Does Methadone Show Up On Drug Tests?
Methadone is a prescription medication that is commonly used in the treatment of opioid addiction. Methadone itself is a controlled substance and in the same family of opiate drugs that many people have become addicted to. It should only be used as part of a closely monitored treatment program.
Methadone Treatment And Drug Screening
When patients are using methadone as part of their recovery treatment plan, they often ask whether or not having the drug in their system will make them test positive on a drug test. While specific methadone drug tests do exist, the use of methadone does not typically show up on a standard urine drug test. The urine tests that are commonly used by employers are more generalized. They do detect opiate drug use, such as heroin, codeine, or morphine, but they do not usually detect methadone, which would require a more specialized drug test looking for that particular chemical make up. l
There are some fairly basic over-the-counter drugs that do sometimes show a methadone false positive. Diphenhydramine, for example, which is found in common OTC antihistamines like BENADRYL® occasionally displays like methadone on a drug test. Drugs with sleep aids like Tylenol PM or Advil PM can also present a false-positive result.
Drug Testing During Addiction Treatment
Do employers test for methadone? Some may. However, it is important to note that if your doctor has prescribed methadone maintenance to help ease withdrawal symptoms as one of your treatment options, you cannot legally be terminated from employment if methadone should appear in your test results. Patients who are recovering from the disease of drug or alcohol addiction and are undergoing medication-assisted treatment, are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Effective Medication-Assisted Treatment Without Methadone
If you or a loved one is suffering from the disease of addiction, there are other very effective treatment options available without methadone use. Suboxone/buprenorphine and Vivitrol/extended-release naltrexone are other prescription drugs that have been approved by the FDA for use in addiction treatment. These drugs also do not show up on common drug tests without testing for the specific drug.
BrightView Treatment Centers successfully uses these drugs to treat the disease of drug and alcohol addiction. Medication-assisted treatment, when combined with counseling and group therapies, can be highly effective at achieving positive long-term results in treating substance abuse disorders. Our intensive outpatient approach also helps individuals maintain many of their normal day-to-day activities and employment, which is also an important component of a successful recovery process.
If you are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, we encourage you to contact us today. Our friendly and caring staff answer the phones 24 hours a day. 1-833-510-HELP