Ask the Expert: Dr. Mary Wenzel, Addiction Specialist

Dr. Wenzel, addiction specialist, is our clinic's Medical Director. She joined our recovery group for a question and answer session. Listen in as our members ask Dr. Wenzel questions related to medication assisted treatment.

Discussion Guide:

Is it acceptable to split one's daily dose of methadone? Under what conditions is it advisable to split one's dose?

Is it safe to take daily prescribed benzodiazepine medication in conjunction with methadone? What is considered an excessively high dose of benzodiazepine?

What is the best way to talk to your family about addiction medication and treatment?

What is Vivitrol and how does it work for opiate addiction?

When is an appropriate time to start tapering methadone?

If I am discharged after tapering methadone down to zero dose, and I want to return to to treatment, can I easily come back?

What do you recommend for side effects of methadone such as sweating, constipation and poor sexual functioning?

What are the pros and cons of switching from Methadone to Suboxone? Or, from Suboxone to Methadone?

LAAM was previously used as a longer acting medication for opiate dependence. Why was it discontinued?