Use the online Methadone Assessment (located on the right) to help determine if methadone or suboxone are an appropriate treatment option for you. Opioid dependency ranges from mild to severe, and there are actually a variety of treatment interventions available for those suffering with an opiate addiction. Medication-assisted therapy is but one option, albeit a highly effective one for treating opioid dependency.

Please note that the assessment is for general guideline purposes only and is not meant to be a complete diagnostic tool. Always discuss your treatment questions with a knowledgeable physician or addiction professional.

Special Note: Having advanced liver disease, serious health complications, or active use of benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan) may disqualify a person from participating in methadone or suboxone treatment.


The Methadone Assessment
Am I a good candidate for opioid replacement therapy?

Instructions: Check any statement below that is true for you. After submitting your responses,
you will see the results of your assessment with suggestions for you to consider.

I have had an opioid addiction for one year or more.
When I run out of opiates, I experience withdrawal symptoms (ex. nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fever or chills, sweating, muscle cramps, body ache, feeling shaky or excessively fatigued, insomnia, or other symptoms).
I have had one previous detox or treatment admission specifically for opioid addiction.
I have previously been a client in a methadone program.
My opioid problem has led me to often fail in meeting responsibilities regarding family, work, or managing money.
When I don't have opiates, I think about them every day.
I have used IV (injectable) drugs within the past 3 months.
I am aware that many people who begin methadone treatment may continue to take methadone medication for a number of years.
I have been able to successfully abstain from opiates (not take them) for months at a time.
Family or friends have expressed serious concern about my opioid problem.
I have overdosed on opiates.
I can comfortably go for a week without using any opioids.
I don't think I could go to a clinic every day to take methadone. This would be too inconvenient for me.
I have been arrested before for possession of narcotics.
I am willing to abstain from all other illicit substances (including alcohol) in order to deal successfully with my opioid problem.
I have had opioid withdrawal symptoms, but they generally did not last more than a day or two.
I realize that methadone is an opioid substitute, and if accepted into a clinic, I will be physically dependent on the methadone medication.
I am at least 18 years of age.
I believe that counseling (in addition to methadone) is an important part of the recovery process from opioid addiction.
Disclaimer: This assessment is for general guideline purposes only. Please consult your healthcare provider for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment recommendations.