Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone, a prescription medication that is approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in opioid addiction treatment programs, is effective in helping individuals recover from addictions to morphine, heroin, and prescription pain medications. With a great deal of research backing its safety and effectiveness, Methadone is capable of stopping the onset of withdrawal symptoms and cravings for continued opioid use that develop when an individual stops abusing these substances.

If you or someone you care for wants to obtain medication assisted treatment that includes the use of medications to defeat an opioid addiction, you must speak with a provider to determine if Methadone is the best form of treatment for you or your loved one. There are other medication options out there that might be more appropriate for you, which is why it is imperative to work with a provider to go over the pros and cons prior to starting a Methadone treatment regimen.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Methadone is a controlled substance, which means that it holds potential for abuse. However, when participating in a medication assisted treatment program, you are working with professionals who will monitor your progress so as to prevent the risk for addiction. In addition, a medication assisted treatment program will require you to obtain Methadone at the center on a daily basis, so the risk for abuse leading to addiction is minimal.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

If you are made to take a drug screening while on Methadone, you will not cause the test to turn positive, as only specific drug tests that are not commonly used are able to detect Methadone. However, you can yield a positive drug test if you are taking other opioids.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

Your needs will determine the length of time that you spend taking Methadone. Some individuals take it for longer periods of time than others.

If you or someone you care about is looking into a medication assisted treatment program that offers Methadone, speak with your provider about how long you might be taking this medication.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is consuming any prescription medications for physical or psychological conditions, it is imperative for that person to tell his or her provider about such medications prior to starting on Methadone. Methadone can cause negative interactions with other medications, which is why it is also smart to talk with your provider so that you can protect the safety and effectiveness of the medications you are taking. In addition, the use of other opioids, drugs, or alcohol is not recommended while taking Methadone.

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

Some people might take Methadone for a long period of time, while others might only take it for a short while. However, each person who is taking this medication does not have to take it forever. Since an individual can develop withdrawal symptoms if his or her Methadone use suddenly ceases, it is important to go through the process of tapering off of methadone with a treatment provider who can monitor the dosages needed to do so. From there, if an individual choose to remain medication-free or switch to another medication, his or her provider can help discuss these options prior to altering one’s treatment plan.

What is the cost of Methadone treatment?

The treatment provided at Wichita Comprehensive Treatment Center is uniquely customized to meet the needs of each patient. Therefore, the cost of care can vary based on the medication that is obtained, the types of services that are incorporated into a treatment plan, and the method of payment.

If you or someone you love wants to learn more about the cost of care at Wichita Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact one of our intake specialists right now.