Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe option for opioid addiction treatment. This prescription medication is often used within medication-assisted programs, as it has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Methadone’s proven effectiveness in treating addictions to opioids, such as morphine, heroin, and prescription pain relievers, is demonstrated by its ability to stop drug cravings for continued opioid use and prevent the onset of intense withdrawal symptoms.

If you or someone you care for desires to begin a medication-assisted treatment program that provides methadone as an option for opioid addiction treatment, speak with your provider to decide if this particular medication could be the best form of treatment. Since there exists more than one medication that can be used in medication-assisted treatment programs, it is imperative that you work with your provider to evaluate the costs and benefits of starting a methadone treatment program so that you can be sure that you will obtain the most favorable outcomes.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Methadone is a highly controlled substance, which means that there is potential for abuse and dependency to occur. However, when utilized in a medication-assisted treatment program, certified and experienced professionals can monitor each patient’s use of methadone to ensure that no use is occurring that could promote the development of an addiction. In addition, medication-assisted treatment programs make each patient come to the center to obtain their daily dose of methadone, which reduces the likelihood of an addiction developing.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is instructed to take a drug test while on methadone, he or she will not test positive for having drugs in his or her system, as a special test is required to detect methadone. Should an individual abuse other opioids or substances while on methadone, however, he or she will test positive for those.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

Depending on your own unique needs, you can remain on methadone anywhere from a few months to a few years. The length of time that patients spend on methadone is different for everyone, as it is always based on the specific needs of each individual.

If you or someone you care for is looking into a medication-assisted treatment program that offers the inclusion of methadone, speak with your provider prior to starting on this medication.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If you are consuming any prescription medications for mental or physical health conditions, make your provider aware prior to starting on methadone. Methadone does have the ability to cause negative interactions with some medications, so it is smart to speak with your provider about the medications you are taking to preserve the safety and effectiveness of those medications, as well as the methadone.

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

Some individuals might take methadone for a long period of time, however, that does not mean that you must do the same. Individuals can experience withdrawal symptoms if the use of methadone is stopped suddenly. Therefore, a provider can work with the individual to determine the appropriate dosages needed to help an individual taper off of methadone safely. At this point, if an individual desires to begin a different medication within a medication-assisted treatment program, his or her provider can speak with the individual about the possibility of doing so prior to making this switch.

What is the cost of methadone treatment?

The treatment we provide at Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center is personalized to each and every patient. The services, including the medication provided, the therapy supplied, and the method of payment used, will all determine the final cost of care.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about how much the cost of methadone treatment might cost at Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact one of our intake specialists today.