Methadone FAQs

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a prescription medication given to treat opioid addiction within a medication assisted treatment program. Methadone has been extensively studied under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure its safety and effectiveness for individuals struggling with an addiction to morphine, heroin, or prescription painkillers. When utilized within a comprehensive treatment program, methadone aids in the physical symptoms associated with withdrawal. By lowering cravings for additional opioid use, as well as lessening the withdrawal symptoms that take place once opioid use has ceased, individuals are able to focus on the emotional component of recovery.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an opioid addiction and would like to learn more about the use of methadone within a medication assisted treatment program, please contact the dedicated team at Seattle Comprehensive Treatment Centers. Since other medication options are available, it is important to openly discuss treatment options with one of our healthcare providers in order to determine which route would provide you with the most effective outcome.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is risk involved for abuse and dependence. However, when methadone is used within a medication assisted treatment program under the guidance of healthcare professionals, great care is taken to ensure the correct dosage amounts are given to reduce the risks for abuse and dependence. Since medication assisted treatment programs require patients obtain their prescription for methadone at the center where treatment is given, healthcare professionals are able to closely monitor both the frequency and dosages given, which also lowers any risk for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not cause an individual to test positive for drugs in their system, as a specific type of test is required in order to detect methadone within a person’s system. However, if an individual is using opioids or other substances when a drug screen is required, a positive result will take place.

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How long will I need to be on methadone?

While some patients are prescribed methadone for a short period of time, others continue to use it long-term. The length of time that an individual takes methadone will vary patient to patient depending on the individual needs and treatment requirements. By discussing your specific needs with your treatment provider, you will be able to gain a better understanding of how long you will need to use methadone.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone can interact with other medications, it is important to openly discuss any additional prescriptions or medications you are on with your physician prior to incorporating methadone into your treatment regimen. It is important to avoid the use of opioids, alcohol, and other substances while on methadone due to the adverse reactions that can take place.

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

Since suddenly ceasing the use of methadone can cause individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms, it is important for patients to work with their treatment provider to wean off of methadone in a safe manner. While some patients take methadone long-term, others only utilize it for a shorter period of time. If an individual wishes to switch medications during their treatment program, the medical staff at Seattle Comprehensive Treatment Centers can work with him or her on an individualized basis to discuss transitioning into a new treatment regimen in a safe manner.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available at Seattle Comprehensive Treatment Centers varies patient to patient. Because of the individualized treatment available, the cost to receive treatment will vary depending on the medication given and the services utilized within treatment, as well as the type of payment used.

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