Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Prescribed to offer relief from the physical symptoms of opioid withdrawal, methadone is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medication with decades of research that attest to its safety and effectiveness. In addition to providing relief from the discomforts of withdrawal, methadone also eliminates cravings for additional opioid use. Because patients who are prescribed this medication will not experience any cognitive impairment, individuals taking methadone are able to take part in daily activities such as work and school without interruption.

By working closely with your healthcare provider, you can determine if methadone is the appropriate medication for you based upon your unique treatment needs. There are other medications available that treat opioid addiction, which is why finding the appropriate fit is extremely important.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Methadone is a controlled substance that does pose a risk for abuse and dependence. However, when methadone is taken as directed and under the guidance of a trained professional, this risk of abuse is extremely low. The medical team at Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center works closely with patients to monitor the administration of this medication 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. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system. However, other opioids and illicit substances will cause a positive result, which is why patients should refrain from using drugs in general.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

Although methadone is safe for long-term use, patients are not required to take this medication for a long period of time. By working closely with your team of medical experts, you will be able to determine the length of time that methadone will benefit you for.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since dangerous interactions can take place when methadone is combined with other substances, prescriptions, and/or over-the-counter medications, patients who are contemplating utilizing this medication should first discuss potential drug interactions with their physician. Additionally, patients who are prescribed methadone should refrain from using opioids and/or alcohol during the course of treatment due to the extremely 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 wish to cease their use of methadone should work closely with their treatment team in order to safely wean off of their medication. Because uncomfortable side effects can take place when the use of methadone suddenly stops, the treatment team at Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center works closely with patients to ensure their safety throughout the weaning process. Once methadone is completely out of an individual’s system, he or she can work closely with his or her treatment providers to determine if transitioning onto a different medication or remaining medication-free works best for his or her individual needs.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the unique needs of each individual who walks through our doors. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary between patients. To learn more about the treatment options that we offer and the final cost of care based upon your individual needs, please contact Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center today.