Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe option for treating opioid addiction, and it is frequently used within medication assisted treatment programs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this medication after a tremendous amount of research determined that it is effective in helping those addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers recover from their addictions. When used within a comprehensive treatment program, methadone is able to prevent overpowering cravings for the continued use of opioids, as well as decrease the intensity of withdrawal symptoms that develop once an individual stops abusing these substances.

If you or someone you love wants to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of medications that can help defeat opioid addiction, you must speak with your provider to determine if methadone is the best medication for you or your loved one’s needs. There are other medication options that can be provided within medication assisted treatment programs, which is why it is important to work with a provider to determine if methadone is the appropriate form of care for you.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, it can lead to an addiction if it is used outside of prescribed parameters. However, when it is utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, skilled and educated professionals continually monitor each patient’s use of this medication to help prevent an addiction from developing. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs require patients to come to the center daily to obtain their dosage, thus reducing the likelihood of misuse amongst patients.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is made to take a drug screen while on methadone, his or her use will not be detected. However, a drug screen will pick up other substances that are present within a person’s system. Generally speaking, it takes a specialized test to detect methadone in the body.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time that you remain on methadone will be a decision that both you and your provider will make together, as it depends on your treatment needs. While some people use methadone for a short period of time, others use it for much longer.

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

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is consuming prescription medications for mental health or medical reasons, it is imperative that he or she lets his or her provider know of these medications before starting on methadone. Methadone can trigger dangerous interactions when mixed with other substances, therefore it is critical to speak with a provider regarding the use of multiple medications while on methadone to preserve the safety and effectiveness of not only the methadone, but the other medications that a person taking as well. In addition, while on methadone, it is important to not take any other opioids or drink alcohol, as doing so can cause negative interactions.

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

Some people stay on methadone for a long period of time, however that does not mean that you have to. Since an individual can develop withdrawal symptoms and cravings when the use of methadone suddenly stops, it is important to allow your provider to help you decide the appropriate dosages needed to taper off safely. In addition, if an individual wants to obtain a different medication within a medication assisted treatment program, his or her provider can help make this possible as well.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment provided at Northeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers is extremely personalized to meet the needs of each patient who obtains our care. The cost of treatment can impacted by the services rendered, the medication received, and the method of payment.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about the treatment at Northeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our intake specialists right now.