Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a safe option for treating dependence upon opioids such as prescription painkillers, morphine, and heroin. When prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, methadone provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while also eliminating cravings for continued opioid use.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids and would like to take part in a medication assisted treatment program that utilizes methadone, consulting with your physician in order to determine if methadone is the appropriate treatment option for you can be the first step in overcoming your addiction. Since there are other medications that can be prescribed within treatment, it is important to find the most appropriate fit based on your individual needs and treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for abuse to occur and dependency to develop. When used within a medication assisted treatment program, however, the risk for abuse is extremely low. Within treatment, patients are closely monitored by medical professionals to ensure that the dosage of methadone is being administered appropriately for each individual patient. Medication assisted treatment programs require that individuals receive their methadone at the same center where their treatment is being received, which eliminates opportunities for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not cause an individual to test positive on a drug screen should a drug test be required during the course of treatment because a specialized test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within the system. Drug screenings will, however, produce a positive result should a patient abuse opioids or other substances during treatment.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that patients will be required to remain on methadone will be dependent upon their individual needs. While some patients only utilize methadone for a short period of time, others will continue taking methadone long-term. By working closely with your physician, you will be able to determine the length of time in which you will be required to take methadone based on your needs.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Because methadone does have the ability to interact with other medications, it is extremely important to make your physician aware of any other medications that you are taking prior to incorporating methadone into your treatment plan. The use of opioids, other substances, and alcohol is not recommended when taking methadone.

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

Although some patients will continue taking methadone long-term, it is not required that patients continue on methadone for long-term maintenance. Since withdrawal symptoms are known to take place should the use of methadone suddenly cease, it is important that patients work closely with their treatment teams in order to safely wean off of methadone should they wish to stop use. The team of professionals at Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers works closely with patients in order to determine what the appropriate treatment plan is based on their goals and needs.

What is the cost of methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers is customized to meet the needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care will vary based on the services that are received, the method of payment being used, and the medication that is utilized.

Please contact one of our dedicated intake coordinators to learn more about the treatment available through Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers if you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids.

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