Methadone Clinic And Drug Testing
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I just started going to the methadone clinic about 4 weeks ago. I used to be a very heavy drug user, Heroin and pills were my life. When I took my initial drug test at the clinic I asked them if my marijuana levels were really high, and they told me they don't test for marijuana. I live in Texas. Does anyone know what kind of drug test they are using and exactly what they test for? I thought on all standard drug tests, they test for THC. Also I mistakenly took a 1mg football mistaking it for an aleve. In highschool i used to put them in aleve bottles. My mom just moved and the bottle was up in the medicine cabinet in the new house. OOPS. When I started feeling extremely relaxed, it clicked at what I had just ingested. This was 10 days ago today. The clinic tested me this morning. I'm not very familiar with this drug test and what exactly they are looking for. I used to work in a treatment center (before relapsing) and the addictionologist told me that klonopin can be detected for up to 2 weeks, but it has a MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT longer half life than xanax. I'm just looking for some people's feedback that are familiar with the clinic and the drug testing there. I AM VERY AWAY THAT IT IS VERY DANGEROUS TO MIX BENZOS WITH METHADONE. It has taken several of my friend's lives. No one has to tell me that, I have experienced it first hand. It was an honest mistake but if I come up positive, there is NO WAY my counselor will believe that. What do drug addicts do... con and lie to people. I'd appreciate any feedback people can give me.

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niki Says:
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I'm on methadone and 2mg xanax and the clinic and my psychiatrist are both ok with it. And they don't test for marijuana bc it's basically legal and if ur over 21 they don't even care about alcohol. Just opiates, coke, methamphetamine, and the other hard s***.

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Ali Says:
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Hi. I just had a question. I live in Michigan and I don't even know how the methadone clinic that I am in is even open. Not only do they commit Medicare fraud. I have been smoking marijuana for the last eight years and I have been in the same methadone clinic for the last six years. So they had been giving me problems about the fact that I smoke marijuana especially after I could get my Lara card, they finally after six years said that I had to get my marijuana card or that I was going to get kicked out of the clinic on 175 mg. I went to try and get my Lara card, and although I have endometriosis, interstitial cystitis and I am a total mental case they told me that the only thing that they cared about anymore was my interstitial cystitis. So I signed a release for him to get that paperwork the problem is that it is over two years old because for so many years I fought and fought for the right to just not live in pain. I thought until I could not fight anymore and I joined a methadone clinic. It was easy to join as it is now. To get your marijuana card you have to have information and diagnosis and it has to be in the last two years. If you just walk into a methadone clinic and tell them that you inject heroin and that you have about a $300 a day use, you can immediately get 45 mg of methadone and be up to 80 mg by the end of the week. I agree with methadone as it has helped my pain and saved my life as well as my husbands. But now I may be getting kicked off of my methadone because I smoke marijuana. I think it is wrong and that they should have made that a must have since the beginning. I think that you should have to be on a heroin blocking dosage in order to get on methadone because they just use methadone to feel higher off of heroin. I am doing good but they want to kick me off, I don't understand that especially when I don't drink alcohol. The state wants me to have my medical marijuana card in order to stay on methadone, but that same state of Michigan will not give me my medical marijuana card. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me. I have had no counseling services and obviously I'm not going to give you the name of the place that I attend until I know that something is going to be done. There is so much more to tell but I need to know that I will be taken care of and don't even have to think about not having my medication.

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Truthful Says:
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They don't test any UA for alcohol. They use breathalyzers. My friend is an alcoholic and he has to take one very single time he doses.

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LOKI Says:
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Well first of all I live in texas and as far as I know my clinic does not test for marijuana. They do test for everything else as far as I know and they send it to a lab. So I'm guessing that they do see if you take marijuana or not and for some reason don't care. That boggles my mind but whatever. Now when you take your test depending on the level of alprazolam or benzo that is in your system, yes, they can tell and they may believe your story! But then again they have heard every story under the sun and then some but most methadone clinics are more interested in your money than you failing a drug test there. So if anything you'll probably get a slap on the wrist and a lecture especially if it's your first time failing a ua. But if this is a continual thing they can lower your level to where you don't get as much takeout or things like that. But I don't know if all texas methadone clinics do the same thing. I have been going to my methadone clinic for 10 years now for almost 10 years. I've had several spinal surgeries in my life and I got addicted to hydrocodone and then I lost my insurance. The pain in my spine is real and there are no current surgeries to help me with my situation. Methadone is the first drug I've ever taken that doesn't f me up and I don't feel any euphoria from it because it goes straight to the intense pain in my body. But I guess I could say I do feel a bit of euphoria when my muscles are relaxed. That's about the most euphoria I feel but of course that was not your question that's just a little backstory to help you know that I know what I'm talking about. As far as my clinic goes I've failed many ua's for benzos and got several flaps on the hand and lectures until they lowered my take out for a couple months until I passed three ua's and then they put me back on my regular takeout which is the highest they go at my clinic. They used to do a month and then some kind of issue happened so they stopped doing that. They used to do two weeks then an issue happened with that as well. So there are very few people that get takeouts at my clinic and if you do something and screw up you lose the takeout and the most you're allowed to get is one week and that doesn't matter if you've been going 10 years like I do!!! Now I do want to point out that I am prescribed 1 milligram xanax 3 times a day and as long as I have a prescription for it my clinic has no problem with it and on top of that I am prescribed a very low dose of ritalin twice a day. I had a son. He's almost 2 years old. I went into terrible postpartum in my brains. Never been the same since so all these meds are to get me back on track as bad as it sounds the xanax has been my saving grace and the ritalin has kept me on track because I start too many projects in too many rooms and get sidetracked by my son. He is in a completely safe environment so if you do get any medications or if you do take any xanax wait till after your ua that way you have plenty of time to get clean cuz if you're going to do it you're going to do it but I know you said it was an accident. I think honestly you would have seen the difference because the taste is different but if you did accidentally do it I know it can happen so good luck but when they bring it up be honest about it and look them in the eye and try to assure them that this is not a regular thing and make sure you pass the next ua so you can prove your word so good luck with that and if you ever have any questions related to a texas methadone clinic please feel free to write me back.

