Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe option for the treatment of an opioid addiction. This medication, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in opioid addiction treatment programs after an extensive amount of research proved its effectiveness, helps individuals wean off of opioids like prescription pain medications and heroin. When taken within the confines of a medication assisted treatment program, methadone is capable of curbing cravings for continued use and lessening the intensity of withdrawal symptoms once an individual stops using his or her substance(s) of choice.

If you or someone you care for wants to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of medications to defeat an addiction, speak with a treatment provider to determine if methadone or another medication is the best option for you or your loved one at this time. There are other medications available that might be better suited for you or your loved one, so it is important to go over the pros and cons of starting on methadone prior to actually doing so.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Yes. Methadone is a controlled substance that can lead to dependency if abused. When utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, however, professionals will closely monitor each patient’s use of this medication to prevent him or her from abusing it. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs require patients to come to the center daily to obtain their dose of methadone so that they do not take too much at one time and the risk for abuse can be controlled.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is made to take a drug test while on methadone, he or she will not test positive. A drug test will be positive if an individual is abusing other substances like opioids, however it takes a special test to detect methadone.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The period of time that you spend on methadone will be determined based on your own personal treatment needs. Some individuals will only take methadone for a short while, while others will continually use it for a longer amount of time.

If you or someone you love is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of methadone, speak with a provider to determine how long you or your loved one might remain on this medication.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. If you are taking any prescription medications for physical or psychological reasons, speak with your treatment provider about these medications before you start on methadone. This medication can interact with other medications, which is why it is in your best interest to talk with your provider so he or she can help ensure the safety and effectiveness of all of your medications, including methadone. While taking methadone, it is also critical that you do not abuse other substances or drink alcohol.

What if I no longer wish to take methadone?

Can I stop or switch to a different medication? Some people might take methadone for a short period of time, while others take it for years. Patients can begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms if they stop using methadone suddenly, which means that if you want to stop taking methadone, you should work with your treatment provider to taper off of it safely. In addition, if you desire to start on a different medication after you taper off of methadone, speak with your treatment provider prior to doing so.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment provided at Springfield Comprehensive Treatment Center is customized to meet the needs of each patient who is obtaining services. Therefore, the cost of treatment can vary based on the method of payment, the medication received, and the services that are incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about the possible cost of care at Springfield Comprehensive Treatment Center, please reach out and contact one of our skilled intake specialists today.