Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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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 that is a safe and effective treatment option for those struggling with an addiction to opioids. Extensive research has confirmed that methadone is a successful treatment option for individuals battling an addiction to prescription painkillers, morphine, or heroin. When taken as a part of an individual’s comprehensive treatment plan, methadone works by lowering cravings for additional opioids, as well as lessening the painful symptoms often associated with withdrawal once opioid use has ceased.

If you or someone you love would benefit from a treatment program that utilizes methadone, it is important to first discuss the various treatment options available with a medical professional to ensure that the appropriate method of treatment is provided based on your individual needs. As there are multiple prescription medications utilized within a medication assisted treatment program, it is imperative that patients receive the medication that best fits their health background, treatment goals, and personal treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk of abusing and becoming dependent on it. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, however, the risk of addiction is drastically lowered, as patients receive their medication under the close supervision of qualified medical professionals. Patients are also required to receive their methadone at the same center where they are receiving treatment, which controls the frequency of each dose and minimizes the risk for abuse.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not cause a patient to test positive should they be required to complete a drug screen. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system. A drug screen will however, detect opioids or other substances within a person’s system, which is why patients should refrain from drug use during treatment.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

Some patients remain on methadone for a long time, while others only utilize it for a short period of time. The length of time in which you will remain on methadone for will vary depending on your individual needs, current status of health, and treatment goals. By discussing your treatment plan with your physician, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the length of time in which using methadone is needed.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone does have the ability to interact with other medications, it is important to openly discuss your use of other medications with your physician prior to incorporating methadone into your treatment regimen. It is also important for patients to refrain from the use of alcohol, opioids, and other substances while on methadone due to the dangerous interactions that can take place.

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

Since withdrawal symptoms can arise should the use of methadone suddenly cease, it is important that patients work closely with their physicians to safely wean off of the medication if they decide to transition onto another medication or stop methadone use all together. While some patients will continue taking methadone for long-term maintenance, other patients will only utilize it short-term. By working closely with their treatment team, patients will be able to transition onto a different medication or reduce their dosage if it is desired or necessary.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment offered at Spokane Comprehensive Treatment Center is extremely individualized to ensure that each patient receives the highest quality of care possible to meet their personal treatment requirements. The medication prescribed, the other services utilized, and the method of payment used can all alter the final cost of care.

If you or someone you love would benefit from the treatment options available at Spokane Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact our dedicated team of intake experts today.