Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone provides individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Prescribed within medication assisted treatment programs, methadone is a safe and effective option for individuals who are battling addictions to heroin, prescription painkillers, and/or morphine. Methadone will not cause patients to experience the same euphoric high that they would typically experience while taking opioids, which allows them to progress in treatment with a clear mind.

By discussing this form of treatment with your healthcare provider, you can determine if incorporating methadone into your treatment plan is the appropriate route to take. Since there are other medication options available within Anchorage Treatment Solutions’ medication assisted treatment program, it is important to be prescribed the medication that meets your individual needs.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for abuse and dependency. However, when taken as instructed under the supervision of a medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program, the risk for abuse is extremely low. The dedicated team of professionals at Anchorage Treatment Solutions closely monitors the prescribing and administration of methadone in order to minimize the risk for abuse.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

While the abuse of opioids and other substances will produce a positive result on a drug screen, the use of methadone will not. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within the system.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

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

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Because dangerous adverse reactions can take place when methadone is combined with other prescriptions, substances, or over-the-counter medications, it is important to openly discuss the use of other drugs with your physician prior to incorporating methadone into your treatment plan. It is also important that patients refrain from using opioids, other illegal substances, and alcohol while taking methadone 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?

Simply because a patient begins treatment on methadone, it does not mean that he or she will be required to continue taking it long-term. Since uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can take place if the use of methadone abruptly ceases, it is important for patients to work closely with their physician in order to safely wean off of their medication should they no longer wish to take methadone. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine if switching to a different medication or continuing through treatment without medication is the right choice for you.

What is the cost of methadone treatment?

The treatment provided through Anchorage Treatment Solutions is customized to meet the needs of each individual patient. Because the medications that are prescribed, the services that are utilized, and the method of payment that is used can differ between patients, the final cost of care can fluctuate as well.

If you or someone you love would like to learn more about the treatment options available, please contact Anchorage Treatment Solutions today. We are here to help you achieve a life free from the dangers of addiction.

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