Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

A safe and effective form of treating opioid addiction, methadone is a prescription medication that is utilized in medication assisted treatment programs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provided approval for methadone to be used in these programs after an enormous amount of data came back proving its effectiveness in treating individuals’ addictions to substances such as heroin and prescription pain medications. When methadone is taken in a medication assisted treatment program, it helps decrease painful withdrawal symptoms that come with the cessation of opioid use, as well as lessens drug cravings.

If you or someone you love is wanting to be a part of a medication assisted treatment program, discuss options with a treatment provider to help decide if methadone is the best medication for you or your loved one. Keep in mind that there are many different medications used to treat opioid dependence, therefore it is critical to obtain a professional’s opinion if you or your loved one should begin a methadone treatment program or not.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a potential for addiction to become an issue. However, when methadone is being used within the safety of a medication assisted treatment program, skilled professionals can provide supervision that helps prevent methadone from being abused and causing addiction concerns. In addition, in order to obtain methadone from a treatment center, individuals must go to the center daily to receive their medication, which helps control the level of use.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should an individual be required to take a drug test, his or her methadone use will not show up. A special type of drug test is required to pick up the presence of methadone, however standard drug tests can come back positive if other substances are being abused.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The period of time that an individual will stay on methadone will depend on his or her own unique needs. Some individuals take methadone for long period of time, while others utilize it for a little while.

If you or someone you care for is interested in a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of methadone, talk about the length of time that you or your loved one might be on this medication with the attending physician.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is consuming prescription medications for physical or psychological purposes, it is imperative that he or she tells his or her doctor before taking methadone, as this drug has the ability to cause negative interactions. Conducting an open conversation about what additional medications are being taken can help ensure that methadone will not pose any risks to the person taking it. In addition, using opioids or alcohol while taking methadone is not recommended.

What if I no longer wish to take methadone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Some people continue taking methadone for long period of time, however every patient is different. Methadone can cause withdrawal symptoms to occur if a person is not properly weaned off of this medication. Therefore, a treatment provider can work with patients to decide what kinds of dosages he or she will need to safely come off methadone if it is desired. From there, if a patient wants to take a different medication, his or her provider can help assist with that transition.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment provided at Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center is personalized to fit the needs of each patient. As a result, the cost of care varies. The services that are provided, the medications that are received, and the method of payment can all factor into final costs.

If you or a loved one wants to learn more about how much treatment might cost at Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center, contact one of our compassionate intake experts right now.