Methadone FAQ

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a prescription medication that is viewed as a safe option for treating opioid addiction. Often used within medication assisted treatment programs, methadone was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after an extensive amount of research found that it is highly effective in helping individuals recover from addictions to painkillers and heroin. When consumed while taking part in a comprehensive treatment program, methadone is effective in stopping the onset of withdrawal symptoms that emerge upon the cessation of opioid abuse, as well as tempting cravings for continued use.

If you or someone you care for wants to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of methadone to help defeat an opioid addiction, you must speak with your provider to determine if this medication is appropriate for you or your loved one. There are a variety of medication assisted treatment options available, so it is critical that you work with your treatment provider to balance the pros and cons of treatment with methadone prior in order to ensure you obtain the most effective outcomes.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Methadone is a controlled substance, which means that there is potential for it to become addictive and for individuals to become tolerant of it. However, when this medication is used within a medication assisted treatment program, certified and skilled professionals are able to closely supervise each patient’s use of this medication to prevent it from causing additional addiction-related concerns. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs require their patients to come to the centers daily so that the amount and the frequency of this medication can be controlled, thus decreasing the likelihood of abuse.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is made to complete a drug test while on methadone, his or her use will not be detected. Drug tests will detect other opioids or substances that a patient is abusing, however, unless you are taking a specific drug test that can detect methadone, your use will go unnoticed.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

You will continue to use methadone for as little or as long as you need, as this will all be dependent on your individual treatment needs. Some individuals will only take methadone for a little while, while others use it for much longer.

If you or someone you care for is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that includes the use of methadone, speak with your provider in regards to how long this medication might be consumed for.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. If you are taking any prescription medications for mental or physical purposes, it is imperative that you let your provider know before starting on methadone. Methadone can cause negative reactions when combined with specific medications, therefore it is smart to speak with your provider about all the medications you are consuming to preserve the safety and effectiveness of those medications and the methadone. In addition, while taking methadone, do not use other opioids, other drugs, or drink alcohol.

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

While some individuals will continue taking methadone for long periods of time, every individual who consumes this medication does not have to do the same. Since you can develop withdrawal symptoms if your methadone use stops suddenly, your provider can help administer smaller doses until the methadone is out of your system entirely. In addition, if you decide to then start taking a different medication, your provider within a medication assisted treatment program can talk this through with you prior to starting on a new program.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment that is supplied at Beloit Comprehensive Treatment Center is uniquely personalized to meet the needs of each person who is obtaining services from us. Therefore, the cost of care can vary based on the services rendered, the method of payment, and the medication received.

If you or someone you love wants more information about the cost of care at Beloit Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact one of our skilled intake specialists right now.