Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe form of opioid addiction treatment. This prescription medication is often used within medication assisted treatment programs, as it has been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after an extensive amount of research proved its effectiveness in treating opioid addiction. When included into an individual’s overall treatment plan, methadone is able to curb cravings for continued use of opioids, such as heroin, prescription pain medications, or morphine, as well as diminish the pain of withdrawal symptoms that tend to develop once an individual stops abusing opioids.

If you or someone you care for is looking into medication assisted treatment that includes the use of medications to defeat an opioid addiction, a conversation must be had with a healthcare professional to decide if methadone is the correct medication for you or your loved one. There are additional treatment options available that can be supplied through medication assisted treatment programs, therefore, it is imperative to work with a healthcare professional to determine the pros and cons of starting on a program that includes the use of this medication.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a possibility for an individual to become addicted to it if he or she abuses it. However, when used within a medication assisted treatment program, skilled and educated professionals can watch each patient’s use of this medication to help prevent him or her from becoming dependent on it. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs require all patients to come to the center to obtain their daily dose of methadone, which is highly effective in alleviating the risk for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If a patient is asked to take a drug test while using methadone, he or she will not test positive for this medication, as it takes a specific kind of test to detect this medication. Most drug screenings will detect other substances and opioids if they are being abused.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The period of time that you will use methadone will depend solely on your specific needs. Some individuals only take methadone for a short period of time, while others use it long-term.

If you or someone you care for is looking into obtaining medication assisted treatment that includes the use of methadone, speak with a healthcare professional to get a better idea of the possible length of time that you may be on it.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is taking other prescription medications for physical or psychological reasons, it is imperative that his or her doctor is aware of these medications before the individual starts on a methadone program. Methadone harbors the potential to cause negative interactions with other medications. For this reason, it is always smart to speak with a doctor regarding the use of all medications to protect the safety and effectiveness of each of them. In addition, while on methadone, it is important to abstain from alcohol use and the use of other opioids or substances.

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

Some individuals continue to take methadone for a long period of time, however, that does not mean that a patient must take it long-term. Because an individual can experience withdrawal symptoms if his or her methadone use stops suddenly, a treatment provider at a medication assisted treatment program can help him or her properly wean off of methadone through the appropriate lowering of dosages. In addition, if an individual chooses to obtain a different medication within a medication assisted treatment program, he or she can speak about this with his or her treatment provider prior to starting on a new medication.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment we supply at Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers is customized to meet the needs of each patient. Therefore, we offer different services to each patient who comes through our doors. Also, the medication obtained and the method of payment can attribute the final costs of care.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about medication assisted treatment at Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers and how much it might cost, please contact one of our intake specialists right now.

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