Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medication that is commonly prescribed to individuals who are battling addictions to opioids. When taken as prescribed and under the guidance of a trained professional, the use of Methadone is safe. Methadone provides relief from the physical discomforts that occur once use of opioids has ceased. Methadone also keeps cravings for continued opioid use at bay, which provides patients with the opportunity to achieve the mental clarity that is required in order to successfully focus on the remainder of their recovery.

There are multiple medications available for patients who take part in the treatment available through Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine. Because of this, patients are advised to work closely with our team of addiction treatment experts to determine the appropriate fit based upon their unique treatment needs and goals.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since Methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for addiction that accompanies its use. However, when this medication is taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a trained professional, the risk for addiction is extremely low. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine ensure that patients are closely monitored to further decrease the risk of Methadone abuse.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Methadone will not test positive, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system. However, should a patient abuse opioids or other substances during the course of treatment, he or she will then test positive.

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 needs. Although the use of Methadone is approved safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. By working closely with our treatment team, patients will be able to determine the length of time that Methadone will be beneficial for.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since Methadone can negatively interact with other substances, patients who are prescribed this medication should avoid taking other prescriptions, substances, and/or over-the-counter medications until they are able to confirm their safety with their treatment provider. Patients should inform their physician of any other medications or substances that they are taking prior to incorporating the use of Methadone into their treatment plan. The use of opioids, alcohol, and other illegal substances should not occur while taking methadone due to the extremely dangerous interactions 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 remain on Methadone should closely work with their treatment provider in order to safely taper off of this medication. Many patients experience painful withdrawal symptoms when use of Methadone abruptly ceases. Once Methadone is no longer in a patient’s system, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain substance-free without the aid of a prescription.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine is highly individualized to meet the unique goals of each individual patient. Because of this, cost of care can vary patient-to-patient. To learn more about the final cost of care based upon your individual treatment requirements, please reach out to Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine today. We are here to assist you in taking the first steps towards a life free from the dangers of addiction.