Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a prescription medication that is prescribed to individuals struggling with an addiction to opioids. Research has shown that methadone is safe and effective for patients to take if they are battling an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers. Methadone aids in lowering opioid cravings, while also decreasing the symptoms that can take place during withdrawal.

If you or someone you love would benefit from a medication assisted treatment program that uses prescription medications to aid in recovery, please contact Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers today to discuss our treatment options and the possibility of incorporating methadone into your treatment regimen. Since there are other medication options available within our medication assisted treatment program, it is important to discuss all options with one of our qualified healthcare providers so that we can provide you with the appropriate course of treatment to meet your needs.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance there is a risk for both abuse and dependency. When working with the medical professionals within a medication assisted treatment program, however, patients are given specific dosages to avoid the risk for abuse. Medication assisted treatment programs also require patients to receive their methadone at the specific center where their treatment is being provided. When the dosages and frequency of doses are under medical control, the risk of patients becoming addicted is minimized.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not create a positive result on a drug screen. If a patient is using opioids or other substances when a drug screen is required, however, a positive result will be detected. A specific type of test is required in order to detect methadone within the system.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient uses methadone varies depending on the specific needs of each individual. While some patients only take methadone for a short time, other patients will continue using methadone for a longer period of time.

If you or someone you love is considering the use of methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, please speak with one of our medical professionals to discuss the potential length of time that methadone will be used for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since adverse effects can take place from the interaction of methadone and other medications, it is important for patients to openly discuss the use of other medications with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their medication assisted treatment program. Patients must also realize that the use of other drugs, alcohol, or opioids is not recommended when methadone is being used due to the serious health consequences that can take place.

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

Since withdrawal symptoms can take place should a patient abruptly cease the use of methadone, it is important to work with a treatment provider to safely wean off of methadone to avoid any withdrawal symptoms. While some patients take methadone long term, other patients only utilize it for a short period of time. The length of use varies from patient to patient depending on their specific requirements. If a patient wishes to change medications during their time in a medication assisted treatment program, they can discuss various treatment options with their treatment provider in order to ensure the best fit is achieved to accomplish long-term recovery.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Since Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with individualized treatment plans to meet their specific requirements, the cost of treatment will vary patient to patient. The specific medication used, the other services utilized within treatment, and the payment method used can all cause the cost of treatment to vary.

If you or someone you love would benefit from the services provided at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our intake experts to learn more about our services, as well as the cost of treatment. We look forward to speaking with you.