Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in medication-assisted treatment programs, methadone is a safe and effective prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction. Research has proven that methadone is an effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with addictions to morphine, prescription painkillers, and heroin. When utilized as a part of a comprehensive treatment program, methadone works by lowering intense cravings for additional opioids, while also lessening the severity of withdrawal symptoms once the use of opioids has ceased.

If you or someone you love would benefit from medication-assisted treatment that incorporates medications to overcome an addiction to opioids, please contact San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers to decide if methadone is the appropriate course of action to take. Since there are other options available within a medication assisted treatment program, it is important to work closely with your treatment provider to decide which medication will be the most effective based on your individualized needs so that you are provided with the opportunity to achieve the most positive treatment outcome.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for addiction. However, when utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, the prescription and administration of methadone is closely monitored to ensure that patients receive the appropriate dosage. By closely monitoring the dosages and the frequency in which they are given, the risk for developing a dependency and addiction to methadone is extremely low.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not show up on a standard drug test if an individual is required to take a drug screen during treatment, as a specialized test is required to detect methadone within the system. However, other opioids and substances will produce a positive result if a test is given.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time an individual uses methadone for will vary between patients. Depending on the specific needs of each individual patient, some will remain on methadone long-term while others will utilize it for a shorter period of time. If you or someone you love is considering utilizing methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, it is important to discuss the length of time you can or will be taking methadone with a treatment provider.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

It is extremely important for patients to openly discuss other medications they may be taking with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment regimen due to the possible interactions that may take place. Since methadone can interact with other medications, physicians are able to decide if methadone is the appropriate medication to utilize for each individual patient depending on what other medications they may be taking. It is important to note that the use of opioids, other drugs, and alcohol is not advised while taking methadone due to the dangerous side effects that can take place.

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

While some patients continue to use methadone for long-term maintenance, others only use this medication for a short period of time. Since withdrawal symptoms can take place if methadone use abruptly ceases, it is important for patients to work closely with their treatment provider to safely wean off of the medication. By working with a medical professional within a treatment center, patients are able to taper off of the medication before either transitioning onto a new medication or no longer utilizing medications within their treatment.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Since the treatment available at San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers is modified to meet the requirements of each individual patient, the cost of treatment will vary between patients. The final cost of care will fluctuate depending on the medication used, the specific services utilized within a patient’s treatment plan, and the method of payment.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an opioid addiction and would benefit from the services provided at San Diego Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our dedicated intake experts to learn more about the cost of treatment, as well as the programs available.

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