Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use within medication assisted treatment programs, methadone is an extremely safe and effective option for treating opioid addictions. Extensive research has found that individuals struggling with an addiction to morphine, heroin, and prescription painkillers find the use of methadone to be extremely helpful within their treatment. When prescribed within a comprehensive treatment program, methadone helps patients by decreasing the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal and curbing cravings for additional opioids.

If you or someone you love is struggling and addiction to opioids, please contact Madison Comprehensive Treatment Centers today to speak with one of our treatment providers to determine if methadone is the appropriate treatment option based on your individual needs. Since there are other medication options available within our medication assisted treatment program, it is important to closely work with one of our qualified medical staff in order to decide which treatment regimen would provide you with the most ideal treatment outcome.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is considered a controlled substance, there is a risk for both abuse and dependency. When prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program, however, the highly qualified and trained medical staff closely monitors the administration of methadone. Medication assisted treatment programs require patients to receive their methadone at the same center where treatment is being provided, which also minimizes the risk for abuse since the dosage and administration frequency is closely monitored.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not cause an individual to test positive should a drug screen be required during treatment. While other substances, such as opioids, will cause a positive result to take place, a specific test is required to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

While some patients only utilize methadone for a short period of time, others will continue taking it long-term. The length of time in which a patient remains on methadone for will vary between patients depending on their specific needs.

By discussing your treatment with a medical professional prior to beginning a medication assisted treatment program, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the length of time in which you will be prescribed methadone based on your individual needs.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone does have the ability to negatively interact with other medications, it is extremely important for patients to openly discuss any other medications that they may be taking with their physician prior to beginning a methadone regimen. It is also important for patients to understand that the use of opioids, other substances, and alcohol should be avoided while taking methadone.

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

Since withdrawal symptoms can take place if the use of methadone suddenly ceases, it is important for patients to work closely with their treatment team in order to safely wean off of the medication. If a patient decides to receive a different medication within treatment, it is also important for him or her to work closely with his or her physician in order to determine an appropriate medication and safely transition him or her onto it rather than abruptly stopping the use of methadone.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Since treatment provided by Madison Comprehensive Treatment Centers are extremely individualized based on the specific needs and treatment requirements of each patient who walks through our doors, the cost of treatment will vary patient to patient. The final cost of care can be impacted by the medication prescribed, the additional services utilized, as well as the method of payment.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids and would benefit from the individualized comprehensive treatment provided by Madison Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact our qualified intake experts to learn more.