Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is considered the safest option for the treatment of opioid addiction. This prescription medication is used in medication assisted treatment programs, and have even received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Extensive research has shown that the use of methadone is effective in helping individuals recover from morphine, heroin, and prescription painkiller addictions. When taken as part of a medication assisted treatment program, methadone can stop cravings and withdrawal symptoms once an individual stops abusing opioids.

If you or someone you love desires to participate in medication assisted treatment that uses methadone, speak with your treatment provider to decide if methadone is the correct form of care for you or your loved one. Know that there are additional options of care when it comes to medication assisted treatment, so it is critical that you and your provider work to determine if methadone is the appropriate treatment for you.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

As a controlled substance, methadone is a medication that holds a risk for abuse and dependency. Within the safety of a medication assisted treatment program, however, individuals will be paired with experienced and educated professionals who will offer supervision and monitoring of his or her methadone use. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs make it so individuals must come to the center to obtain their daily dose of methadone, which helps reduce the likelihood of abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is made to take a drug screen while on methadone, he or she will not test positive, unless he or she is abusing other opioids or additional substances. Some specialized tests can detect methadone, but they are uncommon.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The period of time that an individual will continue to use methadone will depend on his or her own personal needs. While some individuals only take methadone for a short period of time, others use it much longer.

If you or someone you love is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that utilizes methadone, talk with your provider about how long you or your loved one might be taking this medication.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

An individual should always inform his or her doctor if he or she is taking other medications for any physical or psychological reasons prior to taking methadone. Methadone can negatively interact with other medications, therefore it is important that an individual talks about what medications he or she is taking to help encourage safety and effectiveness while taking methadone. In addition, it is critical to abstain from using other opioids and drugs or alcohol while on methadone.

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

Some individuals choose to take methadone for a long period of time, however each individual is different and might not require this medication for the long-term. If methadone is stopped suddenly, withdrawal symptoms can manifest. Therefore, if an individual chooses to stop this medication, it is important to do so under the watchful eye of a professional. Should an individual choose to switch to a different medication, his or her provider can discuss this possibility prior to starting a new medication.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment we provide at Medford Comprehensive Treatment Center is incredibly personalized. Each individual has specific needs, meaning that treatment plans vary. The cost will be determined based on those needs, what services an individual receives, the method of payment, and more.

If you or someone you care about is looking into treatment at Medford Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact an intake expert today for more information.

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