Methadone Frequently Asked Questions

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Proudly serving the Ann Arbor, Michigan community, our methadone clinic provides adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.

How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone has extensive clinical research behind it to attest to its safety and effectiveness in the treatment of opioid addiction. Individuals who are struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers, morphine, and/or heroin find that by incorporating methadone into their treatment are able to obtain relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal and cravings for continued opioid use. When taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional within a licensed medication-assisted treatment program, methadone assists patients in obtaining the mental clarity that is required to productively progress in their treatment.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids and would like to incorporate methadone into your treatment, please speak with your healthcare provider to determine if this is the correct medication based on your individual needs. Because there are multiple medications available within medication-assisted treatment programs, it is important that patients work closely with their providers to receive the treatment that fits their specifications.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for abuse and dependency. However, when prescribed within a medication-assisted treatment program and closely monitored under the supervision of trained medical professionals, the risk for addiction is extremely low. Patients who are prescribed methadone are required to receive their prescription at the center where their treatment is being received. This minimizes the risk for abuse as the amount and frequency of dosages administered are controlled and monitored.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking methadone will not test positive as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone in an individual’s system. However, drug screens will produce a positive result if patients attempt to abuse opioids or other substances during the course of treatment.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time that a patient will remain on methadone will vary based on the needs of each individual patient. While some patients are only prescribed methadone for a short period of time, others will remain on it for the long-term. If you are considering incorporating methadone into your medication-assisted treatment plan, it is important to discuss the length of time in which methadone will benefit you with your treatment provider.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Because methadone can negatively interact with other medications, patients are advised to openly discuss the use of other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and substances with their physician prior to incorporating methadone into their treatment plan. Patients who are prescribed methadone should refrain from using other opioids, other illicit substances, and alcohol during the course of their treatment 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?

Although methadone is approved to be safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on it for the rest of their lives. Should you and your treatment team agree that methadone no longer benefits you or a different medication should be used, your physician will work closely with you in order to help you safely wean off of your medication to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Once weaned off of methadone, patients can work with their treatment provider to safely transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the assistance of medications.

What is the cost for Methadone treatment?

Ann Arbor Comprehensive Treatment Center provides patients with highly customizable care to meet the needs of each individual patient who seeks our assistance in breaking free from the cycle of addiction. The medication that is prescribed, the additional support services that are utilized, as well as the form of payment that is used will all impact the final cost of care for patients.

To learn more about the cost of treatment at Ann Arbor Comprehensive Treatment Center or to learn more about the treatment options that we offer, please contact one of our knowledgeable intake specialists today.