Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a commonly prescribed medication that is given to individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. When taken as prescribed under the close supervision of a trained medical professional, the use of this medication is extremely safe. Methadone provides individuals with relief from the physical symptoms that take place once the use of opioids has ceased during the process of withdrawal. In addition, methadone eliminates cravings for continued opioid use which gives patients the mental clarity that is required to focus on recovery.

Utah Comprehensive Treatment Centers have multiple medication options that patients can incorporate into their treatment plans. Because of this, finding the appropriate fit is imperative to the safety and success of our patients. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine if methadone is the appropriate fit based upon your individual treatment requirements and goals.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Methadone is a controlled substance which carries the risk for addiction along with its use. However, when taken as prescribed, within a licensed treatment center, and under the close guidance of a trained medical professional, the risk for addiction is extremely minimal. The dedicated team of medical experts at Utah Comprehensive Treatment Centers closely monitor the administration of all medications to ensure the safety of our patients.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Individuals who are required to complete a drug screen while taking methadone will not test positive as a specific test is required to detect the presence of methadone within a person’s system. Standard drug screens will, however, detect the presence of opioids and other illegal substances should a patient attempt to abuse them during the course of treatment.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

Although methadone is approved safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication long-term. The length of time that an individual will remain on methadone will be dependent upon their unique treatment goals and requirements. By closely working with our staff of medical experts, patients will be able to determine the length of time that methadone will benefit them for.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of methadone can cause negative interactions with other prescriptions and substances. Because of this, patients should notify their treatment providers of any other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and/or substances that they are taking prior to incorporating the use of methadone within their treatment plans. Patients who are prescribed this medication should refrain from using opioids, alcohol, or other illegal substances 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?

Should a patient no longer wish to remain on methadone, he or she should work closely with his or her treatment provider in order to safely taper off of the medication. Individuals who suddenly cease use of methadone will experience uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal which can be avoided by following a schedule put in place by your treatment team. Once a patient is no longer on methadone, he or she may then transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without medication assistance.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Utah Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with the highest quality of customized care possible. Through a highly individualized treatment approach, patients are able to develop a plan of treatment that specifically meets their unique treatment criteria. Because treatment will vary between patients, the final cost of care will vary as well. To learn more about the cost of care based upon your treatment needs, please contact Utah Comprehensive Treatment Centers today. We are here to assist you in achieving a life free from the dangers of opioid dependency.