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an educated friend Says:
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Although Klonopin and Xanax or both benzo's, unless they are specifically testing for Klonopin, most of the time it will not show up. Xanax however will pop right up. I do know that it cost a little extra for them to run a test to differentiate the two and most of the time they don't do that. I'm not talking about other places because I don't know for sure but at the methadone clinic I do know this. Also , if you take Xanax every day, most likely five days later you will probably fail. If you take Xanax only when needed and maybe just one time every couple weeks, you should be safe on day three. If you never take them and you just took one one time, still I would wait three days to be absolutely certain but it will likely come out within two days. So three days is your safe day. Otherwise, the average amount of time it stays in your system and I'm talking benzodiazepines, is 10 days.

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Deadlynightshade Says:
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Most clinics are monthly. They're obviously f*****g with you. One random test a month but they can give you one everyday if they want to.

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Mami Says:
 
I had one 4oz margarita and got called into the methadone program. I had the drink at 2 in the afternoon and they took my urine at 10am. do u think it will come up dirty. I have bottles and haven't done heroin in 3yrs. From time to time like twice a year I may have a margarita.

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Rachel Says:
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Why would you "tell everyone"? And if u had half a brain, you would get that no one will beleive you without proof. Booze leaves your system an hour an oz. try this, follow the rules of the clinic. Did u go to get clean or to just not get sick?

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T Doss Says:
 
I think you will be ok on the football... They usually send your urine out to a lab and have it tested and also a benzo count to see not only if you have benzos in your system but what kind. I find it hard to believe you say you have been a Hard core drug user and heroin and pills were your life and you didn't know you was taking a xanax cause you put them in a aleve bottle?? sorry dude but ive heard better ones than that. Im not trying to be a prick but come on man, I can spot a xanax from 10 feet away. I started taken them in 86 and ive never taken one by mistake. I could be wrong... xanax has a very short life and washes out of your system very quick. I switched from zans to clonazepam and the zans were out of my system in less than 2 weeks. If your young and have a fast metabolism, and not a lot of fat on you then i would say less than a week but you will be ok. These clinics only care about two things. Money being the biggest thing and not being sued after a client od's from methadone and to many benzo's.

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Loki Says:
 
I think clinics use a 10 panel which tests for the 1st 5 is whats tested for in the 5 panel then including those and the rest of the listed drugs make up the 10 panel (5 PANEL: Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Opiate) + Benzo's, Barbiturates, Oxycodone, Methadone, Phencyclidine. Because I know they have to use a test that shows that you are taking the methadone and not selling it or something but I find it funny, in TX anyways, tell you they don't test for Marijuana when the tests their using obviously do but whatever lol it seems like one of those don't ask don't tell situations!!! So I know if you do your research on urine based drug tests it seem like 5 panel test don't tell them what they need to know and 10 panel includes Methadone and some drugs that r dangerous mixed with Methadone and the rest that are in that 10panel and your testing positive ti can help them rate the severity of your addiction. I've been going to a Tx Methadone clinic almost 10 years so this comes from questions I asked the clinic, research, and observation i gathered over the years. I'm I plan to leave the clinic but I have to find a pain management doctor and a back doc to help me with my pain probs cuz right now that's all this Methadone is doing for me the addiction part is well under control now im just looking for the correct Dr.'s to help fix my back problems after the several surgeries that landed me in this situation!!! Sorry for the added glimpse into my life lol but I hope my drug testing knowledge will give u some insight!!!!

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CC Says:
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If you're a client at a Methadone Clinic, how many different drugs do they test you for? They never fully tell you all of them.

