Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe option for treating opioid addiction. This prescription medication is often utilized within medication assisted treatment programs, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its use after an extensive amount of research determined that it is highly effective in ending addictions to substances like morphine, heroin, and prescription painkillers. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, methadone is able to stop cravings for substance abuse and lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms that develop once an individual stops abusing his or her opioid of choice.

If you or someone you care for wants to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of methadone to defeat an addiction, you must first speak with a treatment provider who can help you determine if this medication is appropriate for you or your loved one. There are a number of other medications that can be utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, so it is imperative to let a treatment provider help when determining if this type of treatment regimen will be the most beneficial for you or your loved one.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Yes. Methadone is a controlled substance, which means that it holds potential for abuse and dependency. However, when utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, skilled professionals are able to watch and supervise each patient’s methadone use to prevent him or her from developing a dependency. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs make it so that patients must come to the center to obtain their methadone, which decreases the amount and frequency that it is administered, lessening the chances for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is made to complete a drug screen while on methadone, his or her methadone use will not be detected. Drug screenings will detect other opioids or substances if they are being abused. However, it requires a specific type of drug screen to pick up traces of methadone.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The period of time that a person will remain on methadone will be determined based on his or her treatment needs. People consume methadone for varying amounts of time, including for short-term treatment and long-term maintenance.

If you or someone you care for is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that involves the use of methadone, it is important to talk about the length of time you might spend on this medication.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

It is always important to keep one’s treatment provider abreast of all prescription medications that are being consumed before starting on methadone. Methadone can negatively interact with other medications, which is why it is smart to speak with a provider to secure the safety and effectiveness of both the methadone and the other prescriptions being consumed. Using other opioids, drugs, or alcohol at the same time as methadone can be dangerous and is therefore not recommended.

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

While some people might continue to take methadone for a long period of time, that does not mean that everyone must follow suit. Because an individual can develop withdrawal symptoms if methadone is stopped suddenly, it is important to work with a treatment provider to determine the necessary dosages required to help an individual safely wean off of methadone. In addition, if an individual desires to utilize a different medication within a program such as this, it is important to speak to one’s provider prior to doing so.

What is the cost of methadone treatment?

The treatment that we provide at Boston Comprehensive Treatment Centers is customized to meet the needs of the individuals who are obtaining our care. Therefore, the cost of treatment can vary from patient to patient based on the medication that is obtained, the services that are provided, and the method of payment being used.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about how much Boston Comprehensive Treatment Centers treatment plans cost, please contact one of our intake specialists right now.

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