Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction, methadone is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with addictions to prescription painkillers and/or heroin. Because methadone will not cause patients to experience the same euphoric high that opioids elicit, individuals who are prescribed this medication are able to take part in daily activities, such as work, driving, and school, in a focused and productive manner.

Individuals who are considering utilizing methadone should first consult with their treatment provider to determine if this medication is the appropriate fit based upon their unique needs. Because there are multiple treatment options available, patients should work closely with their physicians to ensure that the appropriate medication is prescribed.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Methadone is a controlled substance which carries the risk for abuse along with it. However, when this medication is taken as directed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional within a licensed treatment center, the risk for abuse is extremely low. The dedicated team of medical professionals at Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center works closely with patients to monitor the administration of methadone in order to minimize the risk for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

The use of methadone will not cause patients to test positive on a drug screen, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system. However, patients who attempt to abuse opioids or other drugs during treatment will test positive on a drug screen.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient remains on methadone will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment requirements. The use of methadone is approved safe for long-term maintenance, which allows patients to remain on this medication for as long as they need. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine the length of time that this medication will benefit you for during your recovery.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Methadone can negatively interact with other prescriptions, substances, and over-the-counter medications. Due to the potentially dangerous interactions that can take place, patients should openly discuss the use of other substances with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment plan. Individuals who are prescribed methadone should refrain from using opioids, alcohol, and/or other illegal substances during the course of treatment due to the dangerous side effects that can take place.

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

Patients who begin treatment on methadone are not required to remain on it long-term. Because uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal can take place if the use of methadone suddenly ceases, individuals who wish to no longer use methadone should work closely with their treatment providers in order to safely wean off of this medication. Once methadone is no longer in a patient’s system, he or she can either transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free. These decisions should be made by working closely with your team of treatment providers in order to determine the appropriate route to take based upon your unique treatment needs and goals.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment provided by Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center is customized to meet the unique needs of each individual who seeks our assistance in breaking free from the dangerous cycle of addiction. The medications that are prescribed, the services that are utilized, and the method of payment that is used can cause the final cost of care to vary.

To learn more about the cost of care based upon your individual treatment requirements, as well as to learn more about the treatment we offer, please contact the intake team at Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center today. We are here to assist you in achieving the recovered life that you deserve to be living.

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