Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction, methadone is a prescription medication that is both safe and effective in aiding patients in overcoming an addiction to substances such as morphine, heroin, and prescription painkillers. When prescribed within a medication treatment program, methadone lowers cravings for additional opioids and decreases the symptoms of withdrawal that often take place once opioid use has ceased.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids and would benefit from the treatment offered within a medication assisted treatment program, please contact a West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Center to learn if the methadone is appropriate based on your specific treatment needs. Since there are other medication options available within medication assisted treatment programs, it is important to work closely with medical professionals in order to determine which treatment option will provide you with the most positive outcome.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for abuse. However, when taken within a medication assisted treatment program under the guidance of medical professionals, patients are monitored closely to ensure that the appropriate dosages are administered to avoid the risk of abuse. Medication assisted treatment programs require that patients obtain their methadone from the center where treatment is being received, which limits the dosage and frequency in which methadone is taken in order to minimize the risk for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

The use of methadone will not cause an individual to test positive on a drug screen unless a specific drug test is used to detect methadone within a person’s system. However, if a patient utilizes opioids or other substances, a positive result will show up on a drug screen.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time in which patients remain on methadone will vary depending on the specific needs of each individual patient. While some individuals only take methadone for a short period of time, others continue to take this medication for a longer period of time. If you or someone you love is considering incorporating methadone into your medication assisted treatment, the medical professionals at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers can provide you with a better idea of how long you will need to take methadone based on your individual needs.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone can negatively interact with other medications, it is important for patients to openly discuss their use of other medications with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment regimen. It is also important for patients to understand that the use of opioids, other drugs, and alcohol is not recommended when taking methadone due to the serious adverse 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 methadone for long-term maintenance, others only take it for a short period of time. Since withdrawal symptoms can take place if the use of methadone suddenly ceases, it is important for patients to work closely with their treatment provider to safely wean off of methadone in order to avoid any negative withdrawal symptoms. If a patient wishes to switch medications during treatment, his or her treatment provider can discuss this possibility prior to committing to a new type of medication.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Since the treatment available through West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is extremely individualized based on the needs of each specific patient, the cost of treatment will vary. The medication prescribed and the specific services used within each patient’s treatment plan, as well as the method of payment used can all affect the final cost of treatment.

If you or someone you love would benefit from the treatment available at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please contact one of our dedicated intake experts today to learn more about the cost of care and the treatment options available.