Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Methadone is a medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is prescribed to individuals who are battling an addiction to opioids. When prescribed, patients will experience relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while also experiencing an elimination of cravings for continued opioid use. Once patients no longer experience the discomforts of withdrawal, they are able to focus on their recovery with a clear mind. Since methadone does not cause patients to experience feelings of euphoria, patients can play an active role in daily activities and treatment services without impairment.

There are multiple medications used in the treatment programming provided by Kelso Treatment Solutions. For this reason, patients will work closely with their treatment provider in order to determine the appropriate medication for their unique treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone does contain addictive properties, there is a risk for addiction when taking this medication. However, when methadone is taken as prescribed under the close guidance of a trained medical professional, the risk for addiction is minimal. Kelso Treatment Solutions works closely with patients to monitor the prescribing and administering of all medications to ensure each patient’s safety during the course of treatment.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

The use of methadone will not cause a patient to test positively on a standard drug screening, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

Methadone is clinically proven to be safe for both short- and long-term use. For this reason, patients are able to remain on this medication as long as is necessary to ensure that their treatment needs are met. By working with their treatment provider, patients are able to determine the length of time that using methadone will benefit them and their treatment progress.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Methadone can negatively interact with other substances. For this reason, patients should notify their treatment provider of any substances (over-the-counter medications, and/or prescriptions) that they are taking prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment plan. Opioids and/or alcohol should not be consumed during the course of treatment due to the dangerous effects that can take place when combined with methadone.

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 their treatment provider in order to safely taper off of this medication. Patients who abruptly cease using methadone often experience painful withdrawal symptoms. Once all traces of methadone are no longer in a patient’s system, he or she can either remain opioid-free without the assistance of methadone, or transition to a different prescription. By working closely with their treatment provider, patients can determine the appropriate next steps based upon their individual needs.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment options available at Kelso Treatment Solutions are highly customized to fit each patient’s unique needs. Therefore, the medications and therapeutic interventions that are utilized will vary, thus impacting the cost of care.

To learn more about methadone, as well as the other treatment options that we offer, please contact Kelso Treatment Solutions today. Our compassionate team of medical experts is here to provide you or someone that you love with the treatment that is necessary to safely return to a life without addiction.