Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

A safe option for the treatment of an opioid addiction, methadone is a prescription medication that is used within medication assisted treatment programs. Since receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone has been helping individuals recover from addictions to opioids such as prescription painkillers, heroin, and morphine. When incorporated into an individual’s personalized treatment plan, methadone can stop the onset of withdrawal symptoms that accompany the cessation of abuse, as well as troublesome drug cravings.

If you or someone you love is interested in obtaining medication assisted treatment to help put an end to an opioid addiction, speak with a knowledgeable treatment provider who can help determine if methadone is the right type of care for you. There are other medications that can help in the treatment of opioid addiction, so it is up to a treatment provider to help look at all angles of care so that you or your loved one can obtain the most positive treatment outcomes.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Yes, methadone is a controlled substance; therefore there is a possibility of abuse and dependency. However, when used within the secure environment of a medication assisted treatment program, experienced and educated professionals can offer supervision of each patient’s use to help avoid the development of a dependency issue. In addition, medication assisted treatment programs make patients come to the center daily to obtain their medication so that the risk of abuse remains low.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

If an individual is required to take a drug screen while using methadone, this medication will not cause him or her to yield a positive result. Standard drug screens can detect the presence of commonly abused substances, however it takes a specialized test to detect methadone.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The period of time that an individual will remain on methadone will depend on his or her needs. Some individuals only take methadone for a little while, while others take it for years.

If you or someone you love is considering medication assisted treatment that provides methadone, it is important to talk about the possible length of time that you might take this medication.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

If an individual is taking other medications for physical or psychological purposes, it is imperative that he or she discloses those medications to his or her treatment provider prior to starting a methadone treatment regimen. Methadone can interact negatively with other medications, so it is important to disclose any medications being taken to ensure taking methadone will be safe and effective. In addition, it is not recommended for individuals to take other opioids, substances, or alcohol while on methadone.

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

Some individuals continue to take methadone for a long period of time, however that does not mean that every patient has to do the same. Since withdrawal symptoms can develop when methadone is suddenly stopped, it is important that those who wish to taper off of methadone do so safely and under the supervision of a professional within a medication assisted treatment program. In addition, should an individual choose to switch to another medication instead of methadone, he or she can speak with his or her treatment provider to discuss this possibility.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Treatment provided at East Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Centers is personalized to each patient’s unique needs. As a result, the cost of care can vary. In many cases, cost is determined by the services that a patient receives, the medication that is being taken, and the method of payment.

If you or someone you care for wants to obtain more information about the cost of treatment at East Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Centers, contact one of our compassionate intake specialists today.

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