Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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 Southeast Massachusetts CTC Cluster 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southeast Massachusetts CTC Cluster.

  • These restrictions have 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 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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How do I know if Methadone is right for me?

Approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methadone is a safe option for treating dependence upon opioids such as prescription painkillers, morphine, and heroin. When prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, methadone provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while also eliminating cravings for continued opioid use.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids and would like to take part in a medication assisted treatment program that utilizes methadone, consulting with your physician in order to determine if methadone is the appropriate treatment option for you can be the first step in overcoming your addiction. Since there are other medications that can be prescribed within treatment, it is important to find the most appropriate fit based on your individual needs and treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Methadone?

Since methadone is a controlled substance, there is a risk for abuse to occur and dependency to develop. When used within a medication assisted treatment program, however, the risk for abuse is extremely low. Within treatment, patients are closely monitored by medical professionals to ensure that the dosage of methadone is being administered appropriately for each individual patient. Medication assisted treatment programs require that individuals receive their methadone at the same center where their treatment is being received, which eliminates opportunities for abuse.

Will Methadone show up on a drug screening?

Methadone will not cause an individual to test positive on a drug screen should a drug test be required during the course of treatment because a specialized test is required in order to detect the presence of methadone within the system. Drug screenings will, however, produce a positive result should a patient abuse opioids or other substances during treatment.

How long will I need to be on Methadone?

The length of time that patients will be required to remain on methadone will be dependent upon their individual needs. While some patients only utilize methadone for a short period of time, others will continue taking methadone long-term. By working closely with your physician, you will be able to determine the length of time in which you will be required to take methadone based on your needs.

Does Methadone interact with other drugs or medications?

Because methadone does have the ability to interact with other medications, it is extremely important to make your physician aware of any other medications that you are taking prior to incorporating methadone into your treatment plan. The use of opioids, other substances, and alcohol is not recommended when taking methadone.

What if I no longer wish to take Methadone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Although some patients will continue taking methadone long-term, it is not required that patients continue on methadone for long-term maintenance. Since withdrawal symptoms are known to take place should the use of methadone suddenly cease, it is important that patients work closely with their treatment teams in order to safely wean off of methadone should they wish to stop use. The team of professionals at Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers works closely with patients in order to determine what the appropriate treatment plan is based on their goals and needs.

What is the cost of Methadone treatment?

The treatment available through Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers is customized to meet the needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care will vary based on the services that are received, the method of payment being used, and the medication that is utilized.

Please contact one of our dedicated intake coordinators to learn more about the treatment available through Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers if you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids.