Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication that is frequently used to treat opioid dependence.  Research concluded that the use of methadone is extremely safe especially when used within a medication assisted treatment program. Methadone has been used to help aid individuals in recovery from an addiction to morphine and heroin, as well as an addiction to prescription painkillers. Methadone works by averting an individual’s opioid cravings while simultaneously decreasing the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.

In order to receive medication through a medication assisted treatment program, you (or someone struggling with opioid addiction) must first discuss this route with a treatment provider. The use of methadone is not suitable for every treatment plan, so all medication options must be reviewed in order to start on the most appropriate path towards a successful recovery.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

As with other controlled substances, there is a risk of becoming dependent on methadone. By working under the supervision of qualified professionals in a medication assisted treatment program setting, your risk for developing a chemical dependency to methadone is reduced. Methadone is dispensed at the center where the individual is treated so that the dosage is controlled, which minimizes the risk of abusing the drug.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

A positive result will not show up if a drug screen is required while taking methadone. A positive result is produced if the individual has opioids or other substances in his or her system, but a specific type of drug test would be required in order to detect methadone within the system.

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How long will I need to be on methadone?

Since every individual and his or her path to recovery is different, the length of time required to be on methadone will vary. If the route of a medication assisted treatment program that includes methadone is under consideration, it is important to discuss the period of time that will be required to be on methadone with your treatment provider.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone can interact with other medications, it is imperative that you openly communicate about other medications that you may be on with your physician prior to starting to incorporate methadone into your treatment. It is also important to note that using other narcotics, alcohol, and opioids while on methadone is not recommended.

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

Since withdrawal symptoms can occur if methadone use is suddenly halted, it is important that individuals gradually wean off of methadone under the watchful supervision of a trained professional. The length at which each individual uses methadone varies from patient to patient. While working with a medication assisted treatment program, other medication options may be available that more closely fit the requirements of each individual. Openly communicating concerns or questions about the length of time required to be on methadone is necessary between the patient and his or her treatment professional. Each treatment plan and each individual is different, so the required length of methadone consumption will be different as well.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Treatment at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the cost to obtain treatment varies from patient to patient. Payment method, services required, and the specific medication received can all play a part in the final cost of treatment. Please feel free to contact one of our dedicated intake experts to learn more about Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers. We look forward to speaking with you.

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