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Miss Vegas Baby Says:
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Omg! I totally understand what you are going through! I think you should be okay! Even if you are Not okay....and it is your first screw up normally they won't kick you out.....plus, there's so many other Methodone Clinics to transfer too.....trust me!

I am terrified right now of something similar.....but mine is alcohol, they say you can't have alcohol in your urine or they will drop you at my clinic...the funny thing is, is that Everyone at my Clinic drinks and No one has gotten kicked out...if I get kicked out for that I will Tell Everyone and get them shut down for Not being consistent!!

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Missa Says:
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Unless u screwed up or something ive been on clinic to a year and know slot who are. Tests are random but almost always just once a month unless it counselor is questioning somethin then they will order more. Sorry hopefully u find out what there questioning.

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Worried girl Says:
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I took 30mg of methadone 1 week ago. I have a saliva test for a job I really want in 2 weeks. Will I pass?

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LizzyV Says:
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What do u mean weekly testing isn't normal? I take one each week have been going to the clinic for 4 Months

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Loki Says:
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Well I've been going to a clinic for 10yrs and oddly enough they don't test for marijuana but as far as I know they check for methamphetamine, amphetamine, benzos, methadone (of course), opiates, cocaine, heroin. As far as I know I think that's it. I live in Texas as well but different clinics do different tests so I'm not sure exactly what your clinic runs on their test. Also most methadone clinics are in my eyes really in it for the money or that's the way mine makes me feel!! Oh and as for the one milligram Xanax that you accidentally took, I'm pretty sure it's out of your system by now but if you just started going to a methadone clinic they will expect you to relapse or expect to find funny drugs in your system from time to time but try your best to avoid that as necessary! And if you have a prescription for something as long as you give them the bottle whenever you get the prescription filled so they can see how many pills and all that jazz then you are allowed to take it no matter if it's narcotic or not but of course they don't want you taking anything that is opiate ! For example I am prescribed 1 milligram Xanax 3 times a day, but before I was prescribed I failed several drug tests for benzos throughout the 10 years of me going to this Clinic. normally they would just give me a slap on the wrist and after a few times they would punish me by dropping my level (not giving me as much take out and making me come in more often). I am over the addiction part of my journey so now the only reason I still partake in methadone is for pain management reasons. now I'm trying to find a doctor so I can get away from the methadone clinic but that's another story! Anyways my advice to you is to stay as low of milligrams as possible. I was only addicted to painkillers when I started methadone but I was taking very very large amounts and I never did heroin so I managed to stay on a pretty low milligram. I believe I started and comfortably got through my opiate addiction at 60 milligrams and over the years I blamed myself down to 40 where I've hit a wall because of my pain management issues. and as far as pain management, methadone has meant the world to me and giving me a quality of life that I was unable to achieve through hydrocodone. infamy the methadone goes straight to the pain, there's no euphoria and I don't get messed up, and I have a child now so that means the world to me. so finding a drug that will follow the same guidelines is a quest I'm on before I leave the methadone clinic. Anyway sorry this is supposed to be about you not me but I suggest staying under 90 milligrams unless you're just dying of discomfort and if possible get through your withdrawal with the methadone and then get off it as quick as possible. if it wasn't for my extenuating circumstances I would have gotten off immediately after I got over my opiate withdrawals because I warn you the longer you wait the harder it is to get off of methadone. I have a friend who has done it and he said it's probably just as bad as withdrawing from heroin!!! So I hope what I've said may help you in the long run. I'm still here if any questions need answering. good luck with your journey!

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Samm Says:
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I do not do not do methadone I did a store kit just to see what it would do it came up positive for methadone..

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Loki Says:
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Amen to that I've been on methdone almost 10years now and I don't care what they say at methdone clinics yes it takes q huge toll in ur teeth no matter how food or bad they r before u start!!! That said I have had several back surgeries an popped hydrocodones like m&M's, pain wise mdone has been a god sent it takes care of the pain without euphoria or messing me up and I only take enough to still feel pain so I'm trying to say low but 50mg has been as low as I can go or there's no picking up my son at all but I'm total over addiction so am basically using it for pain management at the moment there is nothing more docs cab do for le other than pills so I want to stay with it but am tired of dealing w the clinic and the stigma that comes w going to me one clinics. I do aqree thought if u can withdraw from whatever without methdone do it. It not worth dealing with the bull crap that comes w it

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Savethedramafoyomama Says:
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That is so ridiculous I know at my clinic they can only test you wvery 28 days unless you're phasing up or applying for an exemption. Frigging crazy man!

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MMT Educated Says:
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You have no idea what you are talking about, it may not work for you because you did not really work the program. Does not make you lose your teeth. FALSE!! MUCH HEALTHIER FOR YOUR BODY THAN OPIATES, HEROIN or any illicit drug. Been employeed in Methadone maintenance treatment for 12 years. Please do real research. If you are uneducated about the program keep your false misleading information to yourself. I could tell you so much but you would not listen so please just dont spew false information. It hurts those that may really want treatment.

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