Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southeastern Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

In adherence to the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, we have implemented strict protocols at our clinic to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Patients who have active symptoms of illness or a fever of 100 degrees or higher must call ahead to arrange after-hours dosing.
  • The number of people allowed inside the building at any given time is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • The number of people waiting in line is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines, and those present must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another.
  • To maintain line restrictions, patients are asked to wait in their cars until direction is given.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Southeastern Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Southeast Massachusetts Methadone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Southeast Massachusetts, our methadone clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.

How It Works and Is It Safe?

How Methadone Treatment Works

Approved for use in opiate recovery programs since the 1960s, methadone carries decades of clinical research along with its use. In comparison to the other medications that are prescribed to treat addiction, methadone has been the most studied. Typically prescribed in a liquid solution or dissolvable tablet, methadone is given daily and works with the central nervous system to prevent patients from experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal while also providing them with relief from cravings for continued opioid use.

Numerous studies have concluded that when taken as directed under the supervision of a medical professional, methadone will not cause any short- or long-term health risks to patients due to its safety and non-toxic makeup. Experts advise that most of the side effects that take place due to methadone use are temporary and typically only take place during the induction phase of treatment.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, methadone is a safe treatment option for pregnant women who are addicted to opioids as methadone will not pose any detrimental health risks to the mother or her child.

As is the case with any medication, the use of methadone can be dangerous if it is taken outside of its prescribed guidelines. Overdosing on methadone is a reality for individuals who consume this medication for recreational purposes. One-third of all prescription medication deaths that take place each year are due to methadone overdose. It is, however, imperative to note that these deaths were directly due to individuals taking methadone in an illegal manner and were not due to methadone use within a licensed medication assisted treatment program. When methadone is taken as directed under the supervision of a trained medical professional, the use of this medication is extremely safe.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Methadone Treatment

Due to decades of clinical research, the use of methadone is a safe and effective treatment method for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), treatment that utilizes methadone to treat opioid addiction is currently the most effective form of treatment available today.

In addition, the CDC also advises that numerous studies have confirmed the following successes directly linked to treatment that utilizes methadone:

  • Reducing or ceasing drug use
  • Lowering the risk of overdose
  • Decreasing the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
  • Drastically increasing life expectancy (the average death rate of opiate addicts who take part in methadone treatment is 30 percent lower than those who do not receive treatment)
  • Reduced chances of taking part in criminal activities
  • Increased family stability and employment potential
  • Improved outcomes for pregnant women and their babies

When it is used as directed as part of a licensed medication assisted treatment program, methadone is effective.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Methadone Treatment & Counseling

While methadone works to provide relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, patients must also obtain treatment for the emotional part of their addiction as well. By utilizing therapeutic services, such as individual and group therapy sessions, patients are able to address and treat the underlying factors that may have contributed to their addictive behaviors in the first place.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Although methadone is a safe and effective treatment option, it is important for patients to understand that it is not to be viewed as a cure-all for their addiction. True recovery takes time, effort, and patience. By working closely with the team of physicians, nurses, and counselors at Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers, patients are able to receive the compassionate treatment required in order to achieve lasting recovery. When patients play an active role in their treatment, as well as follow the guidelines and advice from our team of medical experts, overcoming an addiction to opioids becomes a reality.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Before you are able to provide support to someone who is struggling with an addiction, you must first obtain support for yourself. Addiction impacts all who it touches, which include those closest to the individual who is abusing opioids. Learning more about the disease of addiction, as well as understanding the limitations of treatment, will help you gauge what is required of you throughout the course of your loved one’s treatment.

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Methadone

The following are the potential side effects that can take place during methadone treatment:

  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Slowed breathing
  • Skin rashes
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)

To learn more about methadone, as well as the other treatment options available, please contact Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers today. Our teams of knowledgeable experts are here to assist you throughout the entire process of recovery.