Methadone FAQs

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription medication that is used in medication assisted treatment programs. Methadone is a safe and effective option for treating opioid dependence when used within a medication assisted treatment program. Methadone prevents cravings for additional opioids, as well as decreasing the uncomfortable symptoms that can accompany withdrawal.

Since there are other medication options available within a medication assisted treatment program, it is important to openly discuss your options with a treatment provider. By looking at the pros and cons of each medication option, you will be able to decide if incorporating methadone into your treatment plan makes the most sense for your treatment goals.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is considered to be a controlled substance, there is the potential for abuse and dependency. When used within a medication assisted treatment program under the guidance of medical professionals, individuals are at a decreased risk for developing an addiction to methadone. Methadone dosages are closely monitored for each patient and individuals are required to receive their methadone at their specific treatment center. Because of this, the dosage amounts as well as the frequency of distribution are closely monitored and controlled, which can significantly reduce the likelihood of abuse.

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Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Drug screenings will yield a positive result if an individual has opioids or other substances within their system. However, a specific type of drug test must be used in order to detect methadone within the system. Therefore, methadone will not produce a positive result if an individual is required to take a drug test while taking methadone.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

Since every patient has an individualized treatment plan, the length of time required to be on a methadone treatment regimen will vary as well. While some patients take methadone short-term, others take it for a prolonged period of time. By discussing your treatment options with the professional staff at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our medical team will be able to review what option is best for you.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone can interact with other medications, it is important to openly discuss the medications being taken with your physician to avoid adverse drug interactions. The use of other drugs, alcohol, and opioids are not suggested when on a mp or switch to a different medication?ethadone treatment regimen.

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

Withdrawal symptoms can take place if methadone use suddenly halts. Because of this, treatment providers will help individuals safely taper off of methadone in order to avoid any adverse effects from taking place. As every treatment plan varies, the length of time that methadone is used will vary between patients as well. Some individuals take methadone for long-term maintenance while others are on methadone short-term.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The cost for treatment varies between patients since treatment through Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized in order to meet the treatment requirements of each individual. Variables that can determine cost include the type of medication received, the services used within a treatment plan, as well as the method of payment.

If you or someone you love would like to learn more about the cost of treatment, as well as treatment options available, contact Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.

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