Tapering from Methadone

People who have experienced withdrawal symptoms from their addiction are fearful they will experience it again as they lower their dose of medication. What is the therapeutically advised means of tapering one’s dose?

Discussion Guide:

You may have been told that stopping Methadone or Buphrenorphine is worse than heroin. Why would someone believe that?

How do you know if you are ready to cease your medication?

What constitutes “readiness”?

We utilize a Tapering Readiness Tool to assess conditions that indicate readiness. Can you answer yes to all the items on the inventory?

What is the 10% rule of thumb?

What is blind dosing?


Tapering_Inventory  The purpose of this inventory is to help you decide if you are ready to discontinue Methadone or Buprenorphine at this time. Please note that Buprenorphine is interchangeable with Methadone.