Are You Eligible for Methadone?

Methadone is widely available, inexpensive and very effective for the treatment of serious opiate addictions. However, in order to become eligible for methadone treatment, potential patients must meet state and federal requirements.

Who is Eligible for Methadone Treatment?

  • Anyone who is physically addicted to opiates at the present time, and who has been addicted for at least one year prior to requesting methadone treatment, is eligible to be treated with methadone.
  • The duration of a potential methadone patient's opiate use can be proven with a doctor's letter certifying the length of the addiction, or records indicating past opiate treatments. Additional ways to prove duration of use include the notarized certification of opiate use by a family member or a member of the clergy, a history of arrest for drugs, or a confirmation of the addiction from a probation or parole officer.

Can Anyone Get Methadone Before One Year of Opiate Addiction?

  • Pregnant women, people who have been released from prison within the previous six months, and people who were previously treated with methadone can get into a methadone treatment program without having to prove a year of opiate addiction.

Can Someone Under 18 Get Methadone?

  • Minors are eligible for methadone if they can show two documented treatment or detox attempts within 12 months, and if they have the written consent of a parent or guardian.

For answers to specific questions about your situation and your eligibility for methadone, consult with a methadone treatment specialist at 888-471-0430

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