Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved methadone for use within the treatment of addiction to opioids. When taken, methadone provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts associated with withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. Because methadone will not cause patients to experience disruptions in their cognitive functioning, individuals who are prescribed this medication are able to play productive roles in daily activities such as work and school.

By consulting with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine if methadone is the appropriate medication based upon your unique treatment requirements. There are multiple medications available for patients to utilize within treatment at Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, which is why finding the appropriate fit is imperative to the safety of each patient.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Because methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk of abuse and dependency that comes along with its use. However, when methadone is taken as prescribed within a licensed medication-assisted treatment program, the risk for addiction is extremely low. The medical professionals at Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center work closely alongside patients to monitor the administration of all prescriptions in order to minimize the chances of abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

The use of methadone will not cause an individual to test positive if he or she is required to complete a drug screen during the course of treatment, as a specific test is required in order to indicate the presence of methadone with a person’s system. Patients should be made aware, however, that the use of opioids and other substances would be detected during a drug screen.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient utilizes methadone will be dependent upon his or her individual treatment needs and goals. Methadone use is approved safe for both short and long-term use, which allows individuals to remain on this medication as long as deemed necessary by their treatment providers. By working closely with their treatment team, patients will be able to determine the length of time that methadone will benefit them for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since the use of methadone can negatively interact with other substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications, it is extremely important that patients notify their physician of the use of other substances prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment plan. Patients who are prescribed this medication should refrain from using alcohol, opioids, and/or other illegal substances due to the extremely dangerous interactions that can take place.

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

While the use of methadone is approved safe for long-term use, individuals are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. Patients should closely work with their treatment team in order to safely taper off of their medication should they no longer wish to remain on methadone. The symptoms of withdrawal can take place should the use of methadone suddenly cease. Once methadone is no longer within a patient’s system, he or she can then work with their treatment provider in order to transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free. By working closely with the treatment team at Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, patients are given the opportunity to develop a plan of treatment that meets their unique goals and treatment requirements.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center is tailored based upon the unique requirements of each individual patient who walks through our doors. Because the services utilized can differ between patients, so can the final cost of care.

To learn more about the treatment options available through Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center as well as the cost of care based upon your treatment needs, please contact our intake team today. We are here to help you take the first steps towards lasting recovery.