The changes that happen to your body during addiction and recovery can add new factors to consider when taking care of yourself. As you go through methadone treatment for opioid use disorder, you might experience weight gain. What causes this increase in weight? How can you maintain a healthy BMI during recovery? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this guide.
Does Methadone Maintenance Treatment Cause Weight Gain?
Like any prescription medication, methadone can cause side effects during treatment, including weight gain. However, other factors may impact your weight throughout recovery as well, and you can take actions to help maintain a healthy weight.
How Do Methadone and Addiction Recovery Impact Weight?
Opioids have an impact on sugar intake for people with opioid use disorder and those in methadone maintenance treatment. As a full-agonist opioid, methadone can have similar side effects to drugs in the same category. You can have safe methadone treatment with a doctor’s help. Like other opioids, though, it can change the way your body processes sugar. As a result, you may have more cravings for sweet food that cause weight gain.
The situational changes that come with the transition to recovery can also impact your weight. Some people with opioid use disorder have an underweight BMI (body mass index) because of opioids’ effect on their lives. Once they work on healthy habits, they begin to gain the weight back that they lost during addiction. In some cases, the weight gain associated with methadone treatment can improve your health.
What Can I Do to Maintain a Healthy Weight During Treatment?
If you start to gain weight during methadone maintenance, mention it to your doctor. Do not try to change your amount of methadone if you take it at home or stop going to your dosage appointments. Your provider can give you advice on managing your weight throughout treatment and adjust your prescription. As you receive methadone, eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise will help you maintain your weight. These activities will also promote your overall wellness.
How Can I Manage the Other Side Effects of Methadone?
Methadone can cause additional side effects you can manage with help from your doctor. These symptoms include:
- Sleep issues
- Mood changes
Your clinic provider can work with you to find a treatment regimen that reduces these side effects. They will also give you advice on lifestyle changes and strategies to handle these symptoms as you progress through recovery.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) at MedMark Treatment Centers
MedMark Treatment Centers assists patients across the United States by offering MAT programs with methadone and buprenorphine. We commit to providing treatment in a respectful and judgment-free environment. If you want to start the recovery process or transfer providers, let us accompany you on your journey. Visit our online contact form today to schedule an appointment or call our office at 866-840-6658.