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 weed levels were really high, and they told me they don't test for weed. 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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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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Sugarfly525 Says:
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I go to the methadone clinic and for the first time ever I came up positive for cocaine. I slipped up and I'm back on track. I'm worried they are going to discharge me. Does anyone know what their procedure is?

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ianhol Says:
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If you clean your teeth after you take your methadone you can keep your teeth.for me methadone has saved my life and is way way way better and safer than the alternative.I am a contributing member of society.and I take go to the clinic.

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Unashamed lifer Says:
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Coke is like marijuana in that one dose will disappear in a few days, but chronic coke use takes about 2 weeks to clear up.

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Unashamed lifer Says:
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Ya know, some ppl just can't do it.... 2004, joined The Program. Stayed 6 mos, rapidly detoxed cuz i never paid. Sick 4 weeks at least. 2008, go back but with actual will to quit. Around 2013 my primary doc said if i was willing to drop to 40mg a day he would give it to me so of course im gonna take one visit a month over daily dosing. I assumed this would be my new maintenance. Nope- the following month he starts talking taper. Knowing how bad methadone was, i said lets switch me to suboxone for a month or 2. I figured 2mg a day 8 weeks on that would allow the methadone to leave, and not hook me on the sub. Did it, literally was sick for a year until i gave up and went back to methadone.

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Lm Says:
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I don't like to hear about anyone getting on the methadone program.....if u thought getting clean was hard....you most likely will never get off methadone...it destroys your body.... in a few years your teeth will be gone....I just spent a year getting off of methadone....went through hell...I wish you the best.

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DukeMadison Says:
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The same thing just happened to me. I have not been dropped a level, yet, but it's totally BS. I wouldn't even know where to get morphine, let alone use it. I am hoping my 3yrs off clean urines helps my case. I did however find out that poppy seeds metabolize as morphine. So with this extra weight I've gained from methadone, I've been on a health food kick lately, and gid only knows what kinda seeds, are in some of the weird ass rabbit food I've been doing myself to eat. It is very frustrating cause I have never been so squeaky clean in my life, I'm even eating healthy, and I have this "positive" on my UA records now, and they say they believe me, but I just can't help but think in my face they say one thing, but are probably thinking another.

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Lisa Says:
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Thanks my sister and bro-unlawful have been going to pain management clinic for a few years. But they didn't have to go everyday until they test positive which is meth. They have 2 boys and I don't understand why they are still letting them spend almost 200.00 a week for that and drive an hour away and not report it. They can't even pay their bills. I just wanna know how it works or is she lying to me

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Kara Says:
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Hey D, I also had a false positive happen to me. I tested for cocaine when I had never even used it before. I was taking methadone for back pain and not an addiction so when it happened I was shocked as u can imagine. The doctor dismissed it and said he was as surprised as I was. The only thing I can come up with is that the urine bottle was reusable and it hadn't been cleaned properly. If u were testing clean and this was out of character for u, then ur doctor should have dismissed it.

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Worried Says:
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I have NEVER heard of a clinic doing this! Are you self pay for your methadone or just the tests that they keep doing on you? Either way it is not normal to test weekly although we are at their mercy but if it is causing a financial burden get the director and respectfully explain the situation.

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D Says:
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I go to a treatment center,I'm on 110 mg of methadone daily,I've been there 2 years never failed anything, last week my test results came back morphine 84 ng/ml by gc/ms isn't that really low.they have took my 2 weeks take homes and dropped me a level not to mention my whole family thinks I'm on pills again. Any help would by appreciated.

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Worried Says:
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SCOTT, I am on methadone at a clinic (not sure about your situation) but I know they can test for metabolites wich is what your body breaks the drug in to and the detection times are much longer.Let us know what happened.

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D Says:
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I've been at RTC for 2 years.I take 110 mg of methadone daily,Iget 2 weeks take homes.never once have I fail a drug screen.last week mine came back with morphine in it,they took my take homes and drop a level,only God and I know that I didn't take morphine and this is not what an addict wants to happen trust me,its a false positive or something don't have a clue but really upset and don't have a clue what to do any ideas?

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Fox Says:
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He may very well be on to high of a dose. And is prolly falling asleep in the bathroom. I know this because I do it myself. Talk to him about seeing if he would lower his dose some. Chances are he will say no but he might.

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Mel Says:
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Saliva-''salt sticks'' if I brush my teeth before given this test it always comes back with nothing in my system...
Urine and blood tests are more accurate.

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