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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Southeast Massachusetts Suboxone Clinic for Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving Southeast Massachusetts, our suboxone 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 Suboxone Treatment Works

Using a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist that is prescribed in order to treat the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, works with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by opioids without causing individuals to experience the side effects of opioids. When taken, buprenorphine works with the brain’s opiate receptors, which allows patients to experience a reduction in withdrawal symptoms while also eliminating cravings for continued substance use. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist (“opioid blocker”) that counteracts the dangerous effects that opioids have within the body. When Suboxone is taken, patients will not experience the painful symptoms of withdrawal, which allows them to focus on their recovery.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment

Extensive research has confirmed the safety of Suboxone when taken as prescribed under the supervision of a trained medical professional. Patients who are prescribed Suboxone report a reduction in withdrawal symptoms while also experiencing relief from cravings for continued opioid use. Since Suboxone does not create feelings of euphoria when it is consumed, patients are less likely to abuse this medication. Unlike other medications that are prescribed in treatment, individuals will experience the symptoms of withdrawal should they attempt to abuse Suboxone during the course of treatment.

Clinical studies have confirmed that when Suboxone is used as an active component in treatment for opioid addiction, patients are able to achieve the mental clarity that is required in order to successfully progress towards lasting recovery. By consulting with a physician, you will be able to determine if Suboxone is appropriate for you based on your individual treatment needs and requirements.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment & Counseling

Overcoming an addiction to opioids is one of the largest hurdles that an individual may be faced with in his or her lifetime. Once addicted, he or she will eventually experience the symptoms of withdrawal once the use of that substance ceases. Knowing that the period of withdrawal will inevitably take place often is enough motivation for individuals to remain trapped in the cycle of addiction. By incorporating Suboxone into a comprehensive treatment plan, patients are able to avoid the painful symptoms of withdrawal while also keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. Once the physical symptoms of withdrawal are taken care of, patients are able to obtain the mental clarity that is required in order to successfully progress in treatment.

While Suboxone is a powerful addition to a patient’s plan of treatment, obtaining support for the psychological aspect of addiction must be obtained as well. By taking part in individual and group counseling sessions, patients are provided with a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to address and treat the underlying emotional and behavioral events that may have contributed to their addictive behavior in the first place. Group sessions bring patients together and allow them to receive support and encouragement from individuals who understand firsthand the struggles associated with addiction. Individual sessions allow patients the opportunity to work one-on-one with a trained counselor in order to further treat their addictive behaviors on an emotional level.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication-Assisted Treatment: Since addiction can affect the family and loved ones of an individual who is abusing opioids, it is important that everyone involved receive treatment. By playing an active role in your loved one’s journey to recovery, you are able to provide them with the support and encouragement that is necessary for lasting recovery. It is important to keep the following in mind throughout their journey:

  • Learn more about Suboxone, as well as other treatment options, in order to understand what your loved one is going through during treatment.
  • Make sure that your loved one is attending any appointments that he or she may have.
  • Show your support by asking how your loved one’s therapy is going, how the medication is affecting him or her, etc.
  • Congratulate your loved one on all successes, both big and small.
  • Never forget that the road to lasting recovery can be a long one, full of bumps along the way. Never lose hope that your loved one will be able to achieve recovery. Share your hope with him or her, especially during times where he or she may feel frustrated.
  • Obtain support of your own.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: Making the decision to take part in a mediation-assisted treatment program is a brave first step towards recovery. However, it is important to realize that you must play an active role in your entire therapeutic process and commit to your recovery. The following are tips on how to successfully navigate the recovery journey:

  • Adhere to any directions that are given to you by your treatment provider.
  • Consistently show up for all appointment to receive your medication.
  • Following any guidelines that are provided, such as refraining from using alcohol while taking this medication.
  • Actively play a part in group counseling sessions in order to get the most out of the experience.
  • Remain open and honest with your counselor during individual sessions. Your counselor is there to help you, not to judge you. Being honest will benefit your progress.
  • Openly communicate any questions, concerns, or issues that may arise throughout treatment. This is important so that treatment teams can properly monitor your progress, as well as make adjustments to your medication and dosage if necessary.
  • Do not use any form of opioids while taking Suboxone.
Side Effects

The Side Effects of Suboxone

As is the case when taking any medication, there are side effects that can take place when utilizing Suboxone. The following side effects have been noted during Suboxone treatment:

  • Headache
  • Generalized pain
  • Nausea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Low blood pressure
  • Numb mouth
  • Painful tongue
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Infections
  • Chills
  • Constipation
  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Coordination problems
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Back and abdominal pain
  • Fainting
  • Attention disturbances

Please make your physician aware if you experience any of these side effects so that he or she can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.

The dedicated, compassionate, and highly experienced team of medical professionals at Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to help you achieve lasting recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids, please contact us today.