Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe option for the treatment of opioid addiction. This prescription medication is frequently used in medication assisted treatment programs, and receive U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval after research proved that it is highly effective in helping individuals recover from addictions to substances like heroin, prescription painkillers, and morphine. When included into a patient’s comprehensive treatment plan, Methadone can stop disruptive drug cravings, as well as lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms that often develop once an opioid is no longer being abused.

If you or someone you care for is in need of medication assisted treatment that uses methadone to help treat an opioid addiction, speak with your provider to help decide if this medication is the most appropriate for you or your loved one. There are various types of medication options within a medication assisted treatment program, so be sure to talk with your provider to weigh out the costs and benefits of starting a Methadone regimen.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Yes. Methadone is a controlled substance, which means that there is potential for it to be abused. However, when you are taking Methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, licensed professionals can watch each individual’s use of methadone to ensure that it is not being misused. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs make patients come to the center daily to obtain their dose of Methadone, which dramatically decreases the chance of abuse.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is made to take a drug test while taking Methadone, he or she will not test positive for the drug, as it takes a specialized test to detect it. However, if an individual is using other opioids or substances, his or her test will come back positive.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The period of time that an individual takes Methadone will depend solely on his or her treatment needs. Some individuals only take Methadone for a little while, while others use it for long-term purposes.

If you or someone you love is looking into medication assisted treatment that uses Methadone, it is important to speak to a provider about the length of time that you or your loved one might remain on Methadone.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Inform your provider if you are taking any medications for physical or psychological reasons. Methadone has potential to create negative interactions when combined with other medication, therefore it is imperative that you remain open and honest with your provider about all the medications you are taking. In doing so, you can preserve the safety and effectiveness of all of your medications, including Methadone. Please keep in mind that using opioids, other 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 individuals take Methadone for longer periods of time than others, however, that does not mean that you will need to stay on Methadone for your entire life. Each patient can go through withdrawal symptoms if Methadone is suddenly stopped. A provider within a medication assisted treatment program can work with a patient to administer the appropriate dosages to help him or her properly taper off of Methadone. In addition, if a patient chooses to begin a new medication within the program, his or her treatment providers can talk about this possibility.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment provided at Temecula Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center is deeply personalized to meet the needs of each and every patient who obtains our services. As a result, the price of care can vary based on the medication that is received, the services that are rendered, and the form of payment.

If you or someone you love is looking into learn more about the cost of care at Temecula Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact one of our caring intake specialists today.