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 prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. Extensive research has confirmed that methadone is both a safe and effective treatment option to overcome an addiction to opioids such as prescription painkillers, morphine, or heroin. When taken within a comprehensive medication assisted treatment program, methadone provides patients with relief from the painful symptoms of withdrawal while also diminishing cravings for additional opioid use.

If you or someone you love would benefit from the treatment options available through Wausau Comprehensive Treatment Center’s medication assisted treatment program, please contact our treatment team to determine if methadone is the appropriate route to take based on your individual needs. Since other medications are available within our treatment program, it is important to work closely with our highly trained medical team in order to determine which medication is the correct fit for your needs and treatment goals.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for abuse. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, however, the risk for abuse is extremely low, as patients’ dosages are closely monitored by Wausau Comprehensive Treatment Center’s medical professionals. Patients are also required to receive their methadone at the same center where treatment is being received, which minimizes the risk for abuse as the frequency and dosage of methadone is highly controlled.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not cause an individual to test positive on a drug screen, as a specific type of test is required in order to detect methadone within a person’s system. However, should a patient attempt to abuse opioids or other substances during the course of treatment, a positive result will show up on a drug screen.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time in which an individual will utilize methadone for will vary depending on the specific needs and treatment requirements of each individual patient. While some patients are only prescribed methadone for a short period of time, others will continue taking it for long-term maintenance.

If you or someone you love is considering taking part in a program that incorporates the use of methadone, it is important to first discuss the length of time in which you will be prescribed methadone with your treatment team.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Since methadone can interact with other medications, it is important that patients openly discuss any other medications or substances that they are taking with their prescribing physician in order to avoid adverse effects from taking place. It is also important that patients refrain from using other opioids, drugs, and alcohol while taking methadone due to the dangerous interactions that can occur.

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

While some patients continue taking methadone for long-term maintenance, other patients will only be prescribed it for a shorter period of time. Since withdrawal symptoms can emerge should the use of methadone suddenly cease, it is important that patients work closely with their treatment providers in order to safely wean off of the medication or to safely transition onto a different medication.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

The treatment provided at Wausau Comprehensive Treatment Center is extremely individualized to meet the needs of each patient who walks through our doors. The cost of treatment will vary between patients depending on the medication prescribed, the additional treatment options utilized, and the payment method used.

If you or someone you love would benefit from the individualized treatment available through Wausau Comprehensive Treatment Center, please contact our dedicated intake experts to learn more.