development, it is available to other health professionals committed to the advancement of addictions research and treatment.

Methadone Withdrawal - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 110 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  20
withdrawal symptoms of methamphetamine    12
methadone withdrawal syndrome    11
stopping methadone    10
methadone withdrawal treatment    10
hydrocodone for methadone withdrawal    10
signs of meth    10
stopping methadone withdrawal    10
vicodin for methadone withdrawal    10
clonidine for methadone withdrawal    10
withdrawal signs of meth    10
withdrawal symptoms of methadone    10
withdrawal of meth    9
methadone withdrawal symptoms duration    8
crystal methamphetamine    6
severe methamphetamine withdrawal    6
side effects of methadone    6
withdrawal symptoms methadone    6
side effects methadone withdrawal    5
methadone withdrawal length    5
methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms    5
remedies for meth withdrawal    5
side effects methadone    5
treating methadone withdrawal    5
side affects methadone withdrawal    5
withdrawal methadone    5
suboxone for methadone withdrawal    4
suboxone for methadone    4
meth withdrawal infants    4
addiction withdrawal    4
methadone addiction    4
symptoms of crystal meth    4
methadone symptoms withdrawal    4
methadone withdrawal depression    4
meth use and withdrawal    4
naltrexone methadone withdrawal    4
methadone symptoms    4
babies born with methamphetamine    4
withdrawal symptons of methadone    4
methadone withdrawal stories    4
methadone addiction withdrawal    4
vicodin methadone withdrawal    4
symptoms of meth addiction    4
treatment of methamphetamine withdrawal    4
treatment of methamphetamine    4
methadone withdrawal in newborns    3
help methadone withdrawal    3
duration of methadone withdrawal    3
duration of methadone    3
methamphetamine withdrawal vertigo    3
dose methadone    3
meth detoxification    3
crystal meth in babies    3
meth detoxification withdrawal    3
percocets for methadone withdrawal    3
clonidine methadone    2
symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal    2
symptons of methadone withdrawal    2
cold turkey methadone withdrawal    2
take vicodin    2
mg methadone    2
clonidine methadone withdrawal    2
methadone withdrawal forum    2
severe methamphetamine withdrawal vertigo    2
meds for meth withdrawal    2
methadone withdrawal in infants    2
why methadone    2
taking vicodin    2
meth withdrawal remedies    2
treatment for methadone    2
methadone substitute withdrawal    2
treatment for methadone withdrawal    2
why methadone causes withdrawal    2
dealing with methadone withdrawal    2
methadone 60 mg    2
methadone substitute    2
personal stories methadone withdrawal    2
darvacet in methadone withdrawal    2
methadone 60 mg withdrawal    2
cold turkey methadone    2
methadone length of withdrawal    2
0 20