Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

The use of methadone provides patients with much-needed relief from the physical symptoms of opioid addiction. Methadone is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid dependency and provides patients with relief from withdrawal symptoms while also eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. When taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of a licensed medical professional, the use of methadone is extremely safe. Patients who are prescribed this medication are able to actively play a role in daily activities such work, school, and driving without impairment.

Several prescription medications are available as part of medication-assisted treatment at Shelbyville Comprehensive Treatment Center (CTC). Because of this fact, patients should work closely with our treatment team in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique requirements.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Patients who are prescribed methadone should be made aware of its potential for addiction if the medication is not used properly. When taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of a trained medical professional, the use of methadone is extremely safe. The medical staff at Shelbyville CTC closely monitors the prescription and administration of all medications available in our treatment center, which decreases the chances of abuse and addiction while in treatment.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within the system, so patients who are prescribed methadone are unlikely to test positive if they need to complete a standard drug screen during their course of treatment. Also, since taking methadone as part of an approved medication-assisted treatment program is not illegal, individuals who do test positive for methadone will have the documentation that they need to ensure that they are not punished for such results. Of course, individuals who abuse opioids and other substances while in treatment will test positive on a standard drug panel.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

Although the use of methadone is clinically proven to be safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. By working closely with their treatment provider, patients will be able to determine the length of time for which methadone will benefit them and their treatment progress.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Patients who are prescribed methadone should avoid other medications, prescriptions, and substances prior to checking with their treatment provider due to the hazardous interactions that can take place when combined together. The use of opioids and/or alcohol should be avoided during treatment due to the dangerous interactions that can occur when taken 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 will coordinate with their treatment provider to gradually taper their methadone use. Patients who abruptly cease use of methadone often experience extremely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Once methadone is no longer in a patient’s system, he or she can then either transition onto a different mediation or remain substance-free without the assistance of a prescription.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

The treatment available at Shelbyville Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customizable to meet the individual needs of each patient. The specific medication prescribed, the form of payment utilized, and the therapeutic services included into a patient’s treatment plan can all impact the final cost of care.

If you or someone that you love is battling an addiction to opioids and would like to learn more about the treatment options that we offer, as well as the cost of care based upon your individual requirements, please contact Shelbyville Comprehensive Treatment Center today.

Our compassionate team of medical experts is here to ensure that each patient receives the highest quality of care in order to successfully pursue an opioid-free future.