Methadone FAQ

How do I know if methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a safe treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. Approved decades ago by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid dependency, this medication safely eliminates the physical symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. Methadone provides patients with the mental clarity that allows them to participate in daily life while also playing an active and productive role in their recovery.

Can I become addicted to methadone?

Methadone can be addictive, especially when misused. However, at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island we closely monitor all patients to ensure that they are taking their prescribed methadone as directed. When methadone is taken as prescribed under the close supervision of trained medical professionals, the risk for addiction to methadone is minimized.

Will methadone show up on a drug screening?

Should a drug screen be required while in treatment, the use of methadone will not cause patients to test positive, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within the system. Patients who abuse opioids or other substances while in treatment will test positive on a standard drug screen.

How long will I need to be on methadone?

The length of time that a patient remains on methadone will be dependent upon their unique treatment needs. The use of this medication is clinically proven safe for long-term use which allows individuals to remain on methadone as long as necessary. By working closely with their treatment provider, patients are able to determine the appropriate length of time for them to continue to take prescribed methadone.

Does methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of methadone can negatively interact with other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and substances. Due to this, patients should first discuss the use of other substances with their physician prior to incorporating the use of methadone into their treatment plan. Of course, alcohol, opioids, and other recreational substances should be avoided while taking methadone.

What if I no longer wish to take methadone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Individuals who no longer wish to remain on methadone should work closely with their treatment team to slowly wean off of their medication. Individuals who attempt to abruptly cease use of methadone often experience painful symptoms of withdrawal. Once methadone is no longer in their system, patients are able to either transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the aid of a prescription.

What is the cost for methadone treatment?

Treatment available through Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient. Due to this, the final cost of care may vary among patients. To learn more about the treatment options available as well the cost of care based upon your unique requirements, please contact a member of Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island’ intake team today. We are here to provide you with the education, support, and tools that are necessary in order to achieve and maintain and opioid-free lifestyle.

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