Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved for use by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a prescription medication that is prescribed to assist individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. Extensive clinical research has confirmed the safety and effectiveness of methadone when taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional. When methadone is prescribed and taken, patients are able to experience relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal.

If you are considering incorporating the use of methadone into your treatment plan, please consult with your healthcare provider to determine if methadone is the correct choice based upon your treatment needs. Because there are other medication options available, it is important for patients discuss all treatment options available in order to determine which one is best for them.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Although there is a chance that a person can become addicted to methadone, the risk is extremely low when taken as directed within a medication assisted treatment program. When patients take methadone under the close guidance of a trained medical professional, the chances of addiction to this controlled substance are extremely low. South Amboy Comprehensive Treatment Center requires that patients receive their medication at the same center where they receive their treatment, which minimizes the risk for abuse significantly.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not show up on a standard drug screen should a patient be required to take one during the course of treatment. However, patients will test positive should they attempt to abuse other substances.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient will remain on methadone will vary based upon the unique needs of each individual. Although methadone is approved safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication long-term. By working with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the length of time that methadone will benefit you.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Because methadone can negatively interact with other medications, it is important for patients to openly discuss the use of other medications and/or substances with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment plans. Patients are also advised to refrain from using opioids and alcohol during the course of treatment due to the dangerous effects that can take place when combined with methadone.

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

Although some patients will remain on methadone for long-term maintenance, others will only utilize it short-term. Because patients can experience the symptoms of withdrawal should the use of methadone suddenly cease, patients should work closely with their physician in order to safely wean off of their medication until true recovery is achieved. Once a patient’s system is free from methadone, he or she may transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through South Amboy Comprehensive Treatment Center is customized to meet the specific needs of each patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can differ between patients. To learn more about the cost of care as well as the treatment available, please contact a member of our intake team today.