Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a prescription medication given to individuals struggling with addictions to opioids. Extensive research has confirmed methadone’s safety and effectiveness in treating addictions to opioids such as morphine, heroin, and prescription painkillers. When utilized within a comprehensive treatment program, methadone works by providing patients with relief from opioid cravings while also lowering the symptoms that are often associated with withdrawal.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids, please contact Claymont Comprehensive Treatment Center today to learn more about our medication assisted treatment program and how methadone can help you defeat your addiction to opioids. However, since there are other medications available within our program, it is important for patients to learn about all treatment options prior to beginning treatment to ensure the most appropriate medication is utilized.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a possibility of becoming addicted to it. However, when utilized within a medication assisted treatment program under the supervision of a medical professional, the chances of abuse and dependency are minimized. Since medication assisted treatment requires that patients receive their methadone at the center where treatment is being provided, dosages are controlled which additionally minimizes the risk for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not cause patients to test positive should a drug screen be required during treatment, as a specific type of drug test is required in order to detect methadone within a person’s system. However, a positive result will take place should an individual use opioids or other substances.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time in which a patient continues methadone will vary pending the specific needs and treatment requirements of each individual patient. While some patients will only remain on methadone for a short period of time, others may continue long-term. If you or someone you love is considering utilizing methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, it is important to speak with your physician regarding the length of time in which you would remain on methadone for in order to gain a better understanding of your personalized treatment plan.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone does interact with other medications, it is important to speak with your physician prior to incorporating methadone into your treatment in order to discuss any medications that are being taken to avoid adverse side effects from taking place. It is also important for patients to understand that the use of opioids, other drugs, and alcohol are not recommended while taking methadone due to the dangerous side effects that can occur.

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

While some patients continue taking methadone long-term, others will only utilize the prescription for a short period of time. Since patients can experience withdrawal symptoms if the use of methadone suddenly ceases, it is important for individuals to work with their treatment team in order to safely wean off of the medication to avoid any harmful and uncomfortable side effects from taking place. Should an individual wish to switch medications during treatment, Claymont Comprehensive Treatment Center’s highly trained medical team can work with patients to safely transition onto a different medication or treatment option to ensure a positive treatment outcome.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Since treatment at Claymont Comprehensive Treatment Center varies patient to patient, the cost of treatment will vary as well. The medication prescribed, other services utilized, as well as the method of payment used can all cause the final cost of treatment to fluctuate between patients.

If you or someone you love is interested in learning more about methadone, as well as the other treatment options available through Claymont Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact our dedicated team today.

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