Frequently Asked Questions About Methadone Maintenance Programs

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone provides much-needed relief to patients who are battling an addiction to opioids. This U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication eliminates cravings for continued opioid use while relieving symptoms that often accompany withdrawal from opioids. When methadone is taken as prescribed under the guidance of trained medical professionals within a licensed treatment center, its use is extremely safe. In addition, methadone provides patients with the ability to take part in daily activities such as work, driving, and school without impairment.

Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer patients the ability to incorporate various prescription medications within their individual treatment plan. For this reason, patients should closely work with their treatment provider in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

As methadone is a controlled substance, there is potential for addiction. When taken as prescribed, however, the risk for addiction is minimal. Comprehensive Treatment Centers closely monitor the administration of prescriptions in order to ensure each patient’s safety throughout the course of treatment.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

The use of methadone will not cause a patient to test positive should a drug screen be given while in treatment. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within the system. However, patients who attempt to abuse opioids and/or other substances while in treatment will test positive on any drug screen that is administered.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

While some patients will remain on methadone long-term, others will only utilize it for a short period of time. The length of time that a patient is prescribed methadone will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment needs. By working with our treatment team, patients can determine the length of time that methadone will benefit them for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone can negatively interact with other substances, patients should refrain from taking methadone until they speak with their treatment provider. Patients should notify their treatment team of any prescription, medications, and/or substances that they are taking prior to incorporating the use of methadone into their treatment program. The use of opioids and/or alcohol should not occur while in treatment due to the hazardous interactions that can occur when combined with methadone.

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

Patients who no longer wish to remain on methadone should work closely with their treatment team in order to gradually wean off of their medication. Symptoms of withdrawal can occur should a patient abruptly cease use of methadone. Once all traces of this medication are no longer in the system, patients can then either remain opioid-free without the assistance of medication or transition onto a different prescription

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Comprehensive Treatment Centers are customized to meet the treatment needs of each individual patient. The therapeutic interventions utilized, the form of payment given, and the specific medication prescribed can all impact the cost of care for our patients.

To learn more about the treatment options that we offer as well as the final cost of care based upon your unique treatment requirements, please reach out to a member of our intake team today. Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to provide you or someone that you love with the compassionate support required in order to successfully progress towards recovery.

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