Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

When taken as directed, methadone provides patients with relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for additional opioid use at bay. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids such as morphine, prescription painkillers, and/or heroin. Because the use of methadone will not cause individuals to experience cognitive interruptions, patients who are prescribed this medication are able to take part in daily actives in an uninterrupted manner.

Individuals who are interested in incorporating methadone into their treatment plan should first discuss this medication with their treatment provider. As there are multiple medications that can be prescribed within treatment, it is extremely important that the appropriate medication be prescribed in order to meet the unique requirements of each patient.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

There is a risk for abuse and dependency when taking methadone, as this medication is a controlled substance. However, when taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional within a licensed treatment center, the risk is extremely low. The staff of medical professionals at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center closely monitor the prescribing and administration of methadone to ensure the safety of each of our patients.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

The use of methadone will not cause an individual to test positive should he or she be required to complete a drug screening during treatment. In order to detect methadone within a person’s system, a specific test must be administered. It is important to know that if a person consume other illicit substances or certain medications, a drug test will result in a positive.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time in which a patient will remain on methadone will vary based on the unique needs of each patient. While some patients will only utilize methadone for a short period of time, other patients may continue taking methadone long-term. By discussing your specific needs with your physician, you will be able to determine the appropriate length of time in which methadone will benefit you for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Using methadone in combination with other substances can cause extremely dangerous drug interactions. Because of this, patients who are considering utilizing methadone within treatment should first discuss the use of any other medications, prescriptions, and/or substances with their prescribing physical to ensure adverse effects do not take place. Patients should also refrain from using alcohol and other opioids 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 no longer wish to continue using methadone should work with their treatment provider to safely taper off of their medication. Uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal can take place when the use of methadone suddenly ceases, which can cause additional complications. Once methadone is safely removed from a person’s system, he or she can then talk about other treatment options or remain medication-free.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient who seeks treatment in our center. The medications that are prescribed, the additional therapeutic services that are utilized, as well as the payment method can all cause the final cost of treatment to vary between patients.

To learn more about the cost of treatment based upon your treatment requirements or to learn more about the treatment that we offer, please contact the intake team at Fitchburg Comprehensive Treatment Center